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Defending T20 Champions, West Indies, have given a tough fight to the hosts, New Zealand to level up in the opener of the on-going T-20 series with Katey Martin scoring her maiden half-century.

Windies captain won the toss and chose to field first, in which the Kiwis set up a total of 165 runs.

The Windies recovered well from the ODI series white-wash and they were quick in transition to the shortest format which they master at.

SS Connell gave the big break-through for the Caribbeans, as the dangerous and in-form Sophie Devine had to return to the pavilion because of a late cutter that she pulled a shot that was caught safely by Peters.

Suzie Bates and Katey Martin put up a brilliant partnership to rebuild the New Zealand innings, as the skipper was one short of a half-century getting caught out of Fletcher’s bowling. Satterthwaiteagain put up a brief partnership with Martin, as the wicket-keeper/batswoman Martin brought up her maiden T20I Fifty in style. She was the key anchor in the entire innings, as she held the innings together, so that White Ferns were never short of run-rate. She tore apart the bowlers’ pace and spin as she hit seven fours during the match. Deandra Dottin picked up 2 wickets at an economy of 5.75 RPO for the Windies.

The West Indies started off well, thanks to the opening batswoman Matthews who scored another sizzling 50, which was crucial for the team to go that close to the target. In her knock of 50-runs, she smashed 10 boundaries.

As soon as the Captain entered, she started hitting all over the park. But the wickets started tumbling and none of the other batters were able to settle down and rotate the strike. Taylor took on a lone attack and fought till the very end. She hit the half-century off just 61 balls. Kasperek was the pick of the bowlers for the White Ferns picking up 3 wickets in the game and all-rounder Sophie Devine plucked 2 wickets.

West Indies must work on full team coordination especially batting. New Zealand is on a winning streak, but the West- Indies are a tough team to beat in the shortest format.

Katey Martin was adjudged the Player of the match for her match-winning 56 runs off 30 balls.

The 2nd match of the series begins on 16th March at Mount Maunganui.