The above numbers are the West Indies last three overs, pure, raw, hopeless pain for New Zealand. I was listening to Brian Waddle and co on Radio Sport while driving today, at about 28 overs and 120/2, talking up New Zealand’s chances, and I just shook my head. How could they possibly be comforted by Chanderpaul and Gayle at the crease, regardless of the runrate. With our gamely inadequate attack.
I never foresaw anything quite as horrific as this. They’re cruising to 300, and this series looks a forlorn hope unless we can dislodge one of these slabs of granite from the crease.
Dan’s finished, no-one’s going for less than 4.5 an over, we’re in a very big hole here and there’s precious little light at the top. Have any of our bowlers looked remotely like troubling either of these two all season? And is there any team in world cricket with a greater disparity between its top two players and everyone else?
PS – On the plus side, we just got Gayle out. On the negative, he scored 135 at better than a run a ball. You win some, (but more likely in this case) you lose some.