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West Indies-New Zealand head-to-head
Mohandas Menon |
February 12, 2003 20:30 IST
The West Indies and New Zealand first met each other in a LOI match during the semi-final of the 1975 World Cup at the Oval on 18-6-1975, when the former won the encounter by five wickets. Since then the teams have met each other in 35 matches, with the Windies winning 22 and the Kiwis ten. Three matches between the two sides were left unfinished.
The two teams have so far met each other in four World Cup matches, with the West Indies winning three matches in 1975 (see above), in 1979 (at Nottingham -- by 32 runs), in 1999 (at Southampton -- by 7 wkts). The Kiwis' lone win came at Auckland by 5 wickets in 1992.
In all LOIs between the two teams the highest total for West Indies is the 306-6 it made at Guwahati on 1-11-1994, while New Zealand's highest is the 302-6 at Christchurch on 11-1-2000.
The Kiwis were dismissed for 116 at Port of Spain on 17-4-1985 which is the lowest total between the two sides while the West Indies' 123 at Goa on 26-10-1994 remains its lowest.
In all 11 hundreds have been scored by West Indian batsmen, while the Kiwis have managed just one (Stephen Fleming's 106 not out at Port of Spain on 29-3-1996). Brian Lara's unbeaten 146 also at Port of Spain on 30-3-1996 is the highest for the Windies.
Former West Indian openers Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes have the distinction of scoring three hundreds each against the Kiwis.
Lara has the highest run aggregate of 905 runs (avg. 56.56) in 22 matches, while Nathan Astle has 584 runs (avg. 34.35) in 19 matches for the New Zealanders.
Both Courtney Walsh and Chris Harris have 21 wickets each in 16 and 19 matches respectively are the top wicket-takers.
Kiwi Scott Styris's 6-25 in 7 overs at Port of Spain on 12-6-2002 are the best t bowling figures, while Viv Richards has recorded the best figures -- 5-41 in 10 overs at Dunedin on 18-3-1987 -- for the Windies.