Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway power New Zealand to series win over West Indies

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Nov 29, 6:17 AM

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New Zealand won the second T20I of the three-match series and secured an unassailable lead over the touring West Indies side in Mount Maunganui. Chasing a mountain of a target, 239, West Indies batsman failed to go big and none of them could produce individual brilliant performances that could have won their team the game as the Kieron Pollard-led side fell well short of the target. 

 

Kiwis' win by 66 runs was achieved on the back of some outrageous hitting, especially, by the young duo of Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips. These two stitched together a marathon partnership of 184 runs that powered New Zealand to a score Windies needed some magic to chase.

 

Earlier in the day, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and asked New Zealand to bat first. Opening pair of Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert provided Kiwis with a strong start before they were separated in the last over of the power play. Seifert was the first one to go and was quickly followed by Guptill in the very next over. This brought the pair of Conway and Phillips together at the crease. None of the Windies' bowlers could have any impact on the match as all of them conceded runs in excess of 9 runs per over and the Kiwis took all of them to the cleaners.

 

In their effort to chase down 239, Windies were off to a horrible start as Kyle Jamieson nipped one through to beat Brendon Kings' defence and shatter his stumps. The matter turned from bad to worse as Shimron Hetmyer was caught short of the crease by a throw from Glenn Phillips who could do no wrong on the day where he notched up the fastest T20I century by a New Zealander.


 


Kiwi bowlers kept chipping away with the wickets and when Nicholas Pooran and Windies captain Kieron Pollard were dismissed in the 10th and 13th over respectively, it was curtains for the tourist in Mount Maunganui. 

 

New Zealand captain Tim Southee spoke highly of Glenn Phillips. The skipper said that Phillips has always been a player with the x-factor and has done well in the Caribbean Premier League against many of the players in the West Indies lineup. Southee will now miss the remainder of the T20 series and will prepare for the Test matches that will follow. Mitchell Santner will take the mettle of leadership from him in the final game of the series.

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