New Zealand crushed a demoralized West Indies by 90 runs in the second T20 International at Sabina Park on Friday to take an unbeatable 2-0 in the three-game series. In a one-sided encounter that exacerbated the rapid decline of the two-time World T20 winners over the past 12 months, the Black Caps piled 215 for five. They then limited the home team to just 125 for nine in response to give the Caribbean side a sixth loss in their last seven games in the format.
Glen Phillips’ blistering 76 off 41 balls with six sixes and four fours emphasized the tourists’ dominant hitting performance and gave him the man of the match after Captain Kane Williamson chose to strike first.
He got excellent support from Daryl Mitchell (48) in an 83-run fourth-wicket score, while opener Devon Conway made another useful contribution to finish 42.
“It was great to come back to Sabina Park and get a good score today,” Phillips said, looking back on his time playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.
“Credit to the West Indian bowlers up front for doing well in taking the ball’s tempo, but we executed our overall plans better this time around.”
As the West Indies needed the win to keep the series alive in the final game at the same venue on Sunday, it crumbled to run for the second time in six days.
Mitchell Santner and Michael Bracewell gave identical figures of three for 15. Ish Sodhi made it seven wickets to turn when he removed Rovman Powell for 21.
They had lost all 10 wickets to run on Sunday – a first in the entire history of T20 International cricket – in the last game of the five-game series against India in Florida.
With 87 to nine left at the start of the 17th, the West Indies were on the brink of defeat by an even greater margin.
However, Obed McCoy, top scorer with an unbeaten 23, and Hayden Walsh were featured in an unbroken last-wicket score of 38, a record for the team in T20Is.
McCoy was also the most successful bowler with figures of three for 40 amid the carnage when New Zealand batted.
“We would have preferred to play against two specialized spinners, but Akeal Hosein is getting some rest, so that was a disappointment,” said beleaguered West Indian captain Nicholas Pooran.
“These are the times when we have to stick together as a group. It’s not easy for the boys.”
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