WI 248/9 (50.0 Ovs)
NZ 249/5 (46.0 Ovs)
New Zealand won by 5 wkts
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Kane Williamson: A pretty good performance. There are a few things to look at but overall, a good surface. The way we bowled was really good to see. It was a slightly tricky surface but the boys did well and good vital partnerships. Both of those guys, particularly Doug has played for a few years and it’s good to have him back. George has been doing well in the domestic circuit and he’s showing his wares now. Todd Astle was brilliant as well. Christchurch should a bit different and it’s important for us to adapt. Couple of days to relax I suppose. Will be tough to watch the boys on TV.
Jason Holder: It’s disappointing. We should have got more runs on the board but we kept losing wickets at regular intervals. We got to be better in the middle overs, we tend to get bogged down a lot. Losing wickets at crucial stages doesn’t help. It has hampered us. Hopefully, we can improve at Christchurch.
Doug Bracewell (Man of the Match): It was a nice start. Was nice to get Chris off the first ball. (On his road back from injury) Really good to be back and be among the wickets. It’s been a tough ride back but I’ve done a lot of hard work with the rehab and all. It’s been a bit niggly still but I’m toiling. Good to be back in the mix and among this bunch of guys.
The Windies only have themselves to blame though. Their batsmen except Lewis and Powell failed to show the stomach for a fight. The former was a tad unlucky to be given out LBW but surely, some of the others could have also put their hands up. It was a good toss to win for New Zealand as the surface was a bit sluggish for a major part of the first innings but gradually started to ease out. The pitch was at its best in the second half and the ball came onto the bat nicely. Perhaps if the Windies had another 30-40 runs more, they could have made things interesting. It wasn’t to be though.
Nz Innings :