Munro, Phillips power New Zealand to 47-run win in first T20I
New Zealand 187-7 (Philipps 55) beat
West Indies 140 (Rance 3-30) by 47 runs
First Twenty20 International in Nelson
After Glenn Phillips and Colin Munro scored blistering half centuries, Seth Rance and Tim Southee picked three wickets apiece as New Zealand went on to defeat West Indies by 47 runs in the first Twenty20 International in Nelson to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jerome Taylor (2-41) struck early in the second over when he trapped Martin Guptill (5) LBW but Munro (55) struck five boundaries in the next three overs to take the score to 40 for one in the powerplay.
Philipps went on to complete his fourth half-century in T20Is after he struck two more sixes and a four and at halfway mark, the Black Caps reached 81 for one. Phillips too completed his maiden half-century off 38 balls but both the batsmen departed after their individual milestone.
Even though West Indies made a brief comeback with the wickets of Tom Bruce (2) and Anaru Kitchen (12), cameos from Ross Taylor (20) and Mitchell Santner (23 not out) provided the late flourish to lift the total to 187 for seven in the 20 overs.
In the chase, West Indies lost both their openers Chris Gayle (12) and Chadwick Walton (7). Even though Andre Fletcher (27) and Shai Hope (15) consolidated the bit, the runs came at a slow rate which meant the middle and lower order had a tough ask to match.
Despite cameos from Carlos Brathwaite (14), Ashley Nurse (20 not out) and Jerome Taylor (20), West Indies could manage only 140 before they were bowled out in 19 overs.
Phillips bagged the player of the match as New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the series.
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