Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rain scuppers Windies hopes*

2nd T20 aborted; Black Caps lead series 1-0 with one match left


Any hopes West Indies entertained of rebounding to win their three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand were dashed when rain wiped out the second match on New Year's Day. The adverse weather, which had forced a 20-minute delayed start, returned after nine overs with New Zealand on 102-4, ending play prematurely in the contest at Bay Oval.

With the disappointment, the Windies will now head into the final game tomorrow at the same venue needing a win in order to avoid another series defeat. They trail 0-1 following a 47-run defeat in the opener in Nelson last Friday.

In the play possible before the rains arrived, opener Colin Munro stole show with a pulsating 66 of 23 deliveries, following up his 53 in the first game. The 30-year-old left-hander smashed 11 fours and three sixes, an innings which put the visitors under pressure early after they won the toss and opted to field first.


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