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Glen Phillips smashes ton as New Zealand beat West Indies to lead 2-0

By Bet Barter

November 30, 2020

NZ won the series as they beat West Indies again, leading the series by 2-0. Some spectacular performances from New Zealand’s batsman helped them edge past West Indies in the series. NZ posted a total of 238 runs on the board, to which WI replied, with a total of just 166 runs. With a comprehensive victory of 72 runs, New Zealand has clinched the T20I series.

After WI won the toss, they went on and bowled first. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert got the Kiwis off to a good start. Eventually, Fabian Allen and Oshane Thomas dismissed the openers for 34 and 18 runs respectively. Prior to their dismissal, Conway and Phillips started dismantling the West Indian bowlers.

Phillip’s 100 was the highlight of the show

Glen Phillips stole the show when he hit a century in just 46 balls. This is the fastest century hit by a New Zealand player in the T20I format. Smashing 4 fours and four sixes, Phillip’s batting performance was the highlight of the match. His partnership of 183 runs with Devon Conway helped NZ post a mammoth total of 238 runs on the board. None of the West Indian bowlers had an economy of under 9, showing how expensive they had been against the duo.

West Indies knew they needed a flying start to chase such a humongous total. However, things didn’t go their way. Kyle Jamieson dismissed Brandon King for a duck in the first ball of the second over. Fletcher was run out by Phillips for 20 runs. With both openers down and out, it was up to the middle order to take charge.

However, the New Zealand bowlers proved too hot to handle for the West Indian batsmen. Kyle Mayers and Nicholas Pooran failed to make an impact as they were eventually dismissed for just 29 and 7 respectively. Pollard stepped in and tried to put some runs on the board. However, Mitchell Santer had other plans. He caught the big fish as he dismissed Pollard for just 28 runs.

After that, the West Indian batting line-up started to collapse. With 5 wickets in the space of just 37 runs, New Zealand completely derailed the West Indies team. Kylie Jamieson was New Zealand's standout bowler, picking up 2 wickets with an economy of just 3.75. Ish Sodhi brought to replace Hamish Bennet, bowled a decent spell, with 1 wicket and an economy of 6.50. With the series done and dusted, WI will look to give it they're all in the final T20I match.

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