Welcome to Live coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B match between West Indies and United Arab Emirates at McLean Park, Napier.
West Indies Innings
Over 26 || Score 154/4
Ramdin hit the winning runs as he took a single towards mid-wicket. And with that West Indies crush UAE by six wickets with 117 balls to spare. Johnson Charles remained the highest scorer for WI with this 55-run knock.
Over 26 || Score 154/4
In the 25th over WI crossed the 150-run mark. Carter is mere three runs short of his half-century, whereas, Ramdin is unbeaten on 16. 22 runs needed from 24 overs.
Over 23 || Score 140/4
Carter and Ramdin are playing sensibly in the middle. Aziz and Javed are bowling at the moment for UAE. Now it's jsut a formality for WI to win the match as they need mere 36 runs in 27 overs. 13 came of the last three overs.
Over 20 || Score 127/4
Russell Out! Javed is on a roll here. In trying to hit the bowler over long on, Russell threw away his wicket, as he ended up giving a high catch to the bowler. WI are losing wickets in a heap here. In-form batsman Denesh Ramdin has walked to the crease to join Jonathan Carter. Nine runs came in the last three. Nasir Aziz is bowling in tandem with Javed. WI need 49 runs to seal the match and they have six wickets in hand.
AD Russell c & b Amjad Javed 7 (8b)
Over 17 || Score 118/3
Amjad Javed picked up the wicket of set batsman Charles, who tried to smack the ball out of the park but couldn't manage to clear the boundary as mid-on fielder took a simple catch in the end. Andre Russell has been promoted up the order to finish off the game quickly. Nine runs came in the last two overs.
J Charles c Krishna Chandran b Amjad Javed 55 (40b)
Over 15 || Score 109/2
In the 12th over Batting Powerplay has been taken by the batting side. In the 14th over Charles completed his 3rd ODI fifty. He took 34 balls to reach the mark. So far he has hit nine fours and two sixes. In the meanwhile, WI have crossed the 100-run mark. 40 runs came in the last five overs.
Over 10 || Score 69/2
Unmoved by the fall of two quick wickets, Carter is still going for his shots and collecting boundaries at regular intervals. He has quickly moved to 37 off 23 balls with the help of six four's and two sixes. In the meanwhile, WI have crossed the 50-run mark.
Over 8 || Score 58/2
Guruge strikes once again. This time he picked up anther important wicket of veteran batsman Samuels, who gave a simple catch to point fielder, while trying to go for an expensive drive. Jonathan Carter is the new man in.
MN Samuels c Berenger b Guruge 9 (18b)
Over 6 || Score 44/1
Marlon Samuels is the new man to the crease after the fall of first wicket. But Charles is looking in a dangerous mood he hit a flat six off Gurug in the sixth over. 11 runs came in the last two overs.
Over 4 || Score 33/1
Smith Out! Guruge gave UAE their first breakthrough as he got the big wicket of opener Smith. The right-hander got the thin in-side edge of his bat as the ball came in after pitching and disappeared into wicket-keepers gloves.
DR Smith c Patil b Guruge 15 (9b)
Over 2 || Score 18/0
In the absence of swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles has come to open the innings with Dwayne Smith. And he gave WI a cracking start as 18 runs came in the first two overs, out of which 14 are from the willow of Charles.
Over 47.4 || Score 175/10
Jerome Taylor picked up the last wicket, his third, to wrap up the UAE innings under a modest total of 175 runs. With four wicket haul West Indian skipper, Holder, was certainly the pick among the bowlers. However record equalling seventh wicket partnership of 107 runs between Amjad Javed and Nasir Aziz was the highlighter of the innings.
Mohammad Tauqir b Taylor 2 (19b)
Over 44 || Score 168/9
Samuels picked up his first wicket as he got the wicket of set batsman Aziz, who tried to hit the bowler over covers but couldn't manage to executive his plan and gave a simple catch to Holder inside the circle. Single from the over.
Nasir Aziz c Holder b Samuels 60 (86b)
Over 43 || Score 167/8
Naveed Out! Russell bowled another beauty to hit the stumps of the tail-ender. Two wickets in quick succession for West Indies. It's a wicket maiden by the seamer.
Mohammad Naveed b Russell 14 (9b)
Over 42 || Score 167/7
New man, Naveed is playing an interesting role here. He has quickly reached to 14 off 8 balls with the help of a boundary and a six. Seven from the over.
Over 41 || Score 160/7
Russell strikes, Javed Out! Finally the partnership was broken when Javed got played on while trying to slog the bowler towards long on but only managed an inside edge. Mohammad Naveed is the new man in.
