Santner and Neesham play decisive roles as New Zealand open with 13-run victory

New Zealand 185 for five (Williamson 47, Conway 43, Smith 3-32) beat West Indies 172 for 7 (Brooks 42, Santner 3-19) by 13 runs

A strong innings of 47 by returning captain Kane Williamson and a dashing 33 from 15 balls by Jimmy Neesham propelled New Zealand to a 13-run win over the West Indies within the first of three T20Is in Jamaica.

Neesham struck three fours from the final three balls and 23 runs from the final over of the innings as New Zealand made 185 for five after being despatched in to bat at Sabina Park. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner took 3 for 19 as New Zealand restricted the West Indies to 172 for 7.

“There was lots of spin which was an enormous shock,” stated Santner, who was voted participant of the match. “I feel the lengths are key in opposition to these guys. They will hit you fairly far, so again of a size labored at this time and as a unit we have been in a position to decide up wickets which was fairly key.”

New Zealand’s innings had two components, separated by a prolonged rain break. Openers Martin Guptill and Devon Conway gave the vacationers a robust begin, placing on 62 for the primary wicket. However the pair fell to consecutive deliveries from Odean Smith, who went on to take career-best T20I figures of three for 32.

Guptill fell to a superb one-handed catch by Shimron Hetmyer, who was backed up in opposition to the boundary at deep level, whereas Conway’s innings of 43 from 29 ended when he top-edged a catch to wicketkeeper Devon Thomas.

The rain got here within the twelfth over with New Zealand on 95 for two and Williamson on the crease with Glenn Phillips. Gamers have been off the sector for nearly two hours and when play resumed New Zealand instantly misplaced Phillips for 17.

The New Zealand innings briefly misplaced momentum however Williamson re-established the impetus of the innings by taking 33 runs from his subsequent 18 deliveries. He lastly was out to a different sensible catch on the boundary, this time from Hayden Walsh who dashed from midwicket to pocket a snug catch at pace.

Neesham struck a six from the second ball of an over by which he additionally was dropped by Romario Shepherd from the bowling of Jason Holder. West Indies paid the worth with Neesham’s three fours from the final three balls.

“We need to get higher as a gaggle however in saying that I used to be pleased with the performances,” West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran stated. “Santner bowled very properly and Ish [Sodhi] received away with a number of. Scores above 175-180 are tough for us. Sadly shedding is contagious and we’re a shedding aspect in the mean time.”

Shamarh Brooks anchored the highest of the West Indies innings with 42 at virtually a run a ball. However there was an absence of constant momentum afterward. Pooran with 15 from eight balls, Holder with 25 from 19 and Rovman Powell with 18 from 12 all threatened to take management of the sport however could not keep on.

Lastly, Shepherd and Odean Smith shared a 50 partnership from 23 balls for the eighth wicket to fan West Indies’ hopes. Shepherd struck an unbeaten 31 from 16 balls and Smith 27 from 12. However West Indies got here to the final over needing 26 runs and the duty proved an excessive amount of.

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