About the Match
The Kiwis lead 1-0 in the 2-match T20 series against West Indies by defeating them by 81 runs in the first match on Sunday; they two teams now face each other in the 2nd T20 match on Wednesday at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington wherein New Zealand will try to win the series whereas the visitors will do their best to level it and have something to cheer about before returning home. Both sides have talented players who have a good track record in this format of the game; it will be interesting to see which team can keep its nerves together and emerge victorious here.
The first match saw the Kiwis triumph emphatically over the West Indies by 81 runs as Luke Ronchi and Brendon McCullum posted an 85-run partnership in 7.1 overs to give them the required edge over the visitors. While Brendon scored 60 runs off 45 deliveries, Ronchi scored 48 runs off just 25 balls; the duo smashed away eight sixes and five fours to take the total to 189 runs and there was no looking back for the team where the bowlers Nathan McCullum and Neesham together demolished the West Indies batting line-up, taking 7 wickets between them. Guptill and Ryder started out well but posted a slow 38-run opening partnership, but Brendon turned things around for them and later Ronchi provided the required impetus to take the team safely home. Nathan bowled magnificently to take 4 consecutive wickets that denied the opposition to reach the target; Neesham claimed 3 wickets while Adam Milne took the wicket of Simmons in the 2nd over itself. The team has done very well so far and will look to annihilate the West Indies and take the T20 title with ease.
Tino Best and Nikita Miller bowled their heart out to get the Kiwi openers out and with 5 wickets between them the team was in a good position until Brendon and Ronchi took the game away. The batsmen faced a target of 190 runs and with a shaky start this looked like an uphill task for them. Though Fletcher tried to build the innings, there was hardly any support from the other end and they were all wiped out for 108 runs and lost the match by 81 runs. The team is missing some of the hard-hitters and will need to strategize well if they want to win the second match and level the series. The bowlers need to be more sharp and disciplined to contain the Kiwis from reaching huge targets and the team needs to rise above its weaknesses to come up with a better performance here.
New Zealand has peaked in its performance and they are gaining strength to strength with every passing match; the West Indies on the other hand need to put up a tougher fight by playing with a more positive attitude. While the visitors have a good chance to make a comeback, the Kiwis are looking much more confident, going into this final match being clear favorites to win the series.
New Zealand, 1.44 @ Titan Bet