WI vs NZ 2nd ODI: Tim Southee, Trent Boult demolish West Indies top order as New Zealand level series

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WI vs NZ 2nd ODI: Tim Southee, Trent Boult demolish West Indies top order as New Zealand level series
WI vs NZ 2nd ODI: Tim Southee, Trent Boult demolish West Indies top order as New Zealand level series

WI vs NZ 2nd ODI: Tim Southee, Trent Boult demolish West Indies top order as New Zealand level series

WI vs NZ 2nd ODI: The West Indies top order was completely destroyed by Tim Southee and Trent Boult as New Zealand won the second one-day international of a three-match series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday, tying the series.

A second heavy downpour caused a lengthy delay to the day/night match after Finn Allen’s 96 helped the Black Caps to 212 off 48.2 overs while batting first on another difficult pitch. Southee and Bolt each got three wickets as the home team crawled to 63 for seven from 22.4 overs.

With the tourists facing a revised goal of 212 runs off 41 overs under to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern scoring system, Yannic Cariah’s 52 in his first ODI innings and Alzarri Joseph’s daring 49 off 31 balls gave the visitors a scare with a frenzied 85-run ninth-wicket combination.

The West Indies eventually dismissed for 161 off 35.3 overs to lose by 50 runs and set the stage for the series decider on Sunday. However, Southee was summoned by stand-in captain Tom Latham, and he immediately responded by bowling Joseph. Allen then completed an excellent boundary catch to end Cariah’s effort.

Boult’s six-over performance at the beginning of the innings earned him three for 18. While Southee’s final figures were four for 19.

WI vs NZ 2nd ODI: Tim Southee, Trent Boult demolish West Indies top order as New Zealand level series
WI vs NZ 2nd ODI: Tim Southee, Trent Boult demolish West Indies top order as New Zealand level series

Earlier, the Black Caps, who defeated by five wickets in the first match at the same venue two days earlier. And were once again found wanting against the home side’s combination of spin and pace. Opening batsman Allen’s effort off 117 balls with seven fours and three sixes was one of just four double-figure innings.

“I’ve always known I’ve got the grit in me but I never showed it. Showing now that I can do it is good,” said Allen on receiving the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

“The wickets haven’t been batting-friendly but I have enjoyed the challenge.”

Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair, who was playing in just his second ODI, grabbed four for 41. Including the final three victims, and broke a 31-run last-wicket stand between Mitchell Santner and Boult. By taking a catch off his own bowling to get rid of Boult.

With a strong opening spell, the former captain Jason Holder set the tone for the innings. The fast-medium bowler took two early victims. Before coming back to thwart Allen’s attempt to reach the century, finishing with three for 24 off nine overs.

“It’s disappointing to lose so many wickets in the powerplay,” said West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran in reflecting on the opening period of his team’s reply when they slumped to 27 for six.

“Just one good partnership in the top order might have been enough to see us home.”