Thursday 19 December 2013

Mini-session Analysis, 3rd test, NZvWI, Seddon Park, Hamilton

Here is the final mini-session analysis for the third test between New Zealand and West Indies at Seddon Park, Hamilton

A mini-session is (normally) half a session, either between the start of the session and the drinks break or the drinks break and the end of the session. Occasionally a long session will have 3 mini-sessions where it will be broken up with 2 drinks breaks.

1-1aWest Indies 31/0 off 14draw
1-1bWest Indies 39/1 off 15New Zealand
1-2aWest Indies 25/4 off 12New Zealand
1-2bWest Indies 47/0 off 14West Indies
1-3aWest Indies 63/0 off 19West Indies
1-3bWest Indies 84/1 off 16West Indies
2-1aWest Indies 33/2 off 15New Zealand
2-1bWest Indies 45/2 off 11.2West Indies
2-2aNew Zealand 36/1 off 14draw
2-2bNew Zealand 40/1 off 18West Indies
2-3aNew Zealand 53/0 off 15New Zealand
2-3bNew Zealand 27/1 off 17West Indies
3-1aNew Zealand 42/1 off 17West Indies
3-1bNew Zealand 51/1 off 17draw
3-2aNew Zealand 68/3 off 11.3New Zealand
3-2bNew Zealand 32/2 off 8draw
3-3aWest Indies 40/4 off 16.3New Zealand
3-3bWest Indies 69/6 off 15.1New Zealand
New Zealand 6/0 off 2
4-1aNew Zealand 31/1 off 16draw
4-1bNew Zealand 52/0 off 14New Zealand
4-2aNew Zealand 35/1 off 8.4New Zealand

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New Zealand win the match by 8 wickets and the mini-session count 11.5 - 9.5

First drinks, Day 1: The mini-session count is tied up, 0.5-0.5

It would have been West Indies' hour if the final 4 overs had been like the first 10. The Braithwaite/Powell partnership didn't look troubled at all by the new ball, but Neil Wagner found a way to trouble Powell and Southee added to the pressure. No wickets, but an even first hour. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 1.5-0.5

New Zealand managed to keep the West Indian batsmen tied down for the majority of the hour. The battle between Williamson and Edwards was particularly interesting. Edwards had a history of getting dismissed caught at slip from off-spin bowlers, and McCullum has obviously done his homework. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 2.5-0.5

Christmas came early for the New Zealand bowlers, with gifts from both the batsmen and the umpires. In the last test it was the overs between 25 and 40 where the majority of the damage was done, and it has been so again today. The 3rd hour of an innings normally belongs to the batsmen, but New Zealand have dominated it in this series so far. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 2.5-1.5

A good hour for the West Indies. Chanderpaul had enacted stealth mode and managed to score 22 runs without a single memorable shot. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 1: The mini-session count is tied up, 2.5-2.5

That was West Indies hour. The pitch is starting to look like a batting track, there's not much left in the wicket for the bowlers. Neither batsman seems to be troubled. Chanderpaul is playing a real test innings, just pushing it into the gaps for 1's and 2's. - Sonny Shaw

Stumps, Day 1: West Indies lead the mini-session count 3.5-2.5

Ramdin played a fantastic innings, and really made an effort to take the game away from New Zealand in the final hour. He scored 36 off 33 in this hour, and perished trying to hit another boundary. The man that got him was really the bowler of the day, Corey Anderson, who ended with figures of 14-3-25-3.

Chanderpaul didn't manage to complete his century before the end of the day, but he is less likely than most to suffer a sleepless night due to being 94* overnight. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 2: The mini-session count is tied up, 3.5-3.5

Boult seemed to find his rhythm in this hour. New Zealand started off with 5 overs that went for 3 runs and brought a wicket. Chanderpaul still stands strong, although Southee managed to get him to fish at a couple of deliveries. New Zealand will be looking to bowl West Indies out for less than 350 now. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 2: West Indies lead the mini-session count 4.5-3.5

Chanderpaul and Best put together a 35 run partnership to take West Indies past 350. There was one interesting incident in that hour where Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi both gave their hats to the umpire in order to bowl an over. Best had just come to the wicket, and Southee was on 4 wickets, and he felt that McCullum was obviously going to give him a bowl. McCullum instead brought on the leggie to bowl at the tail. While Sodhi eventually got Best out, it happened after he had bowled 4.2 overs and switched ends. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 2: West Indies lead the mini-session count 5-4

