New Zealand begin T20I series with 13-run win against West Indies

After being sent to bat first, openers Martin Guptill and Conway gave the Kiwis a strong start by putting on a 62-run partnership.

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New Zealand have beaten West Indies by 13 runs in the first T20I of the three-match series on Wednesday (August 10) at Sabina Park. Two good innings from- Devon Conway and Kane Williamson and brilliant bowling from Mitchell Santner gave the visitors a well-deserved victory.
After being sent to bat first, openers Martin Guptill and Conway gave the Kiwis a strong start by putting on a 62-run partnership. However, pacer Odean Smith came to bowl in the 8th over and took both the openers in two consecutive deliveries. Guptill scored 16 runs off 17 balls and Conway 43 runs off 29 balls.
Then, captain Kane Williamson, who returned after a break, played a crucial knock of 47 runs from 33 balls despite Glenn Phillips (17) and Daryl Mitchell (16) failed. In the end, James Neesham’s unbeaten destructive innings of 33 runs from just 15 balls gave the visitors a big total of 185 runs 20 overs losing 5 wickets. Smith was the standout bowler for West Indies with three wickets.
West Indies started slowly for the chase as opener Shamarh Brooks played a 42-run innings off 43 balls. All the other batsmen in the middle failed to play any good innings and West Indies struggled a lot throughout the innings. Jason Holder (25 off 19 balls), and Rovman Powell (18 off 12 balls) tried to turn around the fortune but weren’t able to make the innings bigger.
However, Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith made an unbeaten 58-run partnership in the eighth wicket but still they were short of 13 runs as 26 runs were needed in the last over. Shepherd remained unbeaten on 31 runs from 16 balls and Smith 27 from 12 balls. Santner was the best bowler for Kiwis with a bowling figure of 4-0-19-3.