|Kieron Pollard (C)||not out||75||37||4||8|
|Sheldon Cottrell||not out||1||2||0||0|
That's it from this enthralling and consuming game. New Zealand held their nerves to go over the line and take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. A lot of things to work on for both the teams before the 2nd game. The 2nd T20I begins on 29th November, 2020. That game begins at 1400 local (0100 GMT) Till then cheers and take care!
Victorious New Zealand skipper, Tim Southee says it was a strange game and they did well to win it. Adds that Lockie Ferguson bowled well and it was a very special spell of bowling from him. Mentions that they cannot control the rain and they had to play accordingly. Southee says Neesham played very well and did well to stay till the end. Ends by saying it was a nice victory for them.
Kieron Pollard, West Indies skipper, says that it was a fantastic game of cricket. Adds that the bowlers had less help on this track. Mentions that they have to improve on the no ball part as they cannot be bowling high full tosses and five-six no balls. Mentions that they need to come out of this situation and improve on their bowling. Pollard also says that the batsmen should apply a little bit and not lose wickets in heaps.
Lockie Ferguson is named the Player of the Match. He starts by saying that it is a crazy ground as the ball flies all around the park here but says that for him it went in the hands. He also mentions that he is happy with the performance of the team while chasing. Ends by saying that it is working for him nicely as he has put a lot of efforts off the field.
Earlier after Tim Southee won the toss and put West Indies to bat, Brandon King and Andre Fletcher went bang bang from ball one. Only to be stopped twice by rain and when the play resumed then came the Ferguson storm. He picked a couple of wickets in his first spell and then came back to scalp another three to make it 5 wickets for him. His first in T20Is and the second New Zealander after Tim Southee to do so. For West Indies some brutal hitting from Pollard who made 75 off 37 balls, gave his side some hope and his bowlers something to bowl at in a rain-curtailed fixture. However, in the end, poor bowling from West Indies in the second innings saw them end up on the losing side. Stay tuned as we bring you the post-match presentation where we get to hear from the skippers as well as we get to know who the Man of the match is.
Bowling from West Indies was good in bits and pieces. Allen, Williams and Paul all were sent on a leather hunt. Only Sheldon Cottrell could finish his quota of 4 overs. Oshane Thomas picked up a couple of wickets as Pollard and Cottrell had a wicket each to their name. Rest none of them even looked to bowl a testing line and length. They sprayed all around the park and that meant that they were beaten brutally. Keemo Paul bowled 5 no balls in his three overs. The short boundaries seemed to have spoiled their plan as they were smashed over the park whenever they bowled short or full. Then failed to bowl the hard length consistently.
Chasing a total of 180 in 16 overs needed some effort from the Black Caps and in the end they overcame their 5-match losing rut in T20Is with a powerful win. New Zealand needed a powerful start to begin their chase but they failed to get one as they lost 4 wickets inside 7 overs. They were 63/4 at one stage when Neesham and Conway joined forces. The duo went after the West Indian bowling creating pressure on the bowlers. They stitched a 77-run stand which almost sealed the deal before Conway fell just 9 runs short of what could have been a good fifty on debut. Though, Neesham stayed till the end and along with Mitchell Santner ensured that New Zealand cross the line.
What a scintillating game of cricket we have witnessed. After Tim Southee elected to chase, he might have thought it is a bad one, looking at West Indies' total but the dew came and made a mockery of the West Indian bowling. New Zealand go 1-0 up in the 3-match series.
SIX! Santner finishes it off in style! Short delivery on middle, Santner pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
Length delivery on off, Neesham dabs it towards short third man for a single. Just 3 needed for New Zealand from 5 balls!
Short ball on middle, Santner pulls it through square leg for a couple. Just 4 needed for New Zealand! 172/5
Length delivery on off, Neesham punches it through point for a run. New Zealand need 6 runs from 7 balls.
Full ball on middle, Santner drives it through mid on for a single.
SIX! That is smashed! Full on middle, Santner lofts it over long on for a maximum. New Zealand need 8 runs from 9 balls.
Back of a length on off, Santner keeps it out.
Length delivery on middle, Neesham pushes it through mid on for a single.
Full on middle, Santner flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs. A horrendous over. 4 no balls! 161/5
NO BALL! Keemo Paul is making a mockery of his bowling! Short ball on middle, Santner pulls it over mid-wicket for a couple. FREE HIT TO FOLLOW!
Short of a length delivery on middle, Santer looks to pull but gets hit on the body.
Full on middle, Santner flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
Length delivery on middle, Santner flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
NO BALL! Full toss on middle, Neesham lofts it over mid on but does not get the timing on it. It goes towards long on where the fielder takes the catch but it is a no ball. FREE HIT COMING UP!
Full on off, Santner pushes it through mid off for a run.
NO BALL AGAIN! A HIGH FULL TOSS! Full toss outside off, Santner looks to drive but misses it. FREE HIT CONTINUES!
