WEST INDIES TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2017-18
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Windies 99/6 (12.0 Ovs)
Emrit 5 (5)
New Zealand 243/5
Ish Sodhi 2-0-9-1
Windies need 145 runs in 48 balls
Munro registered his third successive fifty-plus score in T20Is © AFP
Fletcher falls after aggressive knock:
While Fletcher took on the spinners with ease, Ish Sodhi finally ended his fiery knock to have him castled. Fletcher departs for 46, leaving Windies at 80 for 5 in the 9th over.
Trent Boult had some issues with his front foot in his opening over and was also hit for two successive fours by Rovman Powell. Andre Fletcher then got into the act, taking toll of the short deliveries to score two fours and a six off consecutive deliveries, followed by a boundary for Powell. However, the counter-attacking stand comes to an end in the fourth over as Powell mis-times an attempted big hit off Anaru Kitchen to give Williamson a catch. Hetmyer is run out soon after. Windies are 53 for 4 after 5.
Munro cannot stay out of action. He pouches a catch at point to help Southee pick up the wicket of Walton. Gayle is then out-foxed by a short delivery from Southee as the openers depart in the very first over.
Most runs in a bilateral T20I series:
223 C Munro (3 matches) v WI, 2017/18
222 H Masakadza (4) v Ban, 2016
211 G Maxwell (2) v SL, 2016
199 V Kohli (3) v Aus, 2016#NZvWI
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) January 3, 2018
10 sixes and 3 fours was how much Munro scored to bring up a 53-ball 104 which helps New Zealand finish with a massive total of 243 for 5, with Phillips and Santner providing the finishing touches to the innings with a six apiece. Can Windies offer some challenge with the bat, having failed to do that with the ball?
Williamson, Munro depart:
After scoring two fours and a six off Taylor, Williamson is bowled. Bot not before helping New Zealand bring up their highest T20I total. Munro falls in the final over, failing to clear mid-on to depart for 104 off 53.
While Bruce was bowled by Brathwaite, Munro soon became the first cricketer to register three T20I tons, getting his third off 47 deliveries. Kitchen is run out soon after.
Most 100s in T20I :
COLIN MUNRO – 3*
Gayle / McCullum / R Sharma / Lewis – 2
— Fandromeda (@PlayFandromeda) January 3, 2018
With two back-to-back sixes off Taylor, Munro has entered the 90s. Tom Bruce has also batted positively to bring up the half-century stand. Meanwhile, a run-out chance goes abegging as Gayle misses a direct hit, giving Munro a reprieve.
A record stand of 136:
— NZ Cricket Museum (@NZCricketMuseum) January 3, 2018
Guptill falls after fifty:
The opening stand finally comes to an end as Guptill falls for 63 off 38, edging to the ‘keeper off Emrit. But the tempo remains the same as Munro continues to make merry, scoring two sixes off Badree in the 13th over. New Zealand are 157 for 1.
Welcome to T20I cricket:
Debutant Emrit is welcomed into the attack with a huge six by Munro over long leg. The batsman brings up his third successive half-century in T20Is in the process and celebrates it with another six. The century stand comes up in the 10th over
Ashley Nurse is not spared either as he’s welcomed into the attack with two successive fours by Munro which brings up the half-century stand in the 5th over. Badree too ends up conceding two boundaries. At the end of the powerplay, New Zealand are 63 for 0 with both openers looking to do more damage.
A one-handed catch was missed but not on the field. It was at the grassbanks after Munro dispatched Taylor for the second six of the innings. Guptill then just about managed to clear the fielder between cover and point for a four off Badree and finishes the over with another boundary. New Zealand are racing away in the powerplay, having reached 42 for 0 after 4 overs.
Two boundaries straightaway for Guptill off Taylor in the opening over. One was a full delivery driven past cover while the other was strayed down the leg and was easy pickings for the right-handed opener. Munro, who got off the mark with a single in the opening over, got into the act by smashing a Samuel Badree delivery over square leg for a maximum. He mistimed the next shot but the ball landed clear of the fielders. New Zealand move to 22 for 0 after 2 overs.
Toss and Teams:
New Zealand have won the toss and decided to bat. One change for the hosts as Trent Boult replaces Seth Rance. Windies have made a couple of changes, bringing in Rayad Emrit and Jerome Taylor for Kesrick Williams and Sheldon Cottrell.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Glenn Phillips(w), Tom Bruce, Anaru Kitchen, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Windies (Playing XI): Chadwick Walton(w), Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Rayad Emrit, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree
It’s been nine matches across formats so far for Windies on this New Zealand tour and they have been without a single win. They drew one three-day practice game, which was followed by a 2-0 loss in the Test series. They went down to a New Zealand XI side in a one-day practice game followed by a 3-0 loss in the ODI series. New Zealand won the first T20I comfortably before rain intervened and washed out the second T20I. Can Windies salvage some pride by levelling the series in the final T20I or will they return home winless? Check out our preview, here.