Glenn Philips and Devon Conway shared a 184-run stand for the third-wicket as the hosts pile up 238 runs. In reply, West Indies only managed to score 166 and losing the second of the three-match T20I series. Philips was the hero as he scored his first T20I century scoring 108 runs off just 51 balls to make easy work for the New Zealand bowlers.
The second T20I match between New Zealand and West Indies was held at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. West Indies winning the toss and choosing to field first and soon realized they had made the wrong decision. Glenn Philips and Devon Conway made tough outing for the West Indies bowlers as all the bowlers were hammered heavily in a 14 sixes innings. New Zealand won the match by 72 runs comfortably.
New Zealand innings – Philips-Conway stand of 184 runs
Putting into bat by West Indies, the host made a decent start. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert breezed past the opening bowlers. Scoring boundaries and a couple of sixes, the pair scored 49 runs for the opening wicket before getting the blow from Oshane Thomas in the form of Seifert. He departed for 18 runs.
Guptill was holed out to Fabian Allen four balls later restricting the score to 53 for 2.
Out came Devon Conway and Glenn Philips. And there was no looking back. The pair combined at the 7th over and stayed at the crease till the 20th over.
Coming at the crease at 53-2 and stayed at the crease till 237-3. A partnership of 184-runs, the highest-run stand for New Zealand for any wicket and highest-run stand by a non-opening pair.
Both the batsmen scored but it was Philips who went pass Conway. Scored his first century at the international level, Philips ended his innings at 108 runs off just 51 balls. It was the fastest T20I century by a New Zealand batsman, off 46 balls, which was one ball faster than Colin Munro who brought up his century of 47 balls two years earlier in 2018 incidentally against at the same opposition and at the same venue.
Philips was out on the penultimate delivery of the innings. His innings included 10 fours and 88 sixes, meaning out of 108 runs he scored 88 runs in boundaries. Conway remained not out on 65 runs off 37 balls that included four 4s and four 6s. The pair scored 154 runs in the last 10 overs, which is the third-highest in T20Is.
All the bowlers were hammered brutally and returned with the economy rate of more than 9. Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, and Kieron Pollard picked up one wicket each.
West Indies innings – Bowlers made it 2-nil for NZ
Chasing 239 in T20s is no joke. The innings had to start well. Andre Fletcher collected 10 runs from Tim Southee’s first over. Then came Kyle Jamieson and bang, its timber. Brandon King bowled first ball denting the chase.
The innings was never got off to a start as wickets continued to tumbled regularly. At the 10-over mark, the score was 74-4. It means, West Indies required 165 runs from the final 10 to keep the series alive, which never happened.
All the hopes were on the captain Kieron Pollard. At one point he bludgeoned Mitchel Santner for three straight sixes in the 13th over, but the next ball, going for the fourth six, Pollard was caught at long on by Southee. And with that, all the hopes were ended.
The innings ended on 166 runs and before that we had some lusty blows from Keemo Paul who smashed three sixes.
All bowlers were among wicket-takers with Kyle Jamieson returned with the best figures of 2/15 in his four overs.
There was only one deserving man of the match, Glenn Philips for his 108 off 51 balls.
Man of the Match: Glenn Philips
Result: New Zealand win by 72 runs
Series: New Zealand lead the three-match T20I series 2-0