In Auckland, New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by defeating the West Indies by 5 wickets in the first T20 match by Duckworth-Lewis Rule. The West Indies scored 180 for 7 wickets in 16 overs by batting first. Due to the rain, New Zealand was given a target of 176 runs in the same number of overs as the Duckworth Lewis rule. NZ won this match for 5 wickets in 15.2 overs. (NZ vs WI first T20 report)
NZ vs WI Match Summary
West Indies got off to a better start after losing the toss. Andre Fletcher and Brendan King added 58 runs for the first wicket. Fletcher scored 34 runs off 14 balls. King scored 13 runs. Shimron Hetmyer did not bat and was dismissed without opening an account. Nicholas Pooran was also able to score 1 and Rawman Powell could not open the account.
Captain Kieron Pollard took the lead after the Caribbean team’s 5 wickets fell for 59 runs. Pollard scored 75 runs off 37 balls with 8 sixes and 4 fours. Fabian Allen accompanies them. He also scored 30 runs then West Indies’ score reached 180 for 7 wickets in 16 overs. This inning was considered over after the rain. Loki Ferguson took 5 wickets for 21 runs for New Zealand. Tim Southee got 2 wickets.
Neesham and Santner hero of the match
New Zealand got the revised target of 176 runs. The Kiwi team started badly and Martin Guptill was dismissed for just 5 runs. After that Tim Siefert also kept going, scoring 17 runs. Glenn Phillippe started well and kept going after scoring 22 off 7 balls. New Zealand was in trouble after losing 4 wickets for 63 runs when Devon Conway and James Neesham took over and the two shared a half-century partnership.
Conway was bowled out for 41 when Mitchell Santner hit a quick knock. Neesham scored an unbeaten 48 off 24 balls and Santner scored an unbeaten 31 off 18 balls to help the Kiwi team win by 179 for five wickets on the second ball of the sixteenth over. For West Indies, Oshen Thomas took the most 2 wickets. (NZ vs WI first T20 report)
West Indies: 180/7
New Zealand: 179/5 DL