WI 421 (49.2ov)
NZ 330 (47.2ov)

West Indies beat New Zealand by 91 runs

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  • So that is it from here. We are done with the warm-ups. Now it is time for the big event. We have a day's rest and we will meet on 30th May, 2019 for Match 1 between England and South Africa at The Oval, London at 1030 local (0930 GMT). For now, goodbye.
  • Windies skipper, Jason Holder, says it is a good win and he hopes it is building towards something special in the World Cup. Mentions Gayle gave them the impetus they needed at the start and the rest did exceptionally well. Further adds he is pleased with the bowlers and how they stuck to the plans. States there were a few blunders towards the end in the field but overall they had a good game. Tells they need to pay more attention to their fielding. Ends by saying they just want to enjoy their cricket in the World Cup and see where it takes them.
  • New Zealand, Kane Williamson, he thought the exercise today was outstanding, they know what the Windies are capable of and they showed their power today. Mentions they expect their bowling attack to be under pressure throughout the tournament and today was a good learning curve but not everyday can be their day. Credits Tom Blundell for the way he played, it was a knock under pressure and he did really well. States he can't reveal the information of whether they will play Blundell in the first game or not but he is happy with how he played.
  • Tom Blundell who is up for an interview, says he feels very good, it was a great day for him and he is happy he got a ton. States he is happy to spend some time out in the middle. Further adds the last few days have been good, they have had two good games and they are looking forward to the game against Lanka. Mentions he just backed his ability and he is confident when he goes out to bat. He is hopeful of getting a chance in the World Cup. Tells he has still no idea about his inclusion in the XI for the first game but he is happy if he plays or not. Ends by saying the target was always going to be a tough one and he is pleased with how they finished in the end.
  • The Windies bowling was very good to begin with. Till the time the ball was new, Cottrell, Thomas and Holder, all did a good job. However, once the ball got soft, their bowlers did take a pounding. Only Nurse was able to bowl a good spell during the middle overs. Carlos Brathwaite though finished as the pick of the bowlers as he ended with a three-fer.
  • A comfortable win for the Windies! An absolute morale boosting one for them. After Shai Hope's ton and handy innings from Lewis and Russell, they posted a massive 422. In reply, New Zealand needed a powerful start but they did not get it. They lost three even before they got to 50. Williamson and Blundell then steadied the ship. The two added a 120-run stand but just as they started to get going, the skipper got run out. Blundell then came out of his shell though, he started playing lovely shots, smashed the bowlers out of the park and got to a ton. However, the task was too much of an ask and once he fell, it was all about playing out the 50 overs for the Kiwis which they did.
  • 47.2FAllen to IshSodhi

    OUT! STUMPED! Sodhi's luck runs out and that is the end of the New Zealand innings. Ish comes down the track and Allen fires it outside off. The batter looks to put bat on ball but misses. Hope does the rest. WEST INDIES WON BY 91 RUNS!
  • 47.1FAllen to LFerguson

    Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 46.6CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    FOUR! Good shot. Full on off, Sodhi hits it over covers for a boundary.
  • 46.5CBrathwaite to LFerguson

    IN THE AIR BUT SAFE! Brathwaite bowls a good short ball, Ferguson looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards mid-wicket where Holder goes for the catch but sees Shai Hope coming and decides against it. In the end, Shai Hope runs to take the catch but it falls safely in no man's land.
  • 46.4CBrathwaite to LFerguson

    The batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely.
  • 46.3CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 46.2CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    46.2: C Brathwaite to Ish Sodhi,SIX! Sodhi lofts this over the covers for a biggie. It's hit high and over the fence. Some late hitting from the lower order.
  • 46.1CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    DROPPED! Nurse drops another one. This was in the arc of the batsman and he obliges by lofting it straight up and high towards cover-point. There is no elevation to it means it won't clear the fence. The fielder runs towards the direction of the ball but cannot hold on to it as the ball was swirling a bit. Sodhi gets a life.
  • 45.6FAllen to LFerguson

