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After a tight 13-round victory over the West Indies in the first T20I, the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said it was a pleasure to contribute to the team’s victory. The solid shots of captain Kane Williamson and the hitter through the goal Devon Conway and brilliant bowling by Mitchell Santner helped New Zealand to a 13-match win over the West Indies in the first T20I of a series of three at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Wednesday.
“Very happy to have won. The performance was amazing. We know that this West Indies team is capable of creating incredible things, so pushing the limit is a good feeling. It is about playing for the team, it feels great that those little contributions helped keep the score going.The power is always in the West Indies team, so it’s about keeping calm and making plans, “Williamson said in a post-match presentation.
With this victory, New Zealand led 1-0 in the series.
In the first innings, New Zealand had a 185/5 lead across the board in their 20 passes. Kane Williamson (47 of 33 balls), Devon Conway (43 of 29 balls) and all-rounder James Neesham (33 * out of 15 balls) made some valuable contributions to Kiwi. Except for the period of 62 times standing between the opening goals Martin Guptil (16) and Conway, Kiwis were unable to establish a major partnership.
Chasing 186 runs, the West Indies lost points steadily and at one point was 5/79. Shamarh Brooks (42) is the top scorer for the Windies. When Windies 7/114, Romario Shepherd (31*) and Odean Smith (27*) joined forces to win 58 runs. They tried to get their team over the finish line but failed with 13 runs.
Santner received the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his performance with the ball.
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