July 14, 2012
It was meant to be a day to remember. West Indies were to pay tribute to the deceased Runako Morton by winning against the demoralized New Zealand and seal the series. The visitors had other ideas though and turned the record book upside down to keep the series alive.
New Zealand kept the series alive with an emphatic victory over the hosts in the 3rd ODI at St. Kitts. After looking out of depth in the T20 series and the first two ODIs, the Kiwis suddenly sprung back to life with an all-round performance at Warner Park. Despite managing only 249, an under par score at this ground, the Kiwis came back superbly with the ball to inflict a humiliating 89 run loss for the hosts. They will welcome Brendon McCullum back into the side. Initially rested following a hectic summer, injury troubles forced the team management to call McCullum back into the scheme of things. If that was encouraging, the news that Ross Taylor is almost fit and might even play Saturday’s match would have been music to the ears of the management.
The bowling has found its rhythm after a tough time against Gayle and co in the beginning of the tour. They were aided by some rash shots from the batsmen, but credit must be given to the bowlers for outfoxing the batsmen
The West Indies juggernaut came to a rude halt at St. Kitts. Chris Gayle, the star performer fell cheaply and the rest of the batting line-up failed to stand up and be counted. The West Indies batting line-up is filled with batsmen of flair and natural attacking ability. On a flat track and short boundaries, the batsmen played one shots too may and contributed to their own downfall. They would look to correct their errors as they seek their 1st ODI series win under captain Darren Sammy.
New Zealand will be back to full strength with the arrival of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor. Daniel Flynn got starts but failed to convert it into bigger scores while Tom Latham has looked out of depth at international level. It should be a straightforward swap for the team management.
Denesh Ramdin is entering into wedlock and has been given leave with Devon Thomas taking up the wicket keeping gloves. There might be no more changes.
For the last two or three days I’ve been playing a full role in training and been hitting the ball nicely – Ross Taylor is gung-ho about his return.
I think New Zealand played really well. It was an off day for us and we have put it behind us and looking forward to getting back to our winning ways – Darren Sammy is not pressing the panic button as yet.