1st Twenty20 International

West Indies v New Zealand, 2012

Tony Cozier

At Lauderhill, June 30, 2012. West Indies won by 56 runs. Toss: New Zealand.

New Zealand, rusty in all departments in their first fixture for three months, lost not only the match but also their captain Ross Taylor (temporarily) and the left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira (for the rest of the tour). Taylor fell heavily on his left shoulder when he missed a swirling catch off Pollard and, after cutting two fours in the run-chase, winced and retired hurt. Gayle was inadvertently responsible for two other injuries: Hira dislocated a finger trying to intercept a ferocious straight blow; Oram strained his left knee attempting to prevent the second of Gayle's seven fours, and had trouble running in to bowl or between the wickets. Gayle and Pollard, who hit five sixes each, blazed 108 off the last seven overs as West Indies clocked up their highest total in Twenty20 internationals. New Zealand were never in contention against Narine's befuddling spin and sharp fielding that produced two direct-hit run-outs in the same over.

Man of the Match: C.H.Gayle.

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