A sold-out Saxton Oval was treated to an action-packed afternoon of T20 cricket with the BLACKCAPS claiming a convincing 47-run victory over West Indies.
21-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman Glenn Phillips was the toast of Nelson after scoring a maiden half-century and claiming four dismissals, including an incredible diving catch to dismiss Chris Gayle.
The series now moves to Mount Maunganui for the final two T20s on the 1st and 3rd of December.
The West Indies seized the early advantage after collecting the big wicket of Martin Guptill and initially tying down Phillips. At the other
Mitchell Santner (23* off 11) and Tim Southee entered the final over of the innings with the scoreboard looking a little light at 158-7. Kesrick Williams then had an over to forget as he delivered four no-balls and leaked 29 runs to see the momentum swing. It didn't swing back...
The picture tells the story! A top edge from dangerman Chris Gayle sent the young whippet-wicket-keeper Phillip flying after the ball over his head. An amazing diving catch to claim a huge wicket and set the crowd alight. Also one of Seth Rance's two maiden T20 wickets.
Rance claims the final wickets as West Indies bowled out for 140 for a 47 run victory in the opening T20 at a SOLD OUT Saxton Oval in Nelson.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 29, 2017
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Lovely afternoon at Saxton Oval in Nelson where the BLACKCAPS have control of the 1st T20. Southee's sturck twice in the 15th overs as the Windies fall to 101-7, chasing 188 to win. #nzvwi pic.twitter.com/nfeoyvOHDl— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 29, 2017
BLACKCAPS post 187-7 from their 20 overs thanks to 29 off the final over!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 29, 2017
Santner (23* off 11) & Southee (10* off 5) after earlier 50s from Munro and Phillips.
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