White Ferns on their way to victory. ©WHITE FERNS Twitter Account

This was the last match of the 5-match T20I series between the White Ferns and West Indies. New Zealand was confident to continue their winning streak and whitewash the visiting team as they did in the ODI series. West Indies was aiming to finish with a win so that they could turn their heads up as they go ahead. New Zealand won the toss & elected to bowl first. Experienced Taylor and Matthews opened the innings for the Windies. They started to hit runs all over the park until Kasperek gave the first breakthrough to her team in the form of the dangerous Matthews on 40(28). Nation too followed her as she got out on Tahuhu’s bowl followed by the wicket of hard hitter Taylor in the 11th over. After 11 overs, Windies score was 77/2.

The foundation was set with just the finishing touch in the last overs as Dottin tried her best to do so but didn’t get support from the other batters as Kiwi bowlers started to attack the lower order batters. Finally, Windies managed to post a competitive total of 139 on the board. Taylor 42(36), Mathews 40(28) and Dottin 33(31) were the top scorers for the Windies team.

New Zealand bowlers once again showed their class as the Windies wickets fell at a regular interval; restricting Windies to score big. Kasperek bagged two crucial wickets for 19 runs, well supported by Tahuhu’s two wickets for 27 runs. Sophie Devine also bagged a wicket.

To chase down 140 was not a big deal for the in-form New Zealand batters. The opening pair of Dodd and Devine started the innings steadily but they failed to deliver. Connell struck in the first over as she sent Dodd to the pavilion. This was not enough for Connell as she again took two crucial wickets of Devine and Green in her 2nd over. After that, the whole responsibility was on middle order batters and they delivered it superbly. Star of the series Katey Martin and Amy Satterthwaite held on the innings steadily and chased down the target within 17 overs and won the match by 7 wickets.

Martin 54(41) and Satterthwaite 43(43) were the top scorers for New Zealand. Talking about Windies bowling they started off well but failed to carry the momentum throughout the innings. Shamilia Connell was the go-to bowler for Windies as she bagged 3 crucial wickets at the start. Katey Martin was adjudged player of the match for her classy 54 runs. She was also awarded the player of the series award for her stunning 261 runs with the bat. Martin was the highest run-getter of the series. Leigh Kasperek was the highest wicket-taker bagging 10 wickets in the series. New Zealand completely dominated Windies in both the forms of the game. They won the ODI series 3-0 and T20 Series 4-0 (one match was rain influenced).

Flash Scores:-

New Zealand 143/3 (K Martin 54, S Connell 3/35) beat West Indies 139/5 (S Taylor 42, L Kasperek 2/19) by 7 wickets.