West Indies Vs. New Zealand, 2nd T20I- The Carribeans stroll to a 39 run win
It was the decisive T20 between West Indies and New Zealand at the same venue, Roseau. New Zealand won the first of the 2-match T20 series and after the Kiwis won the toss, they elected to bowl first.
It was Dwayne Smith and Lendl Simmons who opened the innings for West Indies and again it was Tim Southee to start off the proceedings for the bowling side. The Carribeans looked determined for a win and started their innings with confident fashion. However, Smith was dismissed by Southee in the 3rd over of the innings and for yet another time.. West Indies were thus 14 for 1.
Andre Fletcher, the hero of the last match came on and started off his innings quite well and was building up a brilliant partnership alongside Simmons. The latter was even striking the ball well and looked solid at the crease. Finally,in the 11th over of the innings, teh swashbuckling marauder tried to clear the boundary and in the process got caught. Ish Sodhi gave kiwis the much needed breakthrough and the partnership contributed 59 runs for the team. Darren Bravo came in next but it was not his day today and although after getting a brilliant start, he was dismissed soon.
Meanwhile, Fletcher was carrying on with his good work at the other end and was taking West Indies to a defendable total. Fletcher smacked 16 runs in the 18th over of the innings which also turned things in favour of the Caribbean and at the end of 18 overs, West Indies were 143 for the loss of 4 wickets. Fletcher was finally dismissed in the 19th over to the innings and he scored a brilliant 62 runs off 49 balls which comprised of 3 fours and 3 sixes. Darren Sammy came in and made a quick 10 off 3 balls. Finally, West Indies reached a score of 165 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of 20 overs. Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers for the West Indies with 2 wickets for 22 runs in his 4 overs.
New Zealand required 166 runs to clinch the victory and in turn clinch the series. As usual, Neesham and Williamson opened the innings for the Kiwis and West Indies got the start they required. Neesham edged a ball to the point region and was got caught right in the second over of the innings. Sheldon Cottrell dismissed Neesham. McCullum came in next and started his destruction right from the start. But Badree steadied things for the hosts by dismissing McCullum in the 6th over to the innings and thus New Zealand lost the big fish, their skipper, Brendon McCullum. Then it was Williamson and Ross Taylor to take up the responsibility of scoring a brilliant partnership.
But Williamson was deceived by Pollard in the 12th over and he was dismissed bowled. Williamson scored 37 runs off 28 deliveries. Taylor was dismissed an over later. New Zealand were thus in deep trouble, after having lost 4 wickets for 88 runs at the end of 13th over. Then it was Ronchi and Anderson for the Kiwis. After starting to build a small partnership, Ronchi was dismissed in the 17th over of the innings and his dismissal reduced New Zealand’s chances for a win. Watling and Anderson was dismissed very soon and it was all-over for New Zealand. Finally, in the 20th over of the innings, New Zealand were bundled at a score of 126 runs. Sheldon Cottell was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies. He took 3 wickets by giving away 28 runs in 3.3 overs.
So West Indies won the match by 39 runs to square the series and the series was thus drawn. Fletcher was given the man of the match yet again.
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