New Zealand won the first T20I comprehensively © Getty Images
New Zealand won the first T20I comprehensively © Getty Images

New Zealand defeated West Indies in the first of the three T20Is by 47 runs, and have taken a 1-0 lead. By virtue of another defeat, West Indies remain win-less in their present tour. In the post-match conference, both captains — Carlos Brathwaite and Tim Southee — spoke about how ‘one over’ changed the momentum and led to the outcome of the match. It is often seen that one expensive, or dry, over changes the script emphatically in the shortest format, and same was the case in New Zealand’s innings. Kerserk Williams — the culprit — conceded 25 runs, including three no-balls.

“For the first 19 overs we bowled as good as we did. But it happens. (Kesrick) Williams has been the best bowler in the world this calendar year and he just went awry. It wasn’t even a bad day, just one bad over and that gave them some momentum going into our innings and we never really got that big over. But credit to them (New Zealand). Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition. They bowled with discipline and they fielded really well,” said Brathwaite.

Brathwaite’s counterpart, Southee revealed…

“We struggled early on with the bat but the guys hung in there and were able to finish really strongly and then the way we fielded and bowled was exceptional. West Indies bowled well throughout and we scrapped our way to a reasonable total and then put the icing on the top with that last over,” concluded Southee.

Batting first, New Zealand struggled before Colin Munro (53) and Glenn Phillips (56) provided the much-needed spark. As a result, they posted 187 for 7. In reply, West Indies were 19 for 2 courtesy Seth Rance’s consecutive strikes. They never recovered and folded for 14o in 19 overs.

Rance returned with figures of 3 for 30. Southee, on the other hand, attained 3 for 36.

The second T20I will be played at Mount Maunganui on January 1.