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  •   Home > News > Sports > Cricket

    Rain forces early end to NZ-Windies T20

    Rain has forced the abandonment of New Zealand's second Twenty20 with the West Indies, but not before Black Caps opener Colin Munro's whirlwind half-century.


    Big-hitting opener Colin Munro provided some New Year fireworks, but rain has ended up as the winner in New Zealand's second Twenty20 cricket international against the West Indies.

    The match in Tauranga was abandoned after the Black Caps, having been sent in to bat, had reached 102-4 at the end of the ninth over.

    Drizzle had delayed the start by 20 minutes on Monday night and the second weather interruption proved decisive.

    About two hours after the players went from the field, play was officially called off.

    It was disappointing finish to an evening that had been lit up by Munro's 23-ball 66, which included 11 fours and three sixes.

    The punishing left-hander, who had scored 53 in the Black Caps' 47-run victory in game one in Nelson, wasted little time to complete back-to-back fifties.

    He took just 18 balls, making it was the second fastest T20 half-century by a Black Caps batsman, behind his own 14-ball effort against Sri Lanka in Auckland in January 2016.

    Seamer Kesrick Williams then came into the attack and his introduction proved eventful.

    Williams had conceded 25 runs in the Black Caps' final over in the first T20, and his opening over at Bay Oval was almost as expensive.

    Munro smashed the first four deliveries to the boundary before mistiming another big hit and being caught at long-on.

    WIlliams then bowled a no-ball to new batsman Glenn Phillips, who lofted the ensuing free-hit over the mid-wicket boundary, making it a 24-run over.

    However, the West Indies struck back with two more wickets, skipper Carlos Brathwaite pulling off a brilliant one-handed catch at midwicket to remove Tom Bruce.

    The Black Caps had gone from 78-1 to 97-4, but just three more balls were possible before the players were sent from the field.

    The third T20, and the final match of the West Indies' tour, is at the same venue on Wednesday night.

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