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West Indies cricket team in New Zealand in 2008–09
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of West Indies
West Indies
Dates 5 December 2008 – 13 January 2009
Captains Daniel Vettori Chris Gayle
Test series
Result 2-match series drawn 0–0
Most runs Jesse Ryder (205) Chris Gayle (305)
Most wickets Daniel Vettori (10) Fidel Edwards (11)
One Day International series
Result New Zealand won the 5-match series 2–1
Most runs Ross Taylor (187) Chris Gayle (260)
Most wickets Kyle Mills (7) Daren Powell (7)
Twenty20 International series
Result 2-match series drawn 1–1
Most runs Jesse Ryder (74) Chris Gayle (68)
Most wickets Daniel Vettori (5) Chris Gayle (4)

The West Indies cricket team toured New Zealand between 5 December, 2008, and 13 January 2009. They played two Test matches, two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One Day Internationals (ODIs) against the hosts, plus a three-day match against State Championship side Auckland. This was the first series between the sides since the West Indies toured New Zealand in 2005-06; their previous meeting was in the Super 8 stage of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand cricket team

The New Zealand side had just returned from the first leg of a tour to Australia where they played two Test matches against the hosts, losing both. Prior to the second test against Australia, Andy Moles was announced as the replacement for retiring New Zealand coach John Bracewell with the West Indian series to be his first in charge of the team. One of his first moves was to replace a number of support staff and insist that he and captain Daniel Vettori be "the only voices in the dressing room". He also switched the roles on batsmen Daniel Flynn and Jesse Ryder, deciding that Flynn is better suited to the number 3 position and Ryder to the number 5.

At the start of the Test series, the New Zealand team were eighth on the ICC Test Championship rankings.

West Indian cricket team

The West Indies had recently lost all three matches of a ODI series against Pakistan. Their previous Test series was at home to Australia in May and June 2008, when they lost two Tests and drew one. At the beginning of the Test series, they were ranked seventh in the ICC Test Championship, one spot higher than New Zealand.

Squads

The New Zealand team for the Test series was announced on December 6 while the West Indies named their side on November 5.



First leg

Tour match

5–7 December
Scorecard
Auckland Flag of New Zealand.svg
587/7 declared (156.1 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
431/7 (121 overs)
Match drawn
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland, New Zealand
Umpires: Barry Frost and Derek Walker
Richard Jones 201 (330)
Gareth Hopkins 103* (182)
Fidel Edwards 3/125 (29 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 158 (198)
Lance Shaw 2/44 (7 overs)

The only warm-up match for the West Indies was a three-day match against State Championship side Auckland. Having lost the toss and been put in to field on a batting-friendly pitch, the West Indian bowlers could only manage two wickets on the first day. Auckland reached 359/2 at stumps with Richard Jones leading the way on 186 not out. On day two Jones continued on to his maiden first-class double century before being dismissed for 201. The Auckland side continued batting until just before tea, declaring at 587/7 once Gareth Hopkins had brought up his century. At stumps on the second day, the West Indian team had reached 82 without losing a wicket. They batted throughout the final day, finishing on a score of 431/7. Ramnaresh Sarwan made the highest score for the West Indians, retiring out on a score of 158. Auckland captain Jones said that they had batted for so long before declaring because he felt that the West Indies weren't going to push for a result either. West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards said that the pitch had been "tiring to bowl on" but was a good workout for the bowlers prior to the Test series.

Test Series

1st Test

11–15 December
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
365 (116 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
340 (100 overs)
Match drawn
University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand
Umpires: Mark Benson and Amiesh Saheba
Player of the match: Jerome Taylor
Daniel Flynn 95 (188)
Chris Gayle 3/42 (21 overs)
Jerome Taylor 106 (107)
Daniel Vettori 6/56 (25 overs)
44/2 (10 overs)
Tim McIntosh 24* (35)
Daren Powell 2/17 (5 overs)
  • Rain prevented any play occurring on Day 2. The wet outfield delayed play on Day 3. Play was abandoned on Day 5 due to rain.

