WI vs NZ: Punjab Kings player’s double blast, runs at a strike rate of 225; Still West Indies lost
- Odeon Smith scored 27 runs in 12 balls after 3 wickets.
- New Zealand beat West Indies by 13 runs in first T20
- New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series
WI vs NZ 1st T20I: The three-match T20I series between West Indies and New Zealand began on Wednesday, August 10. All three matches of this series will be played on August 10, 12 and 14 at Sabina Park in Kingston Jamaica. The first match was very exciting and the game of 40 overs was seen. West Indies lost the match by 13 runs and New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the series. Odion Smith, who played for Punjab Kings in the IPL for the Windies, performed brilliantly but could not get the team to victory.
In this match, West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and decided to bowl first. New Zealand’s team batted brilliantly while playing first. Captain Kane Williamson, who returned to the cricket field after a long time, contributed 47 runs, while Devon Conway also scored 43 runs. In the end, thanks to Jimmy Neesham’s 33 off 15 balls, the Kiwis scored 185 for 5 in 20 overs. Odion Smith of Punjab Kings took three wickets for 32 runs in 4 overs for the hosts. In reply, the start of the Windies team was not special.
West Indies’ start staggered
Opener Kyle Myers became the victim of Tim Southee by scoring just 1 run. Captain Nicholas Pooran also managed to score just 15 runs. Shamar Brooks (42) remained at one end but wickets kept falling from the other end. Devon Thomas 1 and Shimron Hetmyer returned to the pavilion after scoring 2 runs. After this, Holder supported Brooks but he also lost his wicket on a total of 79. At this time half the team was out and the team needed 107 runs from 50 balls to win. Then Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd and finally Odeon Smith revived the hopes of the Windies.
Odeon Smith scored but could not get the win
Powell, who came after the fall of 5 wickets for 79, played a useful innings of 18 runs in 12 balls. Romario Shepherd then made 31 not out off 16 balls. All eyes were on Odeon Smith, who played an innings of 27 runs in 12 balls at a strike rate of around 225. Windies needed 35 runs in the last two overs but Lockie Ferguson’s 19th over, where only 9 runs were scored, again turned the match in the direction of the Kiwis. 26 runs were needed in the last over and the experienced Tim Southee was on the bowling. But Odion Smith could not do wonders and the West Indies team could make only 172 runs in 20 overs losing 7 wickets. In this way the visiting Kiwi team took a 1-0 lead in the match-winning series.
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