Brooks, King fifties give West Indies convincing win

SUMMARY: New Zealand 145-7 from 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 41 from 26 balls (4x4s; 2x6s), Kane Williamson 24 from 27 balls (2x4s), Devon Conway 21 from 17 balls (1x4;1x6); Odean Smith 3-29 (4), Akeal Hosein 2-28 (4), Hayden Walsh Jr. 1-16 (2), Obed McCoy 1-19 (4) lost to West Indies 150-2 from 19 overs (Shamarh Brooks 56* from 59 balls (3x4s; 2x6s), Brandon King 53 from 35 balls (4x4s;3x6s), Rovman Powell 27* from 15 balls (2x4s;2x6s), Ish Sodhi 1-36 (4), Tim Southee 1-37 (4) by eight wickets

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Half-centuries from Sharmarh Brooks and Player-of-the-Match Brandon King helped the West Indies salvage a measure of pride after they defeated New Zealand by eight wickets with six balls to spare in the third and final T20 International at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday.

New Zealand took the series 2-1 after winning the first T20 international by 13 runs last Wednesday and humiliating the West Indies by 90 runs on Friday, which meant that Sunday’s match was a dead rubber with only pride at stake for the home side.

Set a target of 147, the West Indies cruised to 150-2 from 19 overs.

The victory was set up by an opening stand of 102 between Brooks, who was unbeaten on 56 and King who entertained the small crowd gathered with 53 from 35 balls, his first T20 international half-century on home soil and his fifth overall.

It was the first opening stand of 100 or more by the West Indies since January 2020 against Ireland.

King eventually got out in the 14th over attempting to pull Tim Southee over the square-leg boundary but was caught by Martin Guptill running in from deep.

Devon Thomas wasted an opportunity to get some runs under his belt when he was caught at deep midwicket by Glen Phillips for five to leave the West Indies 113-2 mid-way the 15th over.

Stand-in captain Rovman Powell ensured that there would be no jitters. He scored 27 not out including the match-winning six over the midwicket boundary from James Neesham’s final delivery.

Brandon King slams one away during his 35-ball 53•Aug 13, 2022•AFP/Getty Images

Powell and Brooks shared a 37-run partnership that took the home side to victory.

For the first time in the series, the bowlers and batsmen were on song.

Odean Smith took T20I career-best figures of 3-29, Dominic Drakes bowled tidily to finish with 1-19 and Akeal Hosein 2-28 to restrict New Zealand to 145-7, their lowest total of the series.

Phillips followed up his 76 from the second T20 international with a 26-ball 41 but New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals and were unable to put together any meaningful partnerships.

In fact, it was a 47-run fourth-wicket partnership between Kane Williamson (24) and Phillips that helped the tourists set a respectable total after struggling to 57-3 in the ninth over.

Devon Conway’s 21 was the only other score of note as the West Indies bowlers maintained a stranglehold throughout the 20 overs. (SportsMax) 

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