Sunil shines in Florida
A superb bowling performance from Sunil Narine capped a tremendous all-round display from West Indies as they blew away New Zealand by 61 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Florida, completing a 2-0 series win.
Narine took 4-12, including two wickets with consecutive deliveries, to turn the game in the Windies’ favour and leave the Black Caps’ hopes of chasing down 178 in tatters.
Chris Gayle had earlier hammered 53 before a late blast from Dwayne Bravo pushed West Indies’ total up to 177 for five, which proved more than enough and New Zealand were all out in the 19th over.
Gayle was man of the match in the opener for an unbeaten 85 and was just as destructive today after a cautious start.
West Indies got off to a flyer after winning the toss, but it was not Gayle who initially came to the fore. Kyle Mills conceded 14 off his first over, with Dwayne Smith striking two sixes in three balls.
Smith was dismissed in the next over when he skied a return catch to Doug Bracewell, who then saw his next two deliveries hammered for successive fours by Johnson Charles.
At the other end, Gayle saw out a maiden off Mills’ second over before exploding into action in the eighth, hammering Bracewell for a six and a four.
Just as it looked like the Windies were starting to control proceedings, Charles departed for 36 by paddling a short Rob Nicol ball to Tim Southee at fine-leg.
Gayle continued unabashed, thumping two successive sixes and a four off the under-fire Bracewell to bring up his half-century.
The left-hander did not last much longer and was bowled by Nathan McCullum, who also had Lendl Simmons caught at backward square-leg for 18 four balls later.
Bravo hammered his first ball for six over long-off and clubbed another three maximums and a four to register 35 not out off just 11 balls.
Martin Guptill helped the Black Caps make a promising start, striking two fours and a six, but he holed out to Fidel Edwards at deep cover to give Narine his first success.
Fellow opener Nicol perished off the next ball, stumped after being dragged out of his crease, and New Zealand’s challenge never recovered.
Kane Williamson and Southee departed cheaply before Dean Brownlie was bowled by Narine, attempting to push through the covers.
Daniel Flynn struck two sixes in a rare highlight for Williamson’s side but on 22 he miscued to Gayle at point off Marlon Samuels, who then bowled Tom Latham in his next over.
Narine had his fourth wicket when Andrew Ellis skied high down the ground and was caught by Bravo, who took the final two wickets to seal an emphatic victory.