In the rain-curtailed opening match of the three-match T20I series, the hosts New Zealand beat the visitors West Indies by 5 wickets and have taken the 1-0 lead in the series.
The home team captain Tim Southee chose to field first after winning the toss in this match. While we experienced three rain-interruptions during the first innings, West Indies managed to score 180/7 in 16 overs.
However, New Zealand got the revised target of 176 runs in 16 overs and they chased that target in 15.2 overs after losing five wickets.
Brief Scores (16-overs per side): West Indies – 180/7 in 16 overs (Kieron Pollard 75*, Andre Fletcher 34; Lockie Ferguson 5/21)
New Zealand (Revised Target: 176 in 16 overs) – 179/5 in 15.2 overs (James Neesham 48*, Devon Conway 41; Oshane Thomas 2/23)
The Result – New Zealand won by 5 wickets (DLS method)
Here are some of the stats reviews of the match:
i) The hosts New Zealand won this match by 5 wickets (DLS method).
- Playing their 6th T20I match in this calendar year, it was New Zealand’s first T20I victory. Before this match, they suffered five defeats in 2020, including two Super Over defeats.
- New Zealand finally claimed their T20I win after suffering 7 straight defeats in the T20I format, including three Super Over defeats.
i) Coming to bat at no.6 position, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard scored 75*.
- It is the highest individual T20I score for a West Indies batsman who came to bat at no.6 or lower. The previous record was 55* by Denesh Ramdin (came to bat at no.6 position) against New Zealand at Wellington on 15th January 2014.
- It is the second-highest individual T20I score for a West Indies batsman against New Zealand. The record is 85* by Chris Gayle (at Lauderhill on 30th June 2012).
- It is the third-highest individual score for a West Indies T20I captain. Chris Gayle is the top two record holders in this list with 98 runs (vs India at Bridgetown on 9th May 2010) and 88 runs (vs Australia at The Oval on 6th June 2009).
ii) Kieron Pollard has scored 1198 T20 runs. During this match, Pollard became the third most T20I run-scorer for West Indies after surpassing Lendl Simmons who has scored 1189 T20I runs. Only Chris Gayle (1627 runs) and Marlon Samuels (1611 runs) are now ahead of Pollard in the list of most T20I runs for West Indies.
Kieron Pollard and Fabian Allen
i) For the 6th wicket, Kieron Pollard and Fabian Allen put 84 runs partnership.
- It is the highest T20I partnership for West Indies for 6th or lower wicket. Their previous record was 73 runs partnership, once for the 7th wicket between Denesh Ramdin and Runako Morton (vs Australia at Hobart on 21st February 2010) and another once for the 6th wicket between Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons (vs England at Bridgetown on 13th March 2014).
- It is the highest T20I partnership for 6th or lower wicket for any team against New Zealand. The previous record was 77 runs partnership for the unbroken 6th wicket between Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey (Australia) at Auckland on 17th February 2005.
i) Lockie Ferguson had the bowling figures of 4-0-21-5. It was the second-best T20I bowling figures for a New Zealand bowler. The best record is 4-1-18-5 by Tim Southee against Pakistan at Auckland on 26th December 2010.