WC 2003 - Beleaguered New Zealanders reach 241/7 against Windies

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: Part-time West Indies spinner Wavell Hinds took a career best 3 for 35 to restrict New Zealand to 241 for 7 from 50 overs in the World Cup Group B match at St. George's Park on Thursday.Hinds doubled his career tally with accurate off spin in a match New Zealand must win to keep its hopes alive of making the super six round. Nathan Astle's 46 still left the Kiwis struggling at 188-7 before Brendon McCullum and Andre Adams added a defiant 53 off 44 balls for the unbroken eighth wicket.McCullum, who replaced Craig McMillan, made 36 not out while Adams smashed 35 off 24 balls to boost the total. New Zealand, which lost its opening fixture to Sri Lanka, is set to forfeit points to Kenya for refusing to play in Nairobi on February 21 due to security reasons.The West Indies, buoyant after a stunning win over hosts South Africa in the tournament opener, did not allow any free runs after Carl Hooper won the toss and elected to field on the damp and slow pitch.New Zealand showed its desperation to win by promoting left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori to open the innings with captain Stephen Fleming, but the gamble backfired.Fleming hooked Mervyn Dillon for a four and six before offering a return catch for 25. Vettori saw his stumps castled by Vasbert Drakes after making just 13.Scott Styris, who hit a magnificent 141 against Sri Lanka, managed only five when he holed out against Drakes. Astle and Chris Cairns retrieved the situation by adding 64 for the fourth wicket when Hinds broke through with the help of a contentious decision by South African umpire Rudi Koertzen.Koertzen ruled Astle caught behind for 46 as television replays showed the ball may have missed the bat. Hinds had Cairns caught at deep long-on for 37 and also removed Lou Vincent to reduce New Zealand to 147-6.McCullum and Adams destroyed the attack in the slog overs, with Adams smashing two towering sixes.

Copyright AFP 2001

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