Munro blasts record ton as NZ crush Windies |

Munro blasts record ton as NZ crush Windies

New Zealand 243/5 (Munro 104, Guptill 63) beat West Indies 124 (Fletcher 46, Southee 3/21, Sodhi 2/25, Boult 2/29) by 119 runs

Afp, Mount Maunganui     4 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Munro blasts record ton as NZ crush Windies

New Zealand batsman Colin Munro plays a shot during their third T20I against West Indies at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

New Zealand’s master blaster Colin Munro attributed his record-setting century to sink the West Indies in the third Twenty20 in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday to a hit-and-hope philosophy.

“I try and go out there and swing from ball one and see what happens,” he said after blazing 104 off 53 deliveries.

On the back of Munro’s heroics, New Zealand won the third Twenty20 by 119 runs to complete a sweep of the tour by the West Indies, having won both Tests, all three one-day internationals and two T20s.

Munro became the first player to score three centuries in international T20s, going one clear of four other players, including the West Indies’ Chris Gayle.

“If I’m lucky enough to get a good start, I try and carry that momentum and if it’s my night, it’s my night and if not then back to the drawing board,” said the 30-year-old left-hander, who cracked 10 sixes and three fours.

New Zealand made 243 for five in their 20 overs and the West Indies’ reply ended at 124 for nine in 16.3 overs, with Shai Hope unable to bat after being injured while fielding.

Munro was named man of the series after scores of 53 and 104 in the two completed Twenty20s and 66 in the washed-out second match.