On the day prior to the start of the first Test Jacob Oram suffered a calf strain and was unable to recover with Kyle Mills being flown in to replace him. Daniel Vettori won the toss for New Zealand and decided to bat first. The new opening partnership - New Zealand's 18th in 36 Tests - had only put on ten runs before Jamie How got out. Daniel Flynn and Tim McIntosh put on a partnership of 87 until McIntosh was dismissed after lunch followed by Ross Taylor falling to an injudicious shot. Flynn became the first New Zealander to be dismissed under the experimental review system, being given out LBW for 95; when bad light stopped play early, New Zealand were 226/4. There was no action on the second day of the match with the umpires calling off play due to rain. A further session was lost on the third day while the ground was dried, with play beginning at 2:45pm (just over 3 hours after the scheduled start). Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder began well but were both dismissed shortly after the West Indies took the new ball. After some resistance from the final batsmen, New Zealand were dismissed for 365. The West Indian opening batsmen negotiated the 14 overs remaining in the day to be 39 without loss at stumps.

2nd Test

19–23 December
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
307 (107 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
371 (126.4 overs)
Match drawn
McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen and Amiesh Saheba
Player of the match: Chris Gayle
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 126* (282)
Iain O'Brien 6/75 (26 overs)
Tim McIntosh 136 (337)
Fidel Edwards 7/87 (29.4 overs)
375 (145 overs) 220/5 (51 overs)
Chris Gayle 197 (396)
Jeetan Patel 5/110 (46 overs)
Jesse Ryder 59* (99)
Jerome Taylor 2/67 (13 overs)

Second leg

Twenty20 Series

1st Twenty20

26 December
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
155/7 (20 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
155/8 (20 overs)
Scores level; West Indies won the Super Over
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Umpires: Billy Bowden and Tony Hill
Player of the match: Chris Gayle
Ross Taylor 63 (50)
Chris Gayle 2/16 (3 overs)
Chris Gayle 67 (41)
Daniel Vettori 3/16 (4 overs)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

2nd Twenty20

28 December

Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
191/9 (20 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
155/7 (20 overs)
New Zealand won by 36 runs
Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand
Umpires: Gary Baxter and Evan Watkin
Man of the Match: Jesse Ryder
Jesse Ryder 62 (41)
Chris Gayle 2/27 (4 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 53 (36)
Jeetan Patel 2/12 (2 overs)


ODI Series

1st ODI

31 December

Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
129/5 (35.4 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
No result
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown, New Zealand
Umpires: Mark Benson and Tony Hill
Ramnaresh Sarwan 38 (57)
Tim Southee 2/33 (7.4 overs)
  • Rain stopped play after 35.4 overs of the West Indies innings.


2nd ODI

3 January

Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
152/8 (28 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
158/5 (27.5 overs)
West Indies won by 5 wickets (D/L method)
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
Umpires: Gary Baxter and Mark Benson
Man of the Match: Ramnaresh Sarwan
Jesse Ryder 32 (43)
Fidel Edwards 3/26 (6 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 67* (65)
Jacob Oram 1/25 (5 overs)
  • Rain stopped play for four hours after 6.5 overs of the New Zealand innings; match reduced to 28 overs each.


3rd ODI

7 January

Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
128 (28 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
129/3 (20.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Umpires: Mark Benson and Tony Hill
Man of the Match: Daniel Vettori
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 45 (77)
Daniel Vettori 4/20 (10 overs)
Ross Taylor 51 (50)
Daren Powell 3/25 (7 overs)


4th ODI

10 January

Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
275/4 (50 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
64/0 (10.3 overs)
No result
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Umpires: Mark Benson and Gary Baxter
Martin Guptill 122* (135)
Lionel Baker 2/29 (10 overs)
Chris Gayle 46* (37)
  • Rain stopped play after 10.3 overs of the West Indies innings with a revised target of 235 runs from 40 overs.


5th ODI

13 January

Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
293/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
211/5 (35 overs)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand win by 9 runs(D/L)
McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand
Umpires: Mark Benson and Tony Hill
Man of the Match: Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle 135 (129)
Mark Gillespie 4/58 (10 overs)
Ross Taylor 48* (71)
Darren Powell 3/66 (10)
  • Rain stopped play after 35 overs of New Zealand's innings.



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