New Zealand vs West Indies 2nd T20: Ronchi helps New Zealand whitewash West Indies

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Ronchi hammered 51 off 28 deliveries

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi smashed a spectacular half-century to help the Black Caps win the second Twenty20 International against the West Indies by four wickets.

Ronchi was well supported by batsman Ross Taylor, who scored a quickfire 39, as New Zealand went on to whitewash the West Indies 2-0.

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo won the toss and chose to bat first.

However, his decision to do so backfired as opening batsman Johnson Charles was caught by Martin Guptill off the bowling of Adam Milne for seven runs.

Lendl Simmons smashed a quickfire 29 before he was caught by James Neesham at point off the bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan.

Bravo only managed to make 12 runs before he was clean bowled by Nathan McCullum.

Things went from bad to worse for the West Indies as Chadwick Walton was caught behind off the bowling of Milne for a duck.

Andre Fletcher and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin stemmed the bleeding with a fantastic 70-run partnership before Fletcher was run out for 40 off 36 balls, which included three boundaries and a six.

Ramdin ended up making 55 off 31 deliveries, which included three boundaries and three sixes, as the West Indies finished on 159/5 at the end of their 20 overs.

Milne was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with two wickets, while McClenaghan and McCullum chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 160 to win, New Zealand got off to a poor start as Guptill was caught behind off the bowling of Jason Holder for just one run.

Jesse Ryder hammered 23 runs off nine balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Simmons at deep extra cover off the bowling of Holder.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum amassed 17 runs before be was given out lbw off the bowling of Sunil Narine.

Colin Munro failed to have an impact either as he was caught by Nikita Miller at backward point off the bowling of Andre Russell for only five runs.

Corey Anderson only made six runs before he was was caught by Charles off the bowling of Russell.

Taylor and Ronchi stabilised the innings with a 68-run partnership, during which Ronchi brought up his half-century, before Taylor was caught by Walton at deep midwicket off the bowling of Narine for 39 off 41 balls, which included three boundaries.

Ronchi finished unbeaten on 51 off 28 deliveries, which included four boundaries and two sixes, as New Zealand went on to win the match with one over to spare.

Holder, Narine and Russell all picked up two wickets apiece.

Bravo was disappointed to have lost the series, and said: “Big improvement from the last game. It was a good learning process from us. We were 15-20 runs short after winning the toss, but the bowlers gave it their best. All in all it was a great team performance, and I am happy that we just improved from the last game.

“For me personally, it has been good. It’s always difficult conditions for us as WI players. After the Test series the way the guys fought to level the ODI series was special. Today they showed a lot of grit and fight.

“It is about giving the opportunities to the young players and we look to defend our title in the World T20 format. We look forward to NZ coming home to us later in the year, and I am sure it will be another exciting series as well.”

McCullum was pleased to have ended the series on a high note, and said: “It was hard fought. I thought WI put on a good total and put early pressure with the ball as well.

“But I think Ross and Luke’s innings were outstanding, and the manner in which we got home was especially pleasing. I thought it was par, I thought we did a good job pulling it back in the last couple of overs. We managed to keep going at a decent strike rate, but we needed a partnership, and we got one from Luke and Ross, who both played brilliantly to get us here.

“I think we are going okay in the limited-overs. 2-2 all was a fair result in the ODIs, and now we have these two victories. We have to continue to play good cricket and develop consistency in our game.”

Ronchi was named Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.

“It was a massive thing to make runs and contribute today,” he said. “Just about making the most of the opportunity. The wicket was good and got better as the night wore on. Nice to play in front of a home crowd. We just needed to bat and try to catch up on the balls we missed out on. If there are boundary options then so be it, but it was important to just bat.”

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