Sunday, 2 October, 2022

New Zealand cruise past demoralised Windies in 2nd T20

New Zealand cruise past demoralised Windies in 2nd T20
West Indies’ Rovman Powell walks off the field during the 2nd T20 match at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday. —AFP

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New Zealand pulverised a demoralised West Indies by 90 runs in the second T20 International at Sabina Park on Friday to take an unbeatable 2-0 in the three-match series.

In a one-sided encounter which magnified the rapid decline of the two-time World T20 winners over the past 12 months, the Black Caps piled up 215 for five.

They then limited the home team to just 125 for nine in reply to hand the Caribbean side a sixth defeat in their last seven matches in the format.

Glen Phillips' blistering 76 off 41 balls with six sixes and four fours highlighted the tourists' dominant batting performance and earned him the man of the match award after captain Kane Williamson chose to take first strike.

He received excellent support from Daryl Mitchell (48) in an 83-run fourth-wicket stand while opener Devon Conway again made a useful contribution in getting to 42.

Needing victory to keep the series alive going into the final match at the same venue on Sunday, West Indies crumbled to spin for the second time in six days.

Mitchell Santner and Michael Bracewell returned identical figures of three for 15. Ish Sodhi made it seven wickets to spin when he removed Rovman Powell for 21.

They had lost all 10 wickets to spin -- a first in the entire history of T20 International cricket -- in the last fixture of the five-match series against India in Florida last Sunday.

However, Obed McCoy, top-scorer with an unbeaten 23, and Hayden Walsh featured in an unbroken last-wicket stand of 38, a record for the team in T20Is.

McCoy was also the most successful bowler with figures of three for 40 amid the carnage when New Zealand batted.