Skipper Pooran laments poor execution as NZ take series with crushing win
West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer reacts after being run out for 14 by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (out of photo) during their second Twenty20 International at Sabina Park on Friday. New Zealand won by 90 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Though admitting that his team was completely outclassed by a rampant and well-oiled New Zealand, West Indies Captain Nicholas Pooran, in the same breath, chided his team for its poor execution in a hefty, 90-run defeat in the second of their three-match Twenty20 International at Sabina Park.

While West Indies have managed a solitary win in their last 10 T20Is against New Zealand, Friday's result represents their second-heaviest defeat at the hands of the "Black Caps", who were comprehensive, clinical and dominant with both bat and ball in clinching the three-match series with a 2-0 lead.

Still, New Zealand's superiority in class in posting a mammoth 215-5 — the highest total at Sabina Park and the highest total by a visiting team in the Caribbean — before restricting West Indies to 125-9, should come as no surprise. They won their last 11 limited-overs matches against Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands.

West Indies, for their part, are currently on a five-match losing run and a second series defeat, following a 1-4 loss to number-one ranked India on last.

West Indies lower order batsman Obed McCoy (left) plays a sweep shot as New Zealand's wicketkeeper Devon Conway reacts during their second Twenty20 International at Sabina Park on Friday.

Glenn Phillips was brutal during his 41-ball 76, which included four boundaries and half-dozen sixes, alongside Daryl Mitchell who smashed two fours and three sixes in a 20-ball 48. Devon Conway hammered two fours and four sixes in his 42 off 34 balls.

Meanwhile, left-arm seamer Obed McCoy, who led West Indies bowlers with 3-40, also highlighted the batting innings with an unbeaten 15-ball 23.

That explained Pooran's frustration.

"We just didn't show up today and we accept the consequences," the captain said in a post-game interview.

Spinner Mitchell Santner (second right) and New Zealand teammates celebrate a West Indies wicket during their second Twenty20 International at Sabina Park on Friday. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

"We were indisciplined. We keep talking about the same thing over and over in meetings but whenever we come out on the field we just seem to be letting ourselves down — that's the frustrating part when it comes to trying to execute. We were not able to execute our plans; we struggled and we were outplayed," Pooran conceded.

Granted, chasing 216 was always going to require something exceptional from the West Indies but given their poor run of form, it was always expected that the moderate turnout of spectators would be left disappointed.

And so it was, as West Indies were left struggling at 19-4 at the end of the first six overs.

With the last of those wickets came a thick blanket of clouds that overshadowed the venue, seemingly highlighting that the rest of the West Indies innings would be marked by unrelenting bleakness.

New Zealand's Glenn Phillips raises his bat after surpassing the half-century milestone in his Player of the Match knock of 76.

In the end, only McCoy and Vice-Captain Rovman Powell (21) made any contribution of note.

Spinners Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner did the damage for New Zealand with identical figures of 3-15.

Earlier, West Indies started much better with the ball, as they picked up two wickets in restricting New Zealand to 43 in the Powerplay overs, after being asked to bowl first.

McCoy got the early breakthrough, removing opener Martin Guptill (20) and dangerous Captain Kane Williamson (four) in quick succession in the fourth over.

Guptill, who earlier struck three boundaries, mistimed a pull shot off a slower delivery which went high towards long-on for Pooran to take a tricky running catch over his shoulders. Two balls later, Williamson knicked another pace-off delivery and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas comfortably accepted.

West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder plays a shot while New Zealand wicketkeeper Devon Conway looks on during their second Twenty20 International at Sabina Park on Friday.

However, that was the only piece of consistency the West Indies had upfront as Phillips and Conway displayed ruthless form with some brutal stroke plays in adding 71 for the third wicket.

Truth be told, West Indies bowlers — leg spinner Hayden Walsh in particular — were all over the place; and the high-riding New Zealand outfit, which has won all seven of its previous T20 Internationals contested, ensured that they cashed in.

At 85-2 at the halfway mark, the writing was all but on the wall that West Indies would be made to chase a handsome total — the only question at that point was how much.

Even when local boy Odean Smith had Conway trapped in front at 107-3, any thought of a momentum shift West Indies harboured was quickly thrown out the window.

Phillips found another useful partner in Mitchell and the two wasted very little opportunity to free their arms in a 34-ball, 83-run, fourth-wicket stand to which the hapless West Indian bowlers had very little response.

In fact, such was the carnage that it was almost as if the bowlers were just going through the motions at one point, as it wasn't until the 18th over that they got some reprieve.

McCoy came back into the attack and had Phillips caught in the deep by Powell. And soon after that Mitchell was bowled around the legs by Romario Shepherd, but not before taking New Zealand beyond the 200-run mark.



M Guptill c Pooran b McCoy 20

+D Conway lbw b Smith 42

*K Williamson c wkp Thomas b McCoy4

G Phillips c Powell b McCoy76

D Mitchell b Shepherd 48

J Neesham not out 9

M Bracewell not out4

Extras (b1, lb6, w5)12

TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 215

Did not bat: M Santner, I Sodhi, T Southee, T Boult

Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-36, 3-107, 4-190, 5-208

Bowling: Mayers 2-0-17-0, Shepherd 3-0-26-1 (w1), McCoy 4-0-40-3 (w1), Holder 4-0-40-0 (w1), Walsh 4-0-55-0, Smith 3-0-30-1 (w2)


K Mayers c Phillips b Santner 4

S Brooks b Santner7

*N Pooran c wkp Conway b Bracewell14

+D Thomas lbw b Bracewell1

S Hetmyer run out14

J Holder c Guptill b Bracewell11

R Powell lbw b Sodhi21

R Shepherd c Williamson b Santner 18

O Smith c Phillips b Southee 9

H Walsh not out 10

O McCoy not out 23

Extras (lb4, w2) 6

TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 125

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-12, 3-12, 4-19, 5-28, 6-40, 7-75, 8-80, 9-87

Bowling: Boult 4-0-21-0 (w1), Southee 4-0-34-1, Santner 4-0-15-3, Bracewell 4-1-15-3, Sodhi 4-0-36-1 (w1)

Result: New Zealand won by 90 runs.

Series: New Zealand lead three-match series 2-0.

Man of the Match: Glenn Phillips

Toss: New Zealand

Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Leslie Reifer

TV umpire: Nigel Duguid.

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

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