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Fletcher helps Windies to victory

Andre Fletcher struck his second half-century in successive days as West Indies claimed a 39-run Twenty20 international victory over New Zealand to draw the series at 1-1.

The home side dominated with bat and ball at Dominica as they posted 165 for six before Sheldon Cottrell claimed 3-28 to force a Black Caps collapse.

New Zealand, who were bowled out for 126, secured a 12-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the opening game.

The second, though, will forever be remembered by a stunning piece of fielding from Trent Boult.

With Kieron Pollard’s swipe seemingly destined to clear the midwicket boundary, Boult claimed a stunning one-handed catch, threw it up as he stepped over the rope, and then dived full-length back onto the field to complete an amazing take.

Boult apart, it was Fletcher who stole the limelight in the Windies’ innings as he crunched three fours and as many sixes.

The opener was offered able support by opening partner Lendl Simmons, who hit 36 at just better than a run a ball.

Boult was the pick of the Black Caps’ bowlers, ending with figures of 2-22 from four fine overs.

New Zealand appeared on the right track as Kane Williamson struck 37 from the top of the order.

Yet they were unable to build upon his effort, with Cottrell and Sunil Narine taking control through the middle overs.

Their efforts proved decisive, too, as Darren Sammy’s men triumphed.

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