Rain denies Black Caps victory

02 January 2018 22:50:47 GMTPlus11
Martin Guptill

Colin Munro feasted on poor West Indies bowling in the second T20 international, but New Zealand were denied by rain.

The Black Caps saw the match at Mt Maunganui abandoned after they had reached 102-4 off nine overs. 

Opener Munro made 66 off 23 balls as the hosts continued to dominate the tourists who they have beaten in six consecutive games over three different formats this summer.

After making 53 off 48 balls in the opening match of the T20 series in Nelson, Munro took full advantage of some horribly inconsistent bowling to plunder three sixes and 11 fours at Bay Oval.

Already the owner of the Black Caps record for the fastest half-century, off 14 balls, Munro claimed second place on that list when he reached his 50 off 18 deliveries before being dropped next ball.

The left-hander hit a four from that Kesrick Williams delivery, when Sheldon Cottrell missed the catch, and proceeded to hit the next three balls to the boundary as well before finally mistiming one.

West Indies kept bowling to Munro's strengths throughout his innings and he made them pay, punishing anything that was short or wide.

Munro departed having had the second-highest percentage of boundaries in an international T20 score of 50 or more, beaten only by Australia's Shane Watson.

The tourists removed Martin Guptill in the opening over and skipper Carlos Brathwaite produced the catch of the year when he flung himself to his right to snare a one-handed screamer to remove Tom Bruce.

But the Black Caps were in command at 102-4, with captain Kane Williamson 17 not out off 15 balls, when the rain which had delayed the start by 20 minutes returned heavier and the players left the field.

The final match of the three-game series is at the same venue on Wednesday, with New Zealand having won game one by 47 runs in Nelson.

New Zealand are 1.40 to win the third Twenty20 international, with West Indies 3.00.

Colin Munro is 3.75 to be the Black Caps' top batsman.

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