About the Match
The Kiwis dominated in the first T20 match of the series and registered a victory by 47 runs; they lead the 3-match series 1-0 and will take on West Indies in the 2nd T20 at Mt. Maunganui on 1st January. The visitors lost the test series as well as the ODI format of the game in a humiliating way, in a clean whitewash and they will be desperate for a win now. New Zealand is on a winning roll, and they will be determined to continue with their momentum; it needs to be seen if the Windies can bounce back on New Year’s Day with a win. Both sides will leave no stone unturned to outwit the other in this game of nerves, and the team that can overcome challenges in crucial situations will have the edge to come out in a triumph.
Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips posted well-made half centuries batting first against the Windies in the first T20 match, helping them set a 188-run target for the visitors. The batting line-up has experienced players like Martin Guptill, Tom Bruce and youngster Anaru Kitchen who can try to build strong partnerships in the upcoming game.
The bowlers then defended the total successfully thanks to a brilliant 3-wicket haul each by pacer Tim Southee and medium-pacer Seth Rance. Speedster Doug Bracewell claimed 2 wickets while spinner Santner and Ish Sodhi dismissed 1 opponent each to help restrict the Windies to 140 all-out.
With an in-form bowling attack and a deep batting line-up, the Kiwis are well placed to repeat their winning performance at Mt. Maunganui.
Chris Gayle failed to fire while chasing 188 runs in the first match and players like Chadwick Walton, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammad and Rovman Powell did not impress with the bat, leading to a colossal failure by 47 runs. Captain Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse and bowler Jerome Taylor tried to revive the innings by scoring 20+ runs each but it wasn’t enough to power them through the finish line. Earlier, Andrew Fletcher started the chase on a positive note, scoring a run-a-ball 27 but with hardly any support from others, they failed to accomplish the target.
With the ball, Brathwaite and Taylor took 2 wickets apiece while spinners Samuel Badree and Ashley Nurse put up an economical spell while taking a wicket each. Kesrick Williams dismissed one opponent but gave away too many runs; they tried to contain the Kiwis but ended up facing a challenging target.
The Windies haven’t won a single contest yet on their New Zealand tour and this is the right time for them to showcase their T20 talent, and make a comeback if they want to keep the series alive.
Although West Indies have many T20 match-winners on their side, poor form continues to cause trouble for them; the Kiwis, on the other hand, have proven to be a formidable force to reckon with and are better placed to win the match and series here on Monday