Narine back to best as Windies clinch series
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC) — Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine burst back to life following a luckless England tour, bamboozling New Zealand with a four-wicket haul to hand West Indies a
61-run win and a clean sweep of the Twenty20 International doubleheader here yesterday.
Regaining the confidence and rhythm that made him the toast of the Indian Premier League, the right-armer snared four for 12 from four miserly overs as he strangled New Zealand and helped restrict them to 116 all out off 18.4 overs.
Opener Chris Gayle had earlier stroked his second half-century in as many innings to push West Indies up to a competitive 177 for five off their allotted 20 overs, after winning the toss and
opting to bat first at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium.
The left-hander was uncharacteristically sedate by his standards in scoring 53 from 39 balls to guide the innings while Johnson
Charles got 36 from 32 balls and Dwayne Bravo, a superb 11-ball cameo 35 not out
at the end.
New Zealand, with three changes from Saturday's opening game because of injury, never got their innings off the ground.
Daniel Flynn, in for his first game, top-scored with 22 from 19 balls while tail-ender Doug Bracewell smashed two sixes in a busy 11-ball 20 with defeat already in sight.
Bravo rounded off a fine all-round performance by taking two for 23 with his medium pace with off-spinner Marlon Samuels chipping in with two for 25.
For West Indies, it was the first series win in any format since last October when they trounced Bangladesh in the Test and ODI series in Dhaka.
West Indies lost Dwayne Smith again cheaply, whacking two sixes in 13 off eight balls before top-edging a pull off Bracewell to fall in the second over with the score on 14.
Gayle and Charles then put on a measured 72 for the second wicket of 61 balls, as they set the innings up for a late assault.
In contrast to his explosive 85 not out on Saturday, Gayle belted three fours and four sixes, while Charles hit four fours and a six.