The first match of the 2-match T20 series between West Indies and New Zealand was severely delayed by the rain and as a conclusion, it was the Duckworth Lewis method that came into play and New Zealand were adjourned as the winners of the match by 12 runs according to the D/L method. But that was the story of yesterday. We have the second T20 coming up right on tonight. It is indeed a hectic schedule and it is seldom seen that two matches of a series are being played on consecutive days. It will be a test of fitness for both the teams as they head onto play the decisive T20 game at Roseau today, which starts from 11:30PM IST.
New Zealand, after being victorious in the test series are carrying their run in the T20 series too and they played extremely well last night. Their prime bowlers in the likes of Southee and Boult carried on the good work which they started from the test series. Both of them managed to provide breakthroughs for their teams at crucial times and thus they restricted the immensely strong and aggressive West Indian batting line up at a score of 132 runs at the end of 18 overs. Also, their opening pair in the likes of Williamson and Rutherford looked in perfect shape and are expected to provide the same level of performance today. It is a good sign for them too as their skipper, Brendon McCullum seems in a good form and he batted incredibly well in the last match to ensure a smooth victory for the kiwis. The Kiwis, at the present moment lead the 2-match T20 series by 1-0 and a victory today will ensure the series win.
The West Indian line up is also pretty strong but they made a disappointing show on the field in the first match. Their opening pair, Dwayne Smith and Lendl Simmons did not manage to score big and both of them were dismissed in single figure scores. But they have a good sign in the middle order. Andre Fletcher and Darren Bravo looked to be in perfect touch last day and their strong and aggressive partnership made West Indies to reach the score of 132. But in today’s match, the opening partnership has to hold the key for them. We know the opening pair is immensely destructive but they have to come up with a destructive performance today to win the game. Also, their bowling attack did not seem impressive in the first T20 match and even the spinning mystery, Sunil Narine did not able to put up a great effort.
West Indies must win this match to level the series and in turn save the series. We know they have a destructive line up but they have to come up to the occasion. Also, rain might play a spoilsport today as well as the match will be played on the same ground itself. If the match is washed away, then New Zealand will win the series. Weather forecasts do suggest chances of rain but we all want a good game of cricket.
Let us see what happens and who clinches the series.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.