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Munro record century helps New Zealand to 2-0 series win

Colin Munro scored 104 off 53 deliveries
Colin Munro scored 104 off 53 deliveries

New Zealand 243-5 (Munro 104) beat
West Indies 124 (Fletcher 46) by 119 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Mount Maunganui

Colin Munro became the first cricketer to slam three centuries in Twenty20 Internationals as New Zealand trounced West Indies by 119 runs in the final game in Mount Maunganui to win the series 2-0.

Earlier, it was New Zealand, who won the toss and decided to bat first. Martin Guptill (63) and Munro (104) hit nine boundaries and two sixes combined in the powerplay to set the tone for the innings as they raced to 63 for naught in the first six overs.

With West Indies hardly having a grip in the game, Munro hit back to back sixes in the ninth over to complete a 26-ball fifty - also his third in as many games in the series.

The 100-run stand between the duo came off just 56 deliveries and few balls later, Guptill reached a 31-ball half-century and at half-way mark New Zealand were positioned 118 for naught.

In the 11th over, Guptill survived a review from West Indies for caught behind, even though he fell in the next over giving Rayad Emrit (1-42), ending the 136 run stand with Munro.

However, Munro looked in lethal form as he plundered four more sixes in the next three overs and despite wickets falling at the other end, he went on to complete a 47-ball ton. Kane Williamson (19) also played an useful eight-ball cameo at the end as New Zealand went on to post a massive 243 run total in the 20 overs.

In the chase, West Indies lost both Chadwick Walton (0) and Chris Gayle (0) in the first over from Tim Southee (3-21) and from there on the visitors hardly recovered with only Andre Fletcher (46) showing some fight.

Eventually, West Indies were bowled out for 124 runs off 16.3 overs with Southee being the pick of the bowler with three wickets while Trent Boult (2-29) and Ish Sodhi (2-25) claiming two wickets apiece.

Munro was named the man of the match as well as the player of the series.

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