Day 16: New Zealand 59-2 (Williamson 28, Taylor 28) Three races here, and this partnership has now added 52 races, 92 balls. Despite this, and also because of this, Sky's scoring predictor currently stands at 296.
Day 15: New Zealand 56-2 (Williamson 25, Taylor 28) The first ball of the holder is drawn to four with maximum ferocity by Taylor. The rate of execution is rising now, and New Zealand's stress levels are dropping, a situation they will now provide with some drinks.
Day 14: New Zealand 48-2 (Williamson 23, Taylor 22) Oshane Thomas has a bowl and Williamson, with a little width, cuts well for four. Then, in the latter, a leading edge that floats to the middle, where there is no one around.
Day 13: New Zealand 43-2 (Williamson 19, Taylor 21) There is a gorgeous clip that is repeated before the start of Williamson working the ball for a player and calling "no!", Before dropping his head in frustration and exasperation. Taylor works a bit with a butt on the midwicket by four, the first limit for nine overs.
Day 12: New Zealand 36-2 (Williamson 18, Taylor 15) This is Roach's sixth title, which cost 15 races combined. There is absolutely no toast being distributed here. Williamson works with a very good leg, where a defender reaches it just before the rope and pleases a teammate.
11 more: New Zealand 32-2 (Williamson 16, Taylor 15) After two points, the Holder plays a no-ball ball (only), but makes up with great security, which Taylor turns and misses. Three more points follow, as well as West Indies ad: "Evin Lewis, the opening player for the West Indies, is being evaluated by a physiotherapist due to a pain in the right knee tendon received on the field," they say. "Fabian Allen is a substitute. Stay tuned for more updates. "
10th over: New Zealand 30-2 (Williamson 15, Taylor 15) Roach, however, continues, and it's another fine. I can only recall a genuinely sub-par delivery from him, which Taylor broke by four. Two of them finished, which makes it the lowest post-PP1 score of the competition so far.
Day 9: New Zealand 28-2 (Williamson 15, Taylor 13) A first bowling exchange causes Holder to replace Cottrell. After three races from three overs and with both openers already out, West Indies could have gone to the jugular, rather than running restriction. Three again.
Day 8: New Zealand 25-2 (Williamson 14, Taylor 11) The cockroach cups get shorter and slower for Williamson, who has no idea where the ball goes and just freezes. Hit the glove and fall safely. She is the third maiden of the day. "Great atmosphere here in Old Trafford, which is so good after the funeral weather I was last night," writes Guy Hornsby. "The Windies seem absolutely necessary for this, particularly Cotterell, and there are few things in the sport that are more essential than that. We have a game here.
Day 7: New Zealand 25-2 (Williamson 14, Taylor 11) Williamson hits the last to Brathwaite in the middle, who dives to get a hand on the ball. Williamson's feet then glide under him as he turns around for a second, forcing hi to settle for the one.
6 on: New Zealand 22-2 (Williamson 12, Taylor 10) Roach gets his line to Taylor absolutely perfect, the ball just past the edge. So he makes a limit, but it does not reach Gayle! Another maiden and the Antilles are bowling excellently from both ends now. India, meanwhile, finished its turn in 224-8.
5th place: New Zealand 22-2 (Williamson 12, Taylor 10) Taylor risks a risky single for the midwicket, and almost makes his ground before the player scores a direct goal, and that's the only score. Meanwhile, in today's other game, India are at 222 with three balls ahead of them against Afghanistan. Now at that it would be an inconvenience.
4th place: New Zealand 21-2 (Williamson 12, Taylor 9) With the debut season, this pair is the only kiwi rider to have scored more than 75 races in this World Cup so far. If the West Indies can break this partnership quickly, a whole world of opportunities will open up. Williamson makes a Gayle's cap on the slide, whose right-hand flop is no good and wins four for him.
3rd on: New Zealand 14-2 (Williamson 7, Taylor 7) Oooh! A couple of snorters here from Cottrell whistle through Williamson and just past the edge. Beautiful and lively things and a finished maiden.
2 above: New Zealand 14-2 (Williamson 7, Taylor 7) Kemar Roach too much cup for Taylor, who throws away by four. There is movement here for both players, who played much more than in the previous World Cup games and explored in an excellent way. Taylor takes the last one in the air toward the cover, but it can not.
1 above: New Zealand 10-2 (Williamson 7, Taylor 3) Well well. Like two shutters, the first one features a classic by Carlos Brathwaite, chasing a clip across the covers, which dips a little too early and, in full elongation, completely loses the ball, which remains unmolested against the rope. . It is interrupted by Shai Hope just before getting there, but the beaters perform four anyway. This was all bullshit. In addition, Evin Lewis limped off, back into the locker room.
POST! Munro b Cottrell 0 (New Zealand 7-2)
That's both ball first openers! A perfect Cottrell yorker crosses Munro's defenses and dismounts the stumps, and Cottrell is hailing again!
POST! Guptill lbw v Cottrell 0 (New Zealand 0-1)
And they got him! Cottrell's full delivery is thrown in the backseat of Guptill on his way to the stump, and what a start for the West Indies!
REVEAL! The West Indies have a first ball wicket?
There is a loud cry, but the referee shakes his head. They go up there!
Sung hymns, full preamble, the beaters go in the middle. Beautiful little fluffy clouds decorate a blue sky. It's on.
New Zealand played the same team in all games; The West Indies did not play the same team in either game. That sums up the competitions of the two teams so far. Anyway, they're out and ready for some hymns!
The teams in full, then:
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (untitled), James Neesham, Grandhomme Colin, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
Andre Russell is out one of the three changes to the West Indies. Darren Bravo and Shannon Gabriel are also out, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite.
"It's important that with the baton in hand we do the job first," says Kane Williamson. "We know the threat the West Indies represent. They can beat anyone and they have world class players. "Your team has not changed.
West Indies win the draw and will play first
"It looks like a pretty good shutter," says Jason Holder. "Everyone is ready for the game and we just have to bring our best game. We have not been consistent. We have to tighten up our game and I'm sure we can get the goods today. "
Having won only the first of their five starts so far, the West Indies will probably have to win every remaining game if they want to make the semifinals. Given that India is next for them at Old Trafford on Thursday, it seems a difficult question. But where there is life there is hope and everything. We certainly did not see the best of this team yet, and they were very close to beating Australia despite several scouts failing. If Chris Gayle (who has an average of 26.75 in this tournament), Evin Lewis (24.33) and Andre Russell (only 12) can appear this time, there's no reason why they can not beat it, and none . The opening partnership of Gayle / Lewis has an average of 5.66 miserable over three innings, with a sizable margin, the worst of any pair who played more than one game together. On the other hand, New Zealand's Guptill / Munro is contributing 61.33 to the average number of entries and marked the 137 races needed to beat Sri Lanka on their own. The West Indies scored 421 when they played New Zealand in a warm-up last month, and they need to come back to that kind of shape, sharp.
If they do, or even close, this may be a decision.