New Zealand greeted worldwide cricket again within the nation with an exciting five-wicket victory within the first Twenty20 towards West Indies on Friday.
Kieron Pollard’s blistering 75 not out powered West Indies to a commanding 180 for 7 within the Auckland contest which was decreased to 16-overs-a-side following rain interruptions.
New Zealand’s prime order allow them to down, however, Jimmy Neesham solid essential partnerships with debutant Devon Conway and Mitchell Santner to seal victory with 4 balls to spare.
This was the primary worldwide match in New Zealand because the Christchurch Test towards India that ended on Mar 2. “It was a really unusual sport however good to return out the best facet,” mentioned dwelling captain Tim Southee, main the facet in absence of Kane Williamson.
The primary 5 overs of the match contained loads of the drama, together with a few rain interruptions.
Put into bat, West Indies plundered 55 runs off the primary three overs earlier than the host staged an outstanding comeback.
Lockie Ferguson’s (5 for 21) double strikes triggered a spectacular collapse as West Indies slumped from 58 for no loss to 59 for five within the area of 12 deliveries.
Pollard not solely arrested the slide but additionally launched a blistering counter-attack, smashing eight sixes in his 37-ball blitz.
New Zealand’s prime order wilted early, however, Neesham, who remained not out on 48, partnered Conway to revive their chase earlier than pulling it off infirm of Santner (31 not out).
“I hope the group loved it,” Pollard mentioned.
“It was a topsy-turvy sport. A little of indiscipline confirmed for us, within the bowling, and shedding 5 wickets in that area of time within the batting too.”
The groups now transfer to Mount Maunganui for the final two Twenty20 matches, to be performed on Sunday and Monday, earlier than a two-Test collection between them.