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West Indies Hit Back To Tie Series

Andre Fletcher and Darren Sammy punch gloves
Andre Fletcher (left) and Darren Sammy punch gloves during the West Indian innings
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Trent Boult took a stunning catch but ended up on the losing side
Trent Boult took a stunning catch but ended up on the losing side
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West Indies 165-6 (Fletcher 62) beat
New Zealand 126 (Cottrell 3-28) by 39 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Dominica

The West Indies beat New Zealand by 39 runs in the second and final Twenty20 International in Dominica as the series was tied 1-1.

Andre Fletcher scored his second half-century in as many days as the home side produced an improved batting effort to make 165 for six.

Having lost the first game by 12 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method, they followed that up by bowling out New Zealand for 129.

Sheldon Cottrell, in the side in place of Krishmar Santokie, took three for 28 and there was a brace of wickets for Sunil Narine.

Fletcher hit three fours and three sixes during his innings while Lendl Simmons (36 in 34 balls) helped Fletcher add 66 for the second wicket.

Darren Bravo (14), Kieron Pollard (13), Darren Sammy (10) and Andre Russell (14) all played cameos although it took an outstanding catch from Trent Boult to end Pollard's innings.

The fast bowler took the ball running back towards the boundary but realising his momentum would carry him over the rope, managed to throw the ball back into play, then turn and dive back into play himself to complete the catch.

But should the catch have stood? Boult did not return to the field of play (taking off from the other side of the rope) before taking the catch, so under updated laws for such catches, a case has been made made for it to be discounted.

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He also picked up figures of two for 22 by bowling Fletcher and having Sammy caught by Corey Anderson, who was one o ffour New Zealanders - Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Kane Williamson were the others - to take one wicket.

In reply, Jimmy Neesham (7) fell early once again as his move to open the innings didn't pay off again but Williamson (37 in 28 balls) and Brendon McCullum (21 in 16) began to make light of his early departure, bowled by Pollard.

They put in 32 together before McCullum fell to Samuel Badree but when Williamson fell in the 12th over, the score was 82 for three and New Zealand were struggling.

Ross Taylor used up 23 balls to make 21 and was bowled by Narine (2-19) to leave New Zealand in further bother at 88 for four.

Anderson hit 14 and Luke Ronchi 12 but neither score at better than a run per ball and if the run chase hadn't already stalled, it had by the time that Ronchi, BJ Watling (1), Tom Latham (3) and Anderson had all gone by the end of the 18th over.

New Zealand had needed 67 to win in five overs - an unlikely target, but not impossible with Anderson at the crease, but even he was powerless as the West Indies kept things tight.

In the end, they had needed 40 from the final over with one wicket remaining, but it took just one ball for Bravo to run out Boult for five and end the game with five balls unused.

Cottrell removed Neesham, Anderson and Latham to return career-best figures.

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