KINGSTON, JAMAICA: New Zealand pulverized a demoralized West Indies by 90 points in the second T20 International at Sabina Park on Friday to win an unbeatable 2-0 in the three-game series.
In a one-sided encounter that amplified the rapid decline of both World T20 winners over the past 12 months, the black caps piled up 215 for five.
They then limited the home team to just 125 for nine in response to the Caribbean side losing a sixth in their last seven matches in the format.
Glen Phillips went 76 on 41 with six sixes and four fours underscored the Tourists’ dominant batting performance and earned him the man of the match award after captain Kane Williamson opted to take the first strike.
He received excellent support from Daryl Mitchell (48) in an 83-run fourth wicket while fly-half Devon Conway again made a useful contribution to reach 42.
“It was great to come back to Sabina Park and get a good score today,” Phillips said of his time playing at the venue for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.
“Thanks to the West Indies bowlers up front because they did a good job of getting the ball past, but we executed our overall plans better this time around.”
Needing the win to keep the series alive ahead of the final game at the same venue on Sunday, the West Indies collapsed to turn for the second time in six days.
Mitchell Santner and Michael Bracewell returned identical numbers of three for 15. Ish Sodhi ran seven wickets when he pulled off Rovman Powell for 21.
They had lost all 10 wickets to turn – a first in the history of T20 International cricket – in the final game of the five-game series against India in Florida last Sunday.
At 87 for nine at the start of the 17th ending, the West Indies are on the verge of defeat by an even wider margin.
However, Obed McCoy, top scorer with 23 unbeaten, and Hayden Walsh featured in an unbroken last wicket of 38, a team record in the T20Is.
McCoy was also the most successful bowler with figures of three for 40 amid the carnage when New Zealand struck.
“Ideally we would have liked to face two specialist spinners, but Akeal Hosein is rested so it was a setback,” said beleaguered West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran.
“These are the times when we have to stick together as a group. It’s not easy for the guys.”

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