    Floated delivery on off, Ferguson defends it off the front foot. 6 runs and a wicket from the over.
  • Lockie Ferguson is the new batsman in.
  • 45.5FAllen to MHenry

    OUT! New Zealand are falling like nine pins here. Flighted delivery on leg, Henry comes down the track and looks to go big but misses it. Matt Henry gets stumped as Shai Hope quickly takes the bails off.
  • 45.4FAllen to IshSodhi

    Tossed up on middle, Sodhi comes down the track and nudges it towards the leg side for a single.
  • 45.3FAllen to IshSodhi

    FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Sodhi pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 45.2FAllen to MHenry

    Flighted delivery on middle, Henry comes down the track and plays it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 45.1FAllen to MHenry

    Tossed up on middle, Henry makes room and plays it towards covers for a single.
  • 44.6CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    FOUR. sodhi flicks this length ball through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 44.5CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    Carlos bowls a yorker outside off. The batsman fails to jam, it out.
  • 44.4CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    SIX! Sodhi Flicks this length ball up and over mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
  • 44.3CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    Sodhi also can bat he drives this length ball pitching outside off through covers for a couple.
  • Matt Henry is the new man in!
  • 44.2CBrathwaite to deGrandhomme

    OUT! Carlos bowls a length ball outside off, Colin looks to smash it through the off side, but ends up slicing it towards deep point. Nurse makes a lot of ground to his left and takes a very nice catch.
  • 44.1CBrathwaite to deGrandhomme

    FOUR! Colin smashes this through the covers for a boundary. New Zealand are not going down with out a fight.
  • 43.6FAllen to deGrandhomme

    DROPPED! Allen bowls it short on middle, de Grandhomme pulls it over mid-wicket where Ashley Nurse goes for the catch but spills it. Nurse drops a sitter there. The batsmen take a single.
  • 43.5FAllen to IshSodhi

    Flighted delivery on middle, Sodhi flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 43.4FAllen to IshSodhi

    SIX! Amazing shot. Short delivery on middle, Sodhi comes down the track and lofts it over long on for a biggie.
  • 43.3FAllen to IshSodhi

    Flighted delivery on off, Sodhi defends it off the back foot.
  • 43.2FAllen to deGrandhomme

    Floated on off, de Grandhomme drives it towards covers for a run.
  • 43.1FAllen to IshSodhi

    Tossed up delivery on middle, Sodhi looks to flick but gets an inside edge. It goes towards the leg side for a run.
  • 42.6CBrathwaite to IshSodhi

    Sodhi looks to flick this length ball towards leg side but gets a leading edge towards off side. A run added to the total.
  • Ish Sodhi is the new batsman in.
  • 42.5CBrathwaite to MSantner

    OUT! New Zealand loose their seventh wicket. Santner pulls this slower short delivery but gets hit high on the bat and it lobs to backward square leg where Nurse takes it. West Indies are making a statement to other teams what they can bring to this World Cup.
  • 42.4CBrathwaite to MSantner

    Santner plays the pulls shot to mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 42.3CBrathwaite to MSantner

    Santner flicks this off his pads to mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 42.2CBrathwaite to MSantner

    FOUR! Santner looks to flick it towards the leg side. But gets an inside edge to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 42.1CBrathwaite to MSantner

    Length delivery outside off, Santner pulls it to mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 41.6ANurse to MSantner

    Short delivery on middle, Santner pulls it towards mid-wicket for a run. 10 runs have come from the over.
  • 41.5ANurse to MSantner

    FOUR! Short and outside off, Santner looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
  • 41.4ANurse to MSantner

    Play and a miss! Short and outside off, Santner looks to cut but misses it.
  • 41.3ANurse to MSantner

    FOUR! Nice shot. Short and outside off, Santner slaps it through covers for a boundary.

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