KFC T20 Series between New Zealand and West Indies has officially been concluded as the third and final t20i of the series was washed out by rain after just 2.2 overs of play at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
Mitchell Santner, standing in his maiden international as a captain, invited West Indies to bat first after winning the toss. West Indian team scored 25 losing the wicket of Brandon King to Lockie Ferguson from the hands of Jimmy Neesham in the very first over.
Before this New Zealand had already clinched the series 2-0 as a result of couple of really good performances. Lockie Ferguson got man of the series for his spectacular bowling performance throughout the series picking 7 wickets at an average of 8.00 and economy of 6.22. Glenn Philips finished as the highest run scorer of the tournament with 130 runs at an strike rate of 224.
Tournament started with the rain interruption after the second over, reducing the first game to 16 overs. After that Lockie Ferguson destroyed West Indian batting line up which was followed by some serious hitting from Kieron Pollard. Ferguson picked fifer conceding just 21 in four overs while Kieron Pollard to score 75 runs on just 37 deliveries to make team reach 180 in the 16 overs. New Zealand, given the revised target of 176, chased it down pretty easily in 15.2 overs with the help of Jimmy Neesham’s 48(24)*, Devon Conway’s 41(29), Mitchell Santner’s 31(18) and a quick fiery 22(7) from Glenn Phillips.
On the second game of the series New Zealand was completely over West Indies as they put up a mammoth of 238/3 off the 20 overs in the board, Glenn Philips scored 108(51) in the process , while Devon Conway assisted him with 65(37). There was not much from West Indies in both bowling and batting costing them a heavy defeat of 72 runs. Tim Santner and Kyle Jamieson picked 2 wickets each restricting West Indies to 166/9.
The West Indian Team will have their other encounter against the host from the 3rd of December in the 2 match test series.