New Zealand defeated the West Indies by 12 runs on the Duckworth Lewis (D/L) method to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Twenty20 series in Dominica, yesterday. Rain reduced the match to an 18-overs a-side rubber at Windsor Park with the home team recovering a precarious position of ten for two wickets in the third over to post 132 for eight thanks to a 39-ball 52 from Andre Fletcher.
New Zealand were 117 for four off 15 overs when the umpires finally decided that rain and poor light had made conditions unfit to continue. The visitors were 12 runs ahead of the D/L equation at that stage after Brendon McCullum lashed 40 off 35 balls and Ross Taylor hit 28 off 20. Darren Sammy was the best bowler for the home team, grabbing three for 22 from three overs.
The New Zealand new-ball attack backed Brendon McCullum’s decision to bowl, striking in successive overs to reduce West Indies to ten for two. Lendl Simmons was lbw to one from Trent Boult and Tim Southee accounted for Dwayne Smith. Darren Bravo and Andre Fletcher had just come together when rain forced the players off for 90 minutes.
West Indies enjoyed their best period of the game immediately after the resumption with Fletcher and Bravo sharing an 88-run stand to take the score to 98 in the 13th over before the home team lost six wickets in the next six overs and scored only 34 runs.
Bravo top-edged a short ball from Corey Anderson to the keeper to end the 88-run stand for the third wicket, and Ish Sodhi picked up his maiden wicket when removed Fletcher.
New Zealand lost Jimmy Neesham in the second over but were never really in any trouble with McCullum and Taylor ensuring they stayed on course for the win. The second game in the two-match series bowls off today at 2 p.m. at the same venue.