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1st T20I (N), Auckland, November 27, 2020, West Indies tour of New Zealand
(16/16 ov) 180/7
(15.2/16 ov, T:176) 179/5

New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining) (DLS method)

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"It was a very strange game but nice to come out the right side," Tim Southee says. "We had a word after taking that first wicket and we knew if we kept taking wickets, we would be in the game and the fight that Lockie showed was great. He came on when they had 50 off three overs. We needed something special and he produced it. Going off and on with the rain, it was a juggling act with choosing our best bowlers. It's much better for everyone to have a hit after a long layoff. Devon did very well with Neesham and then Santner in the end. Kyle had a good hit too. It's not easy when you've gone for a few with the ball then put that aside and bat the way he did, especially after losing wickets. Lots of sides fall over, but this side didn't. It's been a long time coming, we're fortunate to be back out here playing in front of the crowds and hope the fans enjoyed it"

"I hope the crowd enjoyed it. It was fantastic cricket. It was a topsy turvy game. A bit of indiscipline showed for us, in the bowling, and losing five wickets in that space of time in the batting too," Kieron Pollard says. "Having said that, we put a challenging total. International cricket, five-six no balls, high full tosses, that's not good. You have to hit the ball in the pitch, this one offered assistance. So we have to come back stronger, we have to be mentally tough. But all in all, I hope the crowd enjoyed it, they're coming back and it's great"

Lockie Ferguson is Man of the Match for his ripping five-for! He came on to bowl after West Indies had got 50 in three overs and tore through the side. "I know the boys started out okay. It's a crazy ground to play at. It just happens like that for bowlers. I put a lot of work in to make sure my body can bowl full on. I don't swing the ball, so pace is my thing. Very pleased with the result today. I thought the boys were switched on, the fielding was exceptional, very happy for the boys. Parnell, very vocal and passionate about that club and very happy to help them out [the Man of the Match gets to present 500 dollars to a cricket club of their choice from ANZ]"

11.16 pm It's well past bed time for some people in the crowd, but just the fact that there was one, and they were all treated to a game like this makes you feel like sport is healing. The world is healing.

Pollard will know a little bit about that. He healed West Indies' innings, which fell violently ill as it lurched from 58 for 0 to 59 for 5. The captain hit 75 off 37 balls and if that sounds like he just came in and went beserk, well, he didn't. He was cautious. He was precise. He was calculating. He was unstoppable.

But his bowlers let him down. Keemo Paul's no-balls. Kesrick Williams' half-volleys. T20s change on the back of a few balls. A few balls to get a batsman set. A few balls that change momentum. Those were the ones that gave New Zealand belief. And Neesham ran with it.

Pollard to Santner, SIX runs

it's all done! New Zealand have it. Santner gives them it with a six over deep midwicket. He was eyeing it. He knew Pollard would be taking pace off. He was deep in his crease, desperate to get under the ball, and got under it he did.

Pollard to Neesham, 1 run

slices a good length ball outside off to short third man

Pollard to close it out. He'll believe he can defend this.

end of over 1511 runs
NZ: 172/5CRR: 11.46 RRR: 5.00
Mitchell Santner25 (17b 2x6)
James Neesham47 (23b 5x4 3x6)
Sheldon Cottrell 4-0-30-1
Keemo Paul 3-0-39-0

New Zealand need four of six.

Cottrell to Santner, 2 runs

follows him with a shortish ball and Santner is able to pull it away to deep midwicket

Cottrell to Neesham, 1 run

dabs a back of a length ball outside off to third man

Cottrell to Santner, 1 run

walks across and swings a full ball outside off to long-on. Cottrell is bowling at such pace, and is getting those yorkers right in there, that Santner's broken his bat

Cottrell to Santner, SIX runs

he's got it. He's not been at his best tonight. But he gets a length ball here which allows him to clear his front leg and launch it over long-on. Superb shot. Gets the crowd on their feet.

For those of you (in the USA) who missed it, here's how New Zealand suddenly and swiftly carved up West Indies' top half earlier today.

Cottrell to Santner, no run

gets the yorker right and Santner can only dig it out.

Cottrell to Neesham, 1 run

nudges a good length ball down to long-on with the intention of getting two, but it doesn't happen that way

end of over 1414 runs
NZ: 161/5CRR: 11.50 RRR: 8.00
Mitchell Santner16 (13b 1x6)
James Neesham45 (21b 5x4 3x6)
Keemo Paul 3-0-39-0
Kieron Pollard 1-0-9-1

New Zealand need 15 off 12 balls now. That Keemo Paul over was brutal for West Indies...

Paul to Santner, 2 runs

takes the pace off as Santner walks across his stumps and flicks it in the air. It's taken at deep midwicket, but it's a free hit so no harm to the batsman

Paul to Santner, (no ball) 2 runs

a wild beamer. Paul is warned for it. This one is at full pace. It comes right for Santner's head. He gets himself leg side of the ball and heaves it away towards - I think - long-on. We have a free hit now

Phani: "Maxi teed off, Neesham teed off, Sheldon has excellent figures in a high scoring match, Jordan bowled wonderfully well during warm ups.. somewhere KXIP must be wondering where were these performances a month ago."

Paul to Santner, no run

strikes him on the hip as he looks to pull a quick, short one at the his body

Paul to Santner, 2 runs

gets the yorker right but Neesham is able to turn it to midwicket and before the fielder in the deep can come up, they get two.

Paul to Santner, 2 runs

slugs a length ball on middle and off over to deep midwicket

Paul to Neesham, (no ball) 1 run

no-ball call again! And this one is the worst of all because it gets a wicket. Neesham heaves the slower beamer - clearly over his waist - over to long-on

Kunal: "Whisper it... super over?"

Paul to Santner, 1 run

hits to mid-off and sprints through.

Paul to Santner, (no ball)

he's missed a wide full toss! But it's another no-ball. Keemo! They've called it for height, but that looked very tight to me.

Paul to Santner, (no ball)

beats him with a pitched up ball angled across the left-hander. Santner needs to give the strike back to his big-hitting partner at the other end. Oh darn, it's a no ball. It's a free hit. It's undoing all the good work

Paul to Santner, no run

fires it into the pads and it's quick enough to beat Neesham's flick shot

end of over 139 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 147/5CRR: 11.30 RRR: 10.00
Mitchell Santner7 (4b 1x6)
James Neesham44 (20b 5x4 3x6)
Kieron Pollard 1-0-9-1
Keemo Paul 2-0-25-0

New Zealand need 29 off 18 balls. Is it me or does that no longer looks quite as straightforward...

Stuart: "Pollard would have needed a hat trick to change the game. No way you can defend 9 an over at Eden, Neesham will finish this before the last over "

Pollard to Santner, 1 run

hammers a full and wide delivery to long-off

Pollard to Santner, SIX runs

that's outta here! Pollard attempts a slightly low percentage ball. A short one. Santner spots it, clears his front leg and thumps it over deep midwicket

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