Brooks, King fifties give West Indies convincing consolation victory

West Indies 150 for two (Brooks 56*, King 53) beat New Zealand 145 for 7 (Phillips 41, Smith 3-29)

Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks shared a 102-run opening partnership as West Indies struck a successful method finally, beating New Zealand by eight wickets within the third T20I on Sunday to forestall a sweep of the three-match collection.

After making the daring determination to relaxation captain Nicholas Pooran, the hosts additionally performed a couple of spinner for the primary time within the collection and their bowlers flourished on a sluggish pitch at Sabina Park.

New Zealand made solely 145 for 7 after successful the toss, falling nicely in need of its 185 for five within the first match and 215 for five within the second.

West Indies reached their goal with an over to spare, as stand-in captain Rovman Powell hit Jimmy Neesham for six to clinch the win and go away the collection 2-1 in New Zealand’s favor.

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, taking part in for the primary time within the collection, took 2 for 28 whereas allrounder Odean Smith took a career-best 3 for 29.

King, who missed the primary two matches of the collection with damage, offered impetus for the run chase by taking 53 runs from 35 balls. Brooks carried his bat all through the innings, ending on 56 whereas Powell hurried the top by putting 27 from 15 balls.

“It was very particular having the ability to do that at residence in entrance of all people,” King stated. “The help is unimaginable, my household is right here and I am glad to have the ability to ship. I feel consistency is the important thing. If you’re a gap batsman you attempt to give your group a great begin.

“As we speak credit score needs to be given to the bowlers. They did a wonderful job for us and made my job that a lot simpler.”

New Zealand failed to copy its performances of the primary two victories when it made sturdy begins and constructed partnerships round Kane Williamson who made 47 within the first match and Glenn Phillips who made 76 within the second.

On Sunday, Hosein got here on in solely the third over and instantly knocked over Martin Guptill to depart New Zealand 18 for 1.

Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner and Williamson all made begins however struggled to impart momentum to the innings. That job fell once more to Phillips who made 41 from 26 balls and was Participant of the Sequence.

Phillips wanted to bat via however was out at a essential stage when New Zealand was 125 for five within the seventeenth over. New Zealand made large finishes within the first two matches, placing on 64 within the final 5 overs of the primary two matches however managing solely 39 within the final 5 overs this time.

West Indies innings stood in full distinction with the opening partnership between King and Brooks occupying 13.1 overs and making the consequence a foregone conclusion. King reached his half century from 30 balls and Brooks hung round to anchor the innings, posting his 50 from 52 deliveries.

“The West Indies tailored to the circumstances properly,” Williamson stated. “With the bat we felt if we might get one other 15 or so we might get a little bit of momentum however they have been in a position to take wickets all through an execute their plans superbly.

“They did the identical factor with the bat and we could not open up an finish with the ball. We knew that with 140 issues must go nicely for us with the ball and so they outplayed us at the moment.”

The groups meet within the first of three ODIs on Wednesday.

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