NO BALL! Good length ball outside off, Santner looks to go big but misses it. Paul oversteps!
Back of a length on off, Santner keeps it out.
Length ball on off, Santner punches it through mid off for a single. 147/5
SIX! That is hammered! Short delivery on middle, Santner pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
Back of a length on off, Santner pushes it to point.
Length delivery on off, Santner punches it to point.
Mitchell Santner is the new batsman in.
OUT! CAUGHT! Conway's debut knock comes to an end! Pollard can take wickets with the ball too. Slower ball outside off, Conway eyes the fence at third man as he looks to guide it uppishly but ends up spooning it to the fielder at short third man. Oshane Thomas there comes a bit forward and takes the catch with ease.
In the air.... well fielded near the ropes! You beauty, Andre Fletcher! Have you taken a leaf out of the book of Nicholas Pooran? Length ball on middle and leg, Conway flicks it towards deep square leg. Fletcher there is calm and cool as he keeps the eyes on the ball. He takes the catch but realises that he is going over the ropes so throws the ball back into the field of play. He recovers well and saves a certain six. A couple is what the batters get.
Back of a length on off, James guides it to short third man. 138/4
SIX! That is clobbered! Full toss on middle, Neesham smashes it over square leg for a biggie.
Length delivery on off, Neesham punches it to covers.
FOUR! Nice shot! Full toss on off, Neesham drills it through mid off for a boundary.
Full on middle, Neesham flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
Full delivery on off, Conway pushes it through mid off for a single.
Keemo Paul is back on. 1-0-12-0 so far.
A chance goes abegging! Cottrell fails to hold onto the catch. Full and on the stumps, Neesham plays a check shot back to the bowler. Shledon is late to react to it as he fails to collect the ball in his followthrough. How costly will this prove? 125/4
Length ball on leg, Conway misses his tuck. The ball goes off his pads to short fine leg. A leg bye taken.
Yorker on the stumps, Conway manages to place it back to the bowler.
Full and on middle, flicked off the back foot for a single by Neesham.
EDGED AND FOUR! Short and on off, Neesham goes for the pull but he gets a top edge that flies over the keeper and into the fence at third man for a boundary. Wait. BYES have been signalled.
Full and on the pads, Conway flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
Length ball on off, pushed through off side for a single. 23 from the over and this could very well be a game-changing one! 118/4
Outside off, Conway watchfully leaves it.
Length ball on off, tucked to the leg side for a single.
FOUR! HIT ALL ALONG THE CARPET! Full and outside off, Neesham drives it through mid off and gets a boundary this time at long off. 50-STAND COMES UP!
SIX! BANGED! Full and straight outside off, Neesham deposits it with power over long off for a biggie.
FOUR! DEFT PLACEMENT! Full and on the pads, Neesham plays a nice pick up shot over square leg for a boundary.
NO BALL AND SIX! BRUTE FORCE! Full and wide outside off, Neesham frees his arms and clobbers it over the bowler's head and into the sightscreen for a biggie. 100 up for New Zealand.
FOUR! Cracking shot! Yorker outside off, Conway looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary. 95/4
NO BALL! Paul oversteps! He bowls a short ball on off, Conway pulls it towards long on. The batsmen get two runs.
BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Conway looks to defend but misses it.
FOUR! Good shot! Length ball on off, Conway pushes it through mid off for a boundary.
Back of a length on off, Neesham pushes it through mid off for a single.
PLAY AND A MISS! Length delivery outside off, Neesham looks to smash but misses it.
Back of a length on off, Neesham punches it to point.
Keemo Paul is on now.
Length ball outside off, Conway looks to cut but misses it. 83/4
Back of a length on off, Conway punches it to point.
Full on middle, Conway flicks it through square leg for a couple.
Length delivery on off, Conway punches it through point. The batters get two runs.
SIX! That is hammered! Full delivery on middle, Conway comes down the track and lofts it over covers for a maximum.
Length delivery on middle, Neesham looks to flick but gets it off the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a leg bye.
Full delivery on off, Neesham looks to defend but gets a bottom edge on this one. It goes past the stumps towards fine leg. The batsmen take a single. 72/4
FOUR! This is even better! Short ball on middle, Neesham pulls it over square leg for a boundary.
FOUR! Good length ball on off, Neesham waits and guides it towards third man for a boundary.
OUT! CAUGHT! DRAMA, DRAMA AND MORE DRAMA! Appeal for LBW and take the wicket off a run out. Nice strategy. Williams bowls a fuller one on middle, Taylor looks to flick it to the leg side but is beaten to get rapped on the pads. The ball goes towards point. There is an appeal from the bowler but nothing from the umpire. Rosco meanwhile is looking for a single. Awareness from the fielder at point, Fabien Allen means that he runs towards the stumps at the keeper's end and underarms the throw to catch Taylor short of his crease. A body blow this for New Zealand.
