Westindies in Newzealand, 2008/09
4th ODI, New Zealand v West Indies, Auckland09-Jan-2009 19:46:00 IST
Auckland: New Zealand look the stronger side ahead of the fourth ODI in Auckland after their demolition of the tourists at Wellington on Wednesday.
Jesse Ryder's latest misadventure - he missed a team meeting and practice on Thursday after a late night of drinking, and will also miss the match on Saturday.
Jacob Oram has also been left out due to his injury, meaning Grant Elliott will be used a fifth bowler in Ryder's absence. The bowling department looks good otherwise and the only casualty could be Jeetan Patel if the Auckland pitch turns out to be more seamer-friendly.
For West Indies, Chris Gayle has failed to spark in the ODIs after being the opposition's bogeyman in the Tests and Twenty20 series. Ramnaresh Sarwan steered them to victory in the shortened contest in Christchurch, but a tame performance in the last game was rightly termed as "terrible" by Gayle. The steady Shivnarine Chanderpaul was tipped by Gayle to open after the Wellington debacle, but that would leave the inexperienced batsmen with the task of tackling Daniel Vettori.
An angry Chris Gayle is perhaps not what the New Zealanders would hope to confront on Saturday. Gayle was not too pleased after the hammering in Wellington, as well as the batsmen's failures to cope with Vettori, and perhaps it's time for the captain to make a statement. If he manages to see off the seamers, watch out for how he handles his opposition counterpart.
Highlights of the match
||Ross Taylor, JD Ryder, Vettori, McCullum
||Chris Gayle, Sarwan, Taylor, DBL Powell
|Stats and Trivia
||Six wickets at 12.33, at an economy-rate of 3.08 in the series have pushed Vettori back to the top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI bowlers.
||West Indies have won two and lost three games at the venue, with one loss and win since 2000 - the win came in a dead rubber (and day-nighter) in 2006.
||The Auckland forecast says partly cloudy, but by the time the match starts the conditions should have cleared up and a cool evening is on the cards.
||The Eden Park pitch has traditionally suited batting, not always providing the bowlers sharp bounce or speed.
||LLNWL (Most recent last)
|Head to head
||Total 49, WI 24, NZ 19, NR 6