Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway forged the ultimate T20I partnership for any goal other than the first, setting up New Zealand’s stunning 72 runs in the second T20I at Mount Maunganui.
The fastest T20I by a New Zealand player, two catches and a brilliant shot from Glenn Phillips helped New Zealand seal a draw against West Indies on Sunday with one game remaining. The hosts started the day well and worked in a really advantageous position in the last four overs of their half when Phillips and Conway plundered 70 runs.
The attack took New Zealand to 238/3 in 20 overs, their third-highest total in the format. If the pursuit hasn’t been tough enough, an early goal from Brandon King to a fine delivery from Kyle Jamieson was followed by an Andre Fletcher run out which compounded West Indies woes.
At the end of 10, New Zealand also had debutants Kyle Mayers and Nicholas Pooran back at the shack, the first to be picked up by a brilliant catch from centurion, Phillips. A late cameo from Kieron Pollard couldn’t soften as many punches as West Indies ended on 166/9 in 20 overs.
Earlier in the day, the visitors won the draw and chose the first bowl with Kieron Pollard citing possible rain as the reason. Tim Seifert (18 of 13) was fired after a brief cameo when he tried to get naughty against Oshane Thomas. Martin Guptill (34 off 23) was also sacked at the end of the following and West Indies appears to have taken control of the trial.
Conway and Phillips looked on good terms, however, taking the time to see them before attacking. The duo finished 15th on a run-a-ball mid-half before they started attacking.
Phillips made six and four streaks from Keemo Paul’s second to push New Zealand’s total to over 100. Two overs later, he hit Fabian Allen for a hat-trick of six in 24-runs and the run-level team jumped to over 10 rounds.
New Zealand have won three of the T20I series with one game remaining 🎉
West Indies finished at 166/9 in response to 238/3 New Zealand!
– ICC (@ICC) 29 November 2020
The rainfall not long after that had no effect on the momentum that Conway and Phillips gathered. The two were consolidated through the last four overs before the massacre took place, with 47 rounds taken from the 17th and 18th combined.
Phillips raced into the 46th century ball, fastest by the Kiwi in that format, and Devon Conway finished his maiden T20I 50 match in the final frenzy. The total appeared to be well beyond West Indies reach after losing to New Zealand’s early goal was able to bring home the lead.