Wellington - New Zealand inflicted a further defeat on the West Indies in their
second Twenty20 international Wednesday to bring a dismal end to the
visiting team's tour.
The four-wicket win gave New Zealand the
Twenty20 series 2-0 to go with their 2-0 win in the Tests. The one-day
internationals were shared 2-2, the West Indies' only success on their
After New Zealand won the first Twenty20 by 81
runs, they were struggling at 79-5 in the second match before a 68-run
partnership between Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi turned the innings
Taylor played the anchor role with 39 off 41 balls while
Ronchi belted an unbeaten 51 off 28 deliveries in an innings that
included four fours and two sixes.
The pair were particularly
harsh on West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo in the 15th over when they
took 17 runs to reduce the target from 54 off 36 balls to a more
manageable 37 off 30.
They then took 15 off the 17th over by
Jason Holder and although Taylor gave his wicket away with a mistimed
slog-sweep to Chadwick Walton at deep midwicket New Zealand were then in
a position to coast to victory.
The outcome could have been different had the West Indies been more alert with their fielding.
Jesse Ryder was dropped twice as he raced to a quick 23 in nine balls, and Brendon McCullum received a life on his way to 17.
But the biggest bungle was missing two chances to remove man of the match Ronchi on the first ball he faced.
Russell dropped a caught and bowled opportunity and when Ronchi
scampered through for a quick single Tino Best was astray with his run
out throw at the stumps.
The West Indies, who won the toss and
elected to bat first, appeared to have lost their way when reduced to
67-4 in the 11th over before Denesh Ramdin and Andre Taylor breathed
life into their innings.
They put on 70 for the fifth wicket
which ended when Fletcher (40) opted to sacrifice himself after he and
Ramdin ended up at the same end in a running mix up.
carried on through to the end to be unbeaten on 55 off 31 balls in an
innings which included three sixes and three fours.
New Zealand next host India starting with the first of five one-day internationals next Sunday to be followed by two Tests.