New Zealand defeat West Indies in 1st T20

Ruben Hill
November 27, 2020

All overseas arrivals must undergo two weeks in quarantine, although New Zealand Cricket negotiated special privileges to allow the tourists to train together. The chase didn't go to plan as far as the Kiwis were concerned as they lost the local lad - Martin Guptill off the first over. Just when it looked good for New Zealand, Thomas dismissed Phillips to dent the home team's chances. Conway, on debut, was impressive, punishing the bowlers for erring in their lines.

WI captain Kieron Pollard was unbeaten on 75 (37 balls, eight sixes and four boundaries) and opener Andre Fletcher notched 34 and Fabian Allen (30) as the visitors reached 180 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

With a number of the players who took part in the Indian Premier League recently being released from quarantine, it is still not clear what sort of camaraderie or cohesion the regional side will have; however, they will be gunning to secure their fourth T20 win in a row after their last successful away fixtures against Sri Lanka.

Two of the cases were described as "historical" and four were new. Windies pacer Keemo Paul (0/39) bowled five no balls.

The left-handed all-rounder Santer hit glorious sixes in the match-defining moments to seal the chase of 176 with four balls to spare. Even as Neesham stayed unbeaten on 48 runs off 24 balls, Santner got an unbeaten 31 off 18 balls. On the other hand, Santner whacked three sixes in his cameo to hand New Zealand the win. Those clouds and heavy rain forced three rain interruptions, pushing the game to be reduced to a 16-over affair.

West Indies opener Andre Fletcher smashed back-to-back sixes off debutant Kyle Jamieson, who conceded 18 from his first over in worldwide T20.

"What happens in terms of taking a knee or anything like that will be discussed with the West Indies", Stead said in the lead-up to the series.

Ferguson proved just how important extra pace is in T20s. He started with a double-wicket strike to kickstart the collapse, with Tim Southee following it up with two of his own as West Indies's middle order collapsed. He launched a counter-attack and played a few lusty blows, bringing the game back in balance.

Through the brilliance of their skipper - Kieron Pollard.

Meanwhile, Allen played the role of second fiddle and assisted Pollard in building an 84-run stand for the sixth wicket.

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