Williamson returns as world-class catches highlights Caribbean T20I

West Indies v New Zealand, 1st T20I, talking points

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Kane Williamson made a triumphant return to the T20I arena as New Zealand clinched a narrow victory over West Indies in an entertaining clash in the Caribbean.

World-class fielding on display in Kingston

Some of the catching from both sides had to be seen to be believed during the first T20I in Kingston and it was difficult to choose which catch on the day was best of all.

Shimron Hetmyer got the ball rolling with an athletic effort to snaffle New Zealand veteran Martin Guptill for 16, while Devon Thomas and James Neesham also hauled in superb grabs that would have claimed 'catch of the day' honours for most T20I matches.

Shimron Hetmyer leapt high to help dismiss Martin Guptill
Shimron Hetmyer leapt high to help dismiss Martin Guptill

But it was this effort from Hayden Walsh that caught the eye most, with the West Indies spinner showing why he's considered one of the best fielders in the world as he sprinted along the boundary and dived at full stretch to help dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

Welcome back skipper

This calendar year has been a frustrating one for Kane Williamson as he has battled ongoing injuries, so it was great to see the New Zealand captain back playing what was his first T20I since last year's T20 World Cup decider against Australia in Dubai.

Williamson looked to be in good touch with the willow too as he smashed a quickfire 47 from just 33 deliveries in a knock that featured a quartet of fours and two massive sixes.

The New Zealand skipper was eventually out in the 18th over courtesy of Walsh’s athletic catch, but not before he had helped his side on their way to post a big score against the dangerous West Indies.

Steady Boult overshadowed by star all-rounder

Experienced quick Trent Boult made headlines on the eve of the match when he announced he was turning his back on his central contract with New Zealand Cricket, but he still turned out against the West Indies and picked up the valuable wicket of Jason Holder.

It was Mitchell Santner that stole the show for the visitors, with the star collecting three crucial scalps and conceding just 19 runs from his four overs on his way to claiming Player of the Match honours.

Santner's spell could have been the difference between two sides in the end, with West Indies' tail wagging as Romario Shepherd (31*) and Odean Smith (27*) gave the hosts some late hope with some powerful hitting that eventually proved in vain.

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