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New Zealand vs Windies, 1st T20I – New Zealand won by 47 runs

New Zealand vs Windies, 1st T20I - New Zealand won by 47 runs

NZ 187/7 (20.0 Ovs)
WI 140-all out (19.0 Ovs)
New Zealand won by 47 runs

PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Glenn Phillips

Southee: It was a pretty good effort. The guys hung in there and finished it well. Then the bowling and fielding was excellent. The last over gave us the momentum going into field. That’s the beauty of bowling second, we knew what to bowl on the surface. It was brilliant on how they (Rance and Kitchen) started. Glenn contributed with the bat and Rance to come in and pick two wickets, brilliant. I enjoyed it (the captaincy). Takes your mind of what you need to do.
Brathwaite: We had good momentum going into the last over. But that got away. Credit to them. They got the momentum from there and carried it into the field. It (bowling) is still our strong suit, but it happens. He (Williams) is the best bowler in the death. We have a lot to improve on. 20 runs in one over in a T20 game is massive, even 5 runs can change a game. Unfortunately, we could not get going with the bat. If we had given 10 runs less, we would have carried the momentum into our batting. It is not possible to change the skill set in two-three days. If I had held on to Munro early, that would have changed things. You have good days and bad days.
Glenn Phillips, Man of the Match: It was a little bit tough early on. The pitch was slow than what we expected. Credit to the Windies. Me and Munro went too hard but then reined ourselves in. When you are 6 off 12, it gets tough, but Munro told me to keep going. Honestly, I didn’t really know where it went and hoped that the fine leg fielder would take it, but once I saw the ball I went for it (taking about Gayle’s catch). We had a pretty complete performance, but you still have to go and critic yourself. I could have batted better in the first six. Batting at three is basically the same as opening.





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