New Zealand were asked to bat first in the last international match of 2017. The hosts lost Martin Guptill for 5 early in the innings. Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips took on the charge and added 86 runs for the second wicket.
Munro hammered 37-ball 53 runs including 6 fours and 2 sixes. Phillips scored his maiden T20I half-century as he made 55 runs from 40 deliveries with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Both were dismissed in quick successions.
Ross Taylor made 20 while debutant Anaru Kitchen scored 12. Mitchell Santner’s 11-ball 23* and Tim Southee’s 10* guided the Blackcaps to 187/7 in 20 overs as Kesrick Williams leaked 25 runs in the final over including three no balls.
Jerome Taylor and skipper Carlos Brathwaite took two wickets each for West Indies.
In reply, West Indies were put under pressure when debutant Seth Rance dismissed both openers- Chadwick Walton (7) and Chris Gayle (12) on consecutive balls. Andre Fletcher made 25-ball 27 with 3 fours and a six. Shai Hope made 15 on debut.
Cameos from Brathwaite (21 off 14), Ashley Nurse (20* off 9) and Taylor’s (20 off 10) didn’t help the tourists enough. New Zealand bundled them out for 140 runs in 19 overs.
Rance and Southee picked up three wickets each. Doug Bracewell took two wickets.
New Zealand 187/7 in 20 overs (Phillips 55, Munro 53; Brathwaite 2/38, Taylor 2/41)
West Indies 140 allout in 19 overs (Fletcher 27, Brathwaite 21; Rance 3/30, Southee 3/36)
New Zealand won by 47 runs
Man of the Match: Glenn Phillips (55)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com