So that is it from this game! Another series lost for the Windies. They have lost 7 out of the 8 games played in this tour. They still have time now to regroup and get themselves ready for the World Cup Qualifiers. New Zealand on the other hand, look a very strong unit, especially at home. They will be focused and rearing to go against a Pakistan side which has also impressed one and many in the limited over format. It will be one cracking contest and the first ODI will be played at Basin Reserve on the 6th January 1100 local (2200 GMT previous day). Till then, take care and good bye!
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says, it has been a fantastic series. Admits the Windies are one of the top sides in the shortest format and hence it was a commendable performance by his team. Credits their batting and their bowling for the way they played. Feels the players who came in played their role selflessly. Ends by saying they have to now turn their focus onto the Pakistan team as they too are a very good side.
Windies skipper, Carlos Brathwaite says, they have had a chat about what went wrong. Feels the Munro innings took the game away from them. Adds that they could easily have been 160-odd for 4 but wanted to make a statement and went for the win. Unfortunately, he believes that led to their undoing and hence lost early wickets in the process. Further says they had plans for Munro but some did work and some did not. Admits they did make a lot of mistakes while bowling to Munro and he capitalized on them. Appreciates New Zealand as a team and feels they are a strong unit.
Colin Munro who is also the Man of the Series, has been interviewed again. He says he has found the formula which works for him. Informs he has been in and out of the squad and now wants to be a permanent. Reckons it was always about watching the ball and he does that now. Thanks New Zealand for helping his family to come here and watch the game. Feels they have played some good cricket throughout the summer. Says they have a good group of cricketers and hopes it helps them in the next World Cup. On being asked whether he believes in superstition and luck, he initially is blank. Then Craig Cummins reminds him that he does not change the shirt for the next game if he has scored a big one in the previous one. Aha... suddenly Munro remembers and says that he does not believe in those things but likes to wear the same shirt as a reminder and a memento.
Man of the Match, Colin Munro says, he was fortunate to get a few out of the middle of the bat. Mentions the way he and Guptill played today was outstanding. Further adds he goes out there and tries to play his shots from the first ball. States he tries to be aggressive and play his natural game. Admits he was pretty confident as he was hitting the ball well throughout the series. Informs he has worked a lot on his technique since the time he has been moved up the order in the white ball format. Ends by saying he targeted the mid-wicket and the cover region where only timing was required for the ball to sail over the fence.
The New Zealand bowling on the other hand, was brilliant right from the start. Tim Southee was their tormentor-in-chief with a three-fer. He was well supported by the rest as everyone except Santner was amongst the wickets. Stay tuned for the presentation in a while.
Clinical, a very clinical performance by New Zealand to cleansweep the Windies. To be honest the thrashing from Munro in the first innings took the game away from the away side. Chasing 244 was always going to be an uphill task and they got off to the worst starts possible. They lost both their openers in the first over and then were never able to take off. Fletcher did score an entertaining 46 but it was never going to be enough.
Tim Southee to Samuel Badree
OUT! In the air...taken! That is it. Southee has taken the last wicket and he finishes with three. He bowls a slower one on middle, Badree is early into the shot and he balloons it towards Bruce at long on who runs in, settles himself under it and takes an easy catch. All smiles on the faces of the New Zealand player as THEY HAVE WON BY 119 RUNS, THEIR BIGGEST EVER T20I WIN!
Tim Southee to Ashley Nurse
Back of a length on off, defended towards covers for a run.
A length ball on off, Nurse lunges forward and defends it.
Tim Southee is back on.
Trent Boult to Samuel Badree
Yorker but outside off, Nurse jams it out.
Trent Boult to Ashley Nurse
Slower ball on off, Nurse waits for it and guides it down to third man for a run.
Back of a length, angling away from the batsman. Badree tries to defend but gets an outside edge down to third man for a run.
Short and outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
FOUR! STREAKY! Full and outside off, swinging back in. Nurse slips as he tries to drive and gets an inside edge in the process which goes agonizingly close to the leg pole and down to fine leg.
Length ball on off, Nurse pushes it towards mid off for no runs.
Ish Sodhi to Ashley Nurse
A single to end the over! Nurse will keep strike as he drives it down to long on.
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
Gives it air and bowls it full outside off, Nurse tries to drive it through covers but does not connect.