Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

T20 worldwide at Bay Oval rained off

T20 worldwide at Bay Oval rained off

He took just 18 balls, making it was the second fastest T20 half-century by a Black Caps batsman, behind his own 14-ball effort against Sri Lanka in Auckland in January 2016.

After a 20-minute rain delay at the start, only nine overs were possible before the rain returned and the umpires took the players from the field with New Zealand 102 for 4. The play was eventually abandoned at 10 p.m.

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New Zealand batsman Colin Munro provided some fireworks of his own to start 2018 as he smashed a 23-ball 66 against the West Indies, but it all went in vain as the first global match of the year was washed out.

Ultimately, Munro scored 66 off 23 balls, which included 11 boundaries and three sixes, before he was dismissed by Kesrick Williams.

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The three-match series will be decided at the same venue on Wednesday night.

The tourists also bowled first in the first Twenty20 which New Zealand won by 47 runs. West Indies have won the toss and made a decision to field. Ross Taylor was left out of the playing XI.

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Wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips, in only his fourth one-day global for New Zealand, made 56, took three catches and had two stumpings in a man-of-the-match performance which was hugely influential in New Zealand's victory.

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