While Tino Best made the batsmen look uncomfortable occasionally, no-one really looked troubled at the crease. Rutherford was undone by a superb catch, rather brilliant bowling. West Indies are probably in the lead, New Zealand will need at least 450 to feel like they are in control, although anything from 350 onwards will gove them a chance. - Devon V. Mace

Tea, Day 2: West Indies lead the mini-session count 6-4

It was a good hour for the West Indies, and a good session in general. They applied more pressure than the first hour, especially when both spinners were bowling in tandem. The New Zealand batsmen were very cautions against Narine, possibly as a hangover from the last tour. These two are probably New Zealand's best players of spin, so probably don't need to show him quite as much respect. However, being 90/3 would put New Zealand in a very strong position. - Paul Reid

Final drinks, Day 2: West Indies lead the mini-session count 6-5

A sold hour from New Zealand. Taylor and Williamson initially looked to increase their scoring rate by running hard and trying to convert any chance for a single. However, as the West Indian bowlers started to tire opportunities for boundaries started to open up. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 2: West Indies lead the mini-session count 7-5

Narine worked over Williamson, and then once he had dismissed him (thanks to some generous umpiring), worked over McCullum. He and Permaul wove a spell over the three New Zealand batsmen in an intriguing hour of proper test cricket. This attack has been described as one of the most insipid to have ever represented the West Indies, but these two are not making life easy for the batsmen. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 3: West Indies lead the mini-session count 8-5

A while ago I wrote an article about how Darren Sammy tends to allow a lot of singles, but is very careful to protect the boundaries. During this hour he had no one saving a single on the leg side against Corey Anderson, and the second Anderson hit one boundary Sammy pushed back a sweeper on the off side. It may be a good tactic to stop the batsmen scoring boundaries, but I wonder if keeping them on strike would be a better option. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 3: West Indies lead the mini-session count 8.5-5.5

West Indies built their innings on a partnership between their best batsman and their wicket-keeper. New Zealand are going to need the same thing to happen. Ross Taylor is really going about his work quite quietly, but is still scoring well. The New Zealand tail is competent against pace, but they are not going to be facing much of that. This partnership is a very important one for New Zealand. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 3: West Indies lead the mini-session count 8.5-6.5

West Indies took the new ball at the start of the session, and Ross Taylor decided to take the attack to it. He added 50 runs off 32 balls before picking out Marlon Samuels at third man off the bowling of Tino Best. In doing so, Taylor moved to within 20 runs of the record for most runs in a 3 match series for New Zealand. Southee followed in the same vein, but also departed not long after. It's New Zealand's hour, but only just. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 3: West Indies lead the mini-session count 9-7

New Zealand fell one run short of 350. West Indies are in control at the moment, but a good spell from Boult and Southee could change things very quickly. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 3: West Indies lead the mini-session count 9-8

Is this the hour that defines the match? Boult would have been disappointed with his return in the first innings, but he made up for it with 3 quick wickets to rock the West Indies. Southee bowled an exemplary length at the other end, only conceding 5 runs from his 7 overs. Once Anderson had removed Samuels to end the hour it had swung the match firmly back into New Zealand's control. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 3: The mini-session count is tied up, 9-9

Stunning hour for New Zealand, West Indies are now in big trouble. Again Southee and Boult did the damage. New Zealand now need a further 116 to win the match and the series. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 4: The mini-session count is tied up, 9.5-9.5

New Zealand have made steady progress this morning. Fulton fell to Darren Sammy, but Sammy's critics will write it off as a lazy shot, rather than giving Sammy credit for the wicket. The big question now is if NZ can score enough runs for the morning session to be extended. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 4: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 10.5-9.5

Williamson and Rutherford saw off some tricky deliveries to get New Zealand closer to victory. Rutherford is playing well within himself, this is his second lowest strike rate for any innings longer than 30 deliveries.

It was perhaps a little surprising that the umpires didn't decide to take the extra half an hour, as New Zealand had scored 44 in the past half an hour. - Mykuhl

End of Match, Day 4: New Zealand win the match by 8 wickets and the mini-session count 11.5-9.5

Kane Williamson will have been disappointed to have been dismissed with 6 runs to go, but it was quite fitting that Ross Taylor was at the crease when the final runs were scored. - Mykuhl

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