The BLACKCAPS have claimed a first up win in the KFC T20I series against the West Indies with a five wicket victory at Eden Park.
BLACKCAPS Skipper Tim Southee won the toss, opting to bowl first with the threat of rain imminent from the outset of play.
Lockie Ferguson starred with the ball for the home side, taking 5-21 - only the second BLACKCAP to claim a T20I five wicket bag. Meanwhile Kieron Pollard was at his brutal best with the bat, scoring a swashbuckling 75 off 37 balls.
New Zealand's victorious chase was headlined by Devon Conway's 41 batting at number three, Glenn Phillips' 22 off seven balls, then finished off in style by Jimmy Neesham (48) and Mitchell Santner (31).
A trip into the Twitterverse...
A toss win for Tim Southee in the first international of the season and we will bowl first in the opening match of the KFC T20 Series against @windiescricket at @edenparknz. Follow the match live in NZ on @sparknzsport, @TVNZ 1 and @MagicTalkRadio #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/fYIomuU9rf— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
Devon Conway will make his debut for New Zealand tonight at @edenparknz while Kyle Jamieson will make his BLACKCAPS T20 debut. Conway (cap 84) was presented his cap by Hamish Bennett. Jamieson (cap 85) was presented his cap by Lockie Ferguson. #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/Hirp2Ojmgf— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
Another rain interruption but Andre Fletcher has been on fire early for @windiescricket! Covers back off now. Head to @sparknzsport to follow play when we return | https://t.co/jRVPglfns1 #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/CF1hM9JlN3— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
What a start for Lockie Ferguson! Two in the over including this beauty to take the first wicket of the summer 🔥. Head to @sparknzsport to follow play LIVE | https://t.co/92uf6FAg8n #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/xUzDELTLbm— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
10 overs up at @edenparknz and the covers roll back out. @windiescricket 96-5 as the rain comes down in Auckland. Lockie Ferguson on fire with the ball for New Zealand with 3-8 so far off 3 overs. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/nmoISKJLui #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/W4ItIpMVwg— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
You can’t be too mad at a rain delay if you’re chatting to @ish_sodhi 😀— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
COVERS coming off, PLAYER movement in the dugout ☔️
Confident of a restart sooner rather than later 🏏
Head to @sparknzsport for coverage | https://t.co/Ys0K2MRKtM #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/tBn1vyOLK5
Ferguson has FIVE! Just the second player to do it for the BLACKCAPS in T20I cricket (Tim Southee the other). @windiescricket 146/7 in the 14 over. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/nmoISKJLui #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/UpTvpsvVmZ— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
Skipper @KieronPollard55 leading the charge for @windiescricket! 75 his highest T20 score. West Indies post 180/7 in 16 overs. Head to @sparknzsport— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
to follow the chase LIVE | https://t.co/92uf6FAg8n #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/QHrTI44BlH
First boundary in international cricket for Devon Conway! In early with Tim Seifert. Chasing 177 to win at @edenparknz. Follow LIVE on @sparknzsport | https://t.co/jRVPglfns1 #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/cfmRqcft5m— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
Halfway into the chase. 83/4 Conway 26* Neesham 9* 93 runs needed from 48 balls at @edenparknz. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/nmoISKJLui LIVE on @sparknzsport | https://t.co/jRVPglfns1 #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/DBvZAFIVhn— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
OUCH! BLACKCAPS Physio Tommy Simsek confirmed Glenn Phillips’ right knee ‘popped out’ before ‘popping back in’ while playing a shot during his innings. Should be ok for rest of the @kfcnz T20I series 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
➡️ LIVE SCORING | https://t.co/ZWjxHWysis#NZvWI #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/Sp6D9boj8l
Devon Conway's superb debut innings comes to an end on 41 off 29 balls, picking out short third-man 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
Santner joins Neesham at the crease, 29 off 18 balls required 😬
WATCH the thrilling finish on @sparknzsport VISIT https://t.co/Ys0K2N9lSm 🖥#NZvWI #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/aZ3uDQcT0V
Santner the finisher! Closes the 1st KFC T20 with a six off Pollard. Santner perfectly compliments @JimmyNeesh's innings of 48* (his highest T20I score for NZ). Santner finishes 31* to help the team home by 5 wickets. Scorecard | https://t.co/nmoISKJLui #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/gLe2awkpUq— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 27, 2020
💥 Lockie Ferguson: 5/21— ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2020
💥 Jimmy Neesham: 48* off 24 balls
💥 Devon Conway: 41 off 29 balls
💥 Mitchell Santner: 31* with three sixes
All-round contributions give the @BLACKCAPS a 1-0 lead in the T20I series against West Indies.#NZvWI 1st T20I report 👇
Team @BLACKCAPS take the win!— Magic Talk (@MagicTalkRadio) November 27, 2020
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41 - Only two @BLACKCAPS players have had a higher score when making their men's T20I debut in New Zealand than Devon Conway's 41 this evening (Scott Styris - 66 v Australia, 17 Feb 2005 in Auckland & Lou Vincent - 42 v West Indies, 16 Feb 2006 in Auckland). Impression.#NZvWI https://t.co/7SY9qxDjup— OptaJason (@OptaJason) November 27, 2020