New Zealand lead the series 1-0 © Getty Images
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 © Getty Images

New Zealand were off to a flier in the second T20I against West Indies before rain played spoilsport. The contest was abandoned after 9 overs of cricket. Colin Munro‘s 23-ball 66 (including 11 fours and 3 sixes) sparked New Zealand’s innings, but West Indies came back following his dismissal. With the contest ruled out, the series decider will be played on January 3 ]at the same venue — Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.

Electing to bowl, West Indies got rid of Martin Guptill soon. Nonetheless, Munro was in a punishing mood. He smacked skipper Carlos Brathwaite and Kesrick Williams out of the park by hitting boundaries at will. Williams, joint second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is in 2017, commenced 2018 on a bad note.

Following Munro’s departure, New Zealand had a mini collapse. From 78 for 1 they slipped to 97 for 4. Brathwaite took a blinder at mid-wicket, flying to his right, to send off Tom Bruce off Ashley Nurse. Samuel Badree and Nurse put some lid on the scoring before weather had a role in the first international of the calendar year.

In other news

Munro equalled the likes of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, reaching fifty under 20 balls thrice. In addition, this was the fourth fastest T20I half-century.

Brief scores

New Zealand 102 for 4 in 9 overs (Colin Munro 66, Kane Williamson 17*; Samuel Badree 1 for 23, Ashley Nurse 1 for 13) vs West Indies. Match abandoned.