Length delivery on off, Conway pushes it through point for a single.
Full delivery on off, Conway drives it to mid off.
Kesrick Wiliams is on now.
BEATEN! Nice shape on this one. Good length delivery outside off, Taylor looks to defend but misses it. 62/3
Back of a length on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
Length ball outside off, Taylor offers no shot to this one.
Who is in? Ross Taylor. He needs to stitch this innings pretty deep now.
OUT! BOWLED! Phillips has played that onto his stumps. A length ball, outside off, Phillips looks to cut but is far away from the ball, as he has made room to the leg side. Gets an inside edge which hits the stumps. A knock which had exhilaration, entertainment and pain - all of which lasted just 7 balls!
WIDE. Outside off, Phillips looks to ramp this over third man but misses. Wided for height.
Around off, coming in, pushed towards mid off for a single.
FOUR! It has all been boundaries since Seifert's wicket. Short and around off, Conway pulls this through mid-wicket.
FOUR! 22 from the final Powerplay over! A short ball, outside off, Phillips pulls this past short fine leg! 56/2 for the Kiwis then, after 5 overs. 120 more needed from 11 overs. 56/2
SIX! Three biggies in the last 4 balls! New Zealand are ending the Powerplay well. Remember, this being a 16-over game, the Powerplay is for just 5 overs. Fractionally short, outside off, Phillips goes back and launches this over mid-wicket.
The physio has come out to the middle. Phillips is holding his right knee and don't know whether it is just cramps or has he tweaked a muscle. Ready to go now.
SIX! 'AAARGH!' is the cry. Something has happened. Phillips is down. Full and outside off, Phillips arches back and sends this over long on. However, after hitting it, he nearly collapses.
Short again, outside off, cut straight to point.
SIX! Fine shot. A tad short, outside off, Phillips goes back and pulls it massively over mid-wicket!
Outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
On a length outside off, Conway feels for it but misses. 34/2
Who am I? I am the new batsman. Call me Glenn Phillips.
OUT! GONE! Initially dropped, but then taken in the second attempt! Seifert backs away to the leg side and Thomas follows him. It is a touch fuller and hence, Seifert has to reach out. He ends up skewing it high in the air towards mid on. Rovman Powell gets across, takes what should have been an easy catch but then fumbles. However, he juggles well and hangs on! New Zealand not quite getting the start they wanted. 142 more needed from 73 balls.
WIDE. Short and outside off, Seifert looks to ramp this over the keeper, towards third man but misses. Wided for height.
Banged in short, pulled away but straight to deep square leg. Just a single.
Outside off, angling away, played straight to point.
This is worked through mid-wicket for a single.
Oshane Thomas now.
MISFIELD, FOUR! Short and outside off, coming in. Seifert punches this to the left of short third man. The fielder gets across but simply lets it through.
Four! Lucky, lucky, lucky! Not quite where the batsman intended to hit, but the batter will take a boundary off the inside edge to fine leg. Fuller and around off, Conway looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge, which scoots past the stumps towards fine leg! 27/1
FOUR! A bit too straight. Conway gets across and gently nudges it to the fine leg fence.
A short ball now, helped towards fine leg for a run.
Full again, driven beautifully through point but it is stopped.
Fuller, around off, driven straight to mid off.
Banged in short, pulled through square leg for a single.
On off, Tim keeps it out. 17/1
Short ball on off, Seifert cuts it to point.
Flighted on off, Seifert keeps it out.
FOUR! Loopy delivery on off, Seifert punches it through covers for a boundary.
SIX! That is huge! Floated ball on middle, Seifert comes down the track and lofts it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
Tossed up delivery on off, Seifert keeps it out.
Fabian Allen to bowl from the other end.
Short and wide outside off, Conway cuts it to find point to perfection. 7/1
Nervy start on debut! Full and around off, Conway has a feel for the ball as he goes poking at it without any footwork. Luckily for him the ball does not take the outside edge.
Devon Conway is the new batsman in.
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Out comes the salute from Sheldon Cottrell. He bowls a hard length outside off, Guptill looks to go hard at it. He goes for the cut by making room there. He fails to get it off the middle as the ball takes the outside edge and settles into the mitts of Pooran.
Length ball outside off, Guptill lets it be.
Length ball on leg, flicked to the leg side by Seifert for a single.
FIVE OVERTHROWS! Short and on off, Guptill fends it awkwardly towards short third man and hares for a quick run. The fielder there has a shy at the keeper's end but misses it. There is no one backing up there so the ball goes to the mid-wicket fence for four runs.
THE CHASE IS UNDERWAY! WIDE! Cottrell bowls it down the leg side and the umpire wided it.
We are back for the chase. The West Indies players are out in the middle. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert will open the innings for New Zealand. Sheldon Cottrell will start the proceedings for West Indies.