Commentry

!

That's it from this match. It started like a train on fire but then fizzled out after the sprinkling of water from the heavens. There is one more game left on this hapless tour for the Windies and they would hope to level the series before boarding the flight. The venue for the last T20I is also the Bay Oval but the forecast ain't very promising on the 3rd of January. Let's keep our fingers crossed for an uninterrupted game. Do join us at 1900 local (0600 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

!

It was shaping up to be a cracking match! Colin Munro set the stadium ablaze with his rollicking knock and New Zealand were cruising. However, the tourists did manage to pull the strings back in the three overs after the Powerplay. Just when the Windies seemed to get some semblance of control in the game, the rain gods intervened and spoiled the party.

!

CALLED OFF! There was a little glimmer of hope for at least a 5-over encounter when the umpires went out for inspection but it's dashed now. The light spits of rain eventually turned into a proper rain and the officials had no other option but to call it off. What an unfortunate start to the new year!

!

2129 local time update - Finally, we are hearing some positive news from the ground. RAIN HAS STOPPED and the umpires are going out to inspect the conditions. The latest the game can resume is 2218 local for a 5-over encounter. Let's be hopeful of that, at least.

!

2105 local time update - The rain is still on and so are the covers. According to a tweet by the official handle of the Black caps, these aren't positive signs... Sigh... A damp squib to begin the year? Let's hold on in hope of anticipation of some play.

!

Oh dear... it's a shame... The rain returns and forces the players off the field here. Brathwaite has a look at the ball before handing it over to he umpires and walking off. Now that Windies have managed to quieten things a bit - 16 runs off the last 3 overs - this rain is an untimely one. If the DLS system comes into play here, it would favour the hosts greatly, something that wouldn't please the tourists. We'll get you the updates as we get them.

8.6
4

Ashley Nurse to Kane Williamson

FOUR! Not the ideal way to end the over. Nurse serves it a touch short in line of the stumps, Williamson goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket. There was a man in the deep who was seen running to his left but there's no chance for him to cut that off. A boundary it is that brings up 100 for New Zealand.

8.5
0

Ashley Nurse to Kane Williamson

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

8.4
1

Ashley Nurse to Anaru Kitchen

Short in length, pulled away to the deep on the leg side for a run that gets him going.

!

Anaru Kitchen walks in next. Didn't do much on debut, tonight's the night?

8.3
W

Ashley Nurse to Tom Bruce

OUT! What a catch! Remember the name? This is floated full on off, Bruce looks to slog it through mid-wicket but he fails to get the desired elevation. Nevertheless, he wouldn't have been faulted for thinking about runs there. But what he failed to account for is the presence of a 'gentle giant' by the name of Carlos Brathwaite in the way there. The Caribbean skipper flings himself to his right and pulls off a stunner. The ball was almost behind him before he took that. He knows the value of that catch and shows it in his celebration.

8.2
2

Ashley Nurse to Tom Bruce

Excellent running yet again. A touch shorter on off, Bruce goes back and cuts it through backward point. Before the fielder in the deep can get the throw in, a brace results.

8.1
0

Ashley Nurse to Tom Bruce

Flatter on the pads, gets it off the inner half to short fine leg.

7.6
2

Samuel Badree to Kane Williamson

Slipping shot! Williamson slips a touch as he pulls this one through mid-wicket. Does well to come back for two.

7.5
1

Samuel Badree to Tom Bruce

Bruce gets going with a flick through mid-wicket.

7.4
0

Samuel Badree to Tom Bruce

Another appeal, turned down! Badree floats it on the stumps, Bruce goes for the flick but there are two noises as he gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but to no avail. Sliding down leg, maybe.

7.3
0

Samuel Badree to Tom Bruce

Bruce finds the cover fielder with this push.

7.2
0

Samuel Badree to Tom Bruce

The batsman has played it to the point region.

!

Tom Bruce walks in next at the fall of the 3rd wicket.

7.1
W

Samuel Badree to Glenn Phillips

OUT! Can't keep Badree out of the wickets column in T20s, can you? He bowls a flat slider in line of the stumps, Phillips fails to pick it up. Goes back to play for that but is beaten and is struck in front of the sticks. An appeal here is just a formality as the umpire gives him the marching orders. Not the time tonight for Glenn Phillips. He perhaps knew that he was a dead duck and began walking almost immediately.

load more
Advertisement