Windies Winless After 3rd T20
Windies Winless After 3rd T20, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
The West Indies came to a catastrophic end, as New Zealand put the final seal on their dominance of a tour that saw their visiting opponents unable to come up for air as they were faced by a reservoir of talent and tenacity too deep to find which way was up in time.
The Indomitable Guptill-Munro Partnership
"Uncontainable", "unstoppable" and "invincible" are perhaps the first set of words that would've come to the minds of the West Indies bowlers as they levelled their utmost best at the pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro throughout the first 11 overs of the match.
Irreparable damage had already been done when Rayad Emrit claimed his maiden T20 wicket at the demise of Guptill. A late response by Guptill to a full, wide delivery resulted in the ball being edged to wicketkeeper, Chadwick Walton, but only after Guptill and Munro had landed a solid partnership of 136 runs.
Munro Creates History With 3rd T20I Century
Munro's accomplishments did not stop there, however, as his ascension to 100 in the 16th over earned him a spot in the history books, as the first player to strike three international test centuries.
He would go on to claim a game-changing century, which served as a springboard from which New Zealand would be propelled into a mind-blowing end-of-innings score of 243 runs. Munro survived the loss of both Anaru Kitchen and Tom Bruce, carrying his team on his back all the way to 226 runs; he only broke when he mistimed a drive in response to a delivery from Carlos Brathwaite, opening up for the catch from Shimron Hetmeyer in the 19th over.
Tom Phillips and Mitchell Santner put a perfect seal to an incredible innings, with a six to each man's name, before the final ball had been bowled.
Walton Goes for a Golden Duck
The Windies batsmen were perhaps shaking in their pads a bit as they prepared to initiate a response to the awe-inspiring display put on by their opponents.
Noone could have reflected that sense of trepidation than Chadwick Walton, who went for a golden duck after Tim Southee offered a swinging delivery that was met with a fair but relatively weak drive by Walton, who found Munro at cover point for the extra stroke to New Zealand's ego that they had not begged for.
If Walton's first-ball surrender had not been enough, the theme of "fast-sinking ship" started to become more pronounced, as the man on whom most hope usually rests, Chris Gayle, also bowed out without scoring, still within the first over.
Andre Fletcher did his best to save some face with a stoic score of 46 runs, having managed to squeeze a number of those out of the typically impenetrable Southee, who seemed to experience a loose spell in the early stages of the innings. Rovman Powell also lent his hand to the effort, accumulating as much as 16 runs before being caught by Kane Williamson at cover in the 4th over.
West Indies Never Had a Chance
Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse and Jerome Taylor found themselves in the "teens", but could not do enough to come within even a hair's length of the massive total put up by New Zealand.
The fight was perhaps decided from the start, as misfields and an inability to contain New Zealand's powerful hitters, set the West Indies a hard act to follow. When they had their turn with the bat, they were fought from another angle, as they found themselves unable to repel the consistent terror that is Tim Southee, who—unfortunately for the West Indies—does not stand alone as an ever-imposing threat, as an impressive cadre of bowlers presents itself in the forms of Trent Boult, newcomer Anaru Kitchen, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi.
The West Indies will continue to find themselves "on the ropes" in the face of such a well-balanced team, as they continue to feel the effects of having a team weakened by the absences of star players, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels due to injury. Time will perhaps be the crucial factor that decides the fate of the West Indies going forward, as they look ahead to their next T20 encounter, with Pakistan, scheduled for March 29.