Amjad Javed b Russell 56 (99)
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Over 40 || Score 152/6
In the Batting Poweplay both the batsmen -- Aziz and Javed -- have completed their respective fifties. They used the field restrictions quite well as they hit six boundaries to add 31 runs more runs their total. They have added 100-run stand as well for the 7th wicket.
Over 35 || Score 121/6
Aziz and Javed are going stronger than ever. Both of them have crossed the 40-run mark. WI have missed the opportunity to bowl UAE out inside 100 runs even after reducing them to 49 for 6 at one stage. Now these two are dictating terms in the middle as West Indian bowlers are clueless about how to break this frustating partnership.
Over 30 || Score 108/6
Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels have been brought into the attack. Seven runs came in the last three overs. But WI is not at all looking like picking up a wicket here. Both the batsmen are settled in the middle and are in no hurry to score runs.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 15, 2015
Over 27 || Score 101/6
Javed (28) and Aziz (32) have stitched 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket. And in the meanwhile, UAE have also crossed the 100-run mark. This partnership is now looking a bit dangerous as they have started hitting boundaries at regular intervals. Spinners might help WI to give them another breakthrough.
Over 20 || Score 72/6
Amjad Javed and Nasir Aziz have already added 26 runs for the seventh wicket. They are hitting odd boundaries and taking singles whenever available. This partnership is a bit frustrating for WI. Javed has reached to 27 with the help of 2 boundaries and a six off 37 deliveries, whereas Aziz is unbeaten on 11. 23 runs came in the last five over.
Over 15 || Score 49/6
Holder picked up his fourth wicket of the match, when he got the better of Patil in the 14th over. The towering speedster castled his stumps with a ball which nipped back in after pitching. He is playing a captain's role here, at a time when his team needed it the most, as WI have to win this match with a big margin to book a berth in the quarters.
SP Patil b Holder 6 (20b)
Over 13 || Score 44/5
First bowling change! Kemar Roach, another speedster has been introduced into the attack. Both the batsmen in the middle -- Javed and Patil are playing sensible cricket in the middle by dealing in singles at the moment, which is the need of the hour. They have already added 18 runs for the sixth wicket.
Over 10 || Score 31/5
After Holder it's Taylor who is giving a tough time to the UAE batsmen. He produced two exceptional balls to give WI two more wickets in the form of veteran Khurram Khan and in form Shaiman Anwar. Both the batsmen got clean bowled. Now UAE are struggling as half of their team is already back in the hut and they have mere 35 runs on board after the end of ten overs. Amjad Javed and Swapnil Patil are at the crease now.
Shaiman Anwar b Taylor 2 (6b)
Khurram Khan b Taylor 5 (5b)
Over 6 || Score 17/3
Double blow for UAE! Holder is on a roll here. He picked two more wickets in an over to push the minnows on the back-foot. He first set up Chandran to edge the ball to slip cordon and then after a gap of one ball he trapped Ali in front of the wicket to reduce UAE to 17 for 3.
Amjad Ali lbw b Holder 5 (19b)
Krishna Chandran c Smith b Holder 0 (6b)
Over 5 || Score 15/1
First breakthrough! Berenger tried to pull the Holder for a boundary but miss-timed the shot completely and gave a simple catch to the wicket-keeper. It's a wicket maiden. Krishna Chandran is the new man in. Both the strike bowlers are bowling at a good pace.
AR Berenger c Ramdin b Holder 7 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 10/0
First boundary of the match came from the willow of Berenger off the 3rd ball. Seven came from the over, but openers are living dangerously in the middle.
Skipper Jason Holder has the other new ball.
Over 1 || Score 3/0
Amjad Ali opened account of the team with the help of a single off the first ball. Very good over first up by the speedster as he came close a couple of times to pick up a wicket.
Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger have come to open the innings for UAE, whereas, Jerome Taylor is set to bowl the opening over.
Toss: West Indies have won the toss and will bowl first. Chris Gayle is not playing this match due to an injury.
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West Indies Squad
Jason Holder(captain), Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin(wicket-keeper), Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Nikita Miller, Sheldon Cottrell, Jonathan Carter, Sulieman Benn
Mohammad Tauqir(captain), Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishnachandran Karate, Khurram Khan, Shaiman Anwar, Swapnil Patil(wicket-keeper), Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Manjula Guruge, Nasir Aziz, Fahad Alhashmi, Kamran Shazad, Saqlain Haider