Black Caps claim first blood

30 December 2017 21:53:41 GMTPlus11

New Zealand continued their winning streak against West Indies as they secured an opening victory in the T20 international series in Nelson.

Dynamic fifties from Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips laid the platform for the hosts as they trounced the Windies for the sixth time on tour, winning by 47 runs.

The Black Caps were good in the field and saw their lower order pitch in with runs.

West Indies leaked too many runs in the second half of the hosts' innings.

In their reply, by the time they fell to 61/3 in the 10th over the required rate had already risen to 12.

Wickets continued to fall as the pressure mounted, and their last wicket fell in the penultimate over.

Phillips pulled off two outstanding catches from behind the stumps, first tracking a Chris Gayle top edge back from his wicket-keeping position to complete a spectacular diving take past the thirty-yard circle. Then later, he flung himself to his right to intercept an edge off Rovman Powell's bat.

The wicket-keeper also came up with two stumpings, while debutant Anaru Kitchen claimed a sharp catch at cover in what was an athletic fielding display.

New Zealand didn't break free until the eighth over, by which time they had lost Martin Guptill who was trapped in front of the stumps by Jerome Taylor.

Munro then upped the ante when he whipped Kesrick Williams to deep square leg for four, then slamming the two subsequent deliveries for six as the Black Caps scored 19 runs in the over.

His 86-run stand for the second wicket was ended when he was caught by a diving Carlos Brathwaite at long on.

Phillips, having cruised to only 31 off 29 balls at the time, then cracked Brathwaite for a six and a four - one boundary either side of the wicket - next over.

After seeing the Black Caps post 187/7 from their 20 overs, West Indies never looked like chasing down the target, with openers Gayle and Chadwick Walton falling to successive deliveries from debutant seamer Seth Rance.

With five overs remaining, the tourists were seven down and required 87.

New Zealand are 1.50 to win the second T20I against West Indies, who are 2.62. Colin Munro is 3.75 to be the Black Caps' top batsman.

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