New Zealand beats West Indies by four wickets in Wellington, claims T20I series 2-0
Luke Ronchi’s 28-ball 51 helped New Zealand trounce West Indies in the second Twenty20 International at the Westpac stadium in Wellington on Wednesday (January 15).
The four-wicket win gave New Zealand the T20I series after it won the three-match Test series 2-0. West Indies squared the five-match One-Day International series 2-2, its only success in the six-week long tour.
New Zealand won the first T20I by 81 runs, but was left struggling at 79 for 5 in the second match after West Indies had put up 159 for 5, having opted to bat. However, Ross Taylor and Ronchi put on a 68-run stand for the sixth-wicket to turn the innings around.
Taylor, who scored a 41-ball 39, played the role of the anchor while Ronchi milked the bowling, smashing four fours and two sixes in his innings of 51.
Both batsmen took on Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies captain, scoring 17 runs off him in the 15th over, reducing the target to 54 off 36 balls to a more manageable 36 off 30 balls. Though Taylor was dismissed in the 17th over, holing out to Chadwick Walton at deep midwicket, the pair had ensured New Zealand was in a position to coast to victory.
However, West Indies could have managed a different outcome if it had stuck on to the given chances. Jesse Ryder, the opening batsman, was dropped twice as he raced to a 9-ball 23 while Brendon McCullum was also given a reprieve in his innings of 17.
More than anything, West Indies was left to rue missing the chance to dismiss Luke Ronchi, who was declared the Man of the Match. Andre Russell dropped a caught and-and-bowled opportunity, and when Ronchi scampered through for a quick single, Tino Best was also off target with his throw at the stumps.
Earlier, West Indies lost its way and was reduced to 67 for 4 in 11 overs. Denesh Ramdin and Andre Fletcher helped them post 159 for 5, with a 70-run stand in 7.1 overs.
Ramdin carried on till the end, scoring an unbeaten 31-ball 51, including three fours and three sixes.
New Zealand will now play India for five ODIs, starting with the first match in Napier on January 19. India and New Zealand will also play two Tests as part of the tour.