New Zealand Beat West Indies by 12 Runs in Rain-Hit First Twenty20

Brendon McCullum (40 off 35 balls) and Ross Taylor (28 off 20 balls) anchored New Zealand in their chase of 133 vs West Indies in a rain-hit game.

Updated: July 06, 2014 04:52 IST
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New Zealand defeated the West Indies by 12 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in the first Twenty20 international at Windsor Park on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Replying to the home side's total of 132 for eight off 18 overs in the rain-affected match, the tourists were ahead of the required rate at 117 for five off 15 overs when persistent rain and fading light forced the umpires to call a halt to the match.

The final match is scheduled for Sunday at the same venue.

Brendon McCullum spearheaded the run-chase for the Black Caps, the captain underlining his reputation as one of the most prolific scorers in the shortest form of the international game with an innings of 40 off 35 balls

His knock, and the support of Ross Taylor (28 not out), overshadowed the pulverizing innings of 52 off 39 balls by Andre Fletcher that paced the West Indies to what seemed a competitive total after they were in early trouble at 10 for two.

Fletcher and Darren Bravo (30) put on 88 for the third wicket, but the excellent bowling of seamer Tim Southee (2 for 20) restricted the home side in the critical final overs of the innings.

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