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New Zealand win by 4 wickets

New Zealand vs W Indies

New Zealand beat West Indies by four wickets to seal 2-0 T20 series win

Luke Ronchi: Smashed an unbeaten victory to guide New Zealand to victory

Luke Ronchi again starred with the bat to guide New Zealand to a four-wicket win in the second T20 international against West Indies and a 2-0 series victory.

Having made an unbeaten 48 in the opening game in Auckland, wicketkeeper Ronchi this time smashed 51 off 28 balls to help guide his side past their victory target of 160 in Wellington.

The Black Caps finished on 163-6 with an over to spare after the tourists, who choose to bat first, posted 159-5 from their 20 overs.

Promising fast bowler Adam Milne (2-22) struck New Zealand's first blow with the ball in the fourth over as he had Johnson Charles well caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Martin Guptill.

Lendl Simmons would follow a couple of overs later as he became Mitchell McClenaghan's solitary victim having made a brisk 29 from 19 deliveries.

But it was the loss of Dwayne Bravo (12) and Chadwick Walton (duck) in consecutive overs to Nathan McCullum and Milne respectively that really halted the momentum of the innings as West Indies were reduced to 67-4.

Andre Mitchell (40) and Denesh Ramdin went about rebuilding and the pair put on 70 in seven overs before the former was run out with 14 balls left.

Ramdin on song

Some fine hitting from Ramdin (55 not out), who ended with three boundaries and three maximums, ensured he reached his half century and his side finished with something to defend.

They made an excellent start with the ball as the dangerous Guptill edged behind at the end of the opening over to give Jason Holder (2-34) the first of his two wickets.

The same bowler also accounted for Jesse Ryder who had started in blistering fashion with a battery of big shots seeing him race to 23 off just nine balls before picking out Simmons in the field.

Sunil Narin (2-18) trapped Brendon McCullum leg before for 17 just as looked set to cut loose and when Andre Johnson (2-16) accounted for Colin Munro and Corey Anderson in quick succession, New Zealand were wobbling at 79-5 just past the halfway point.

But Ronchi rode to the rescue as he formed a fine alliance with Ross Taylor, the duo putting on 68 for the sixth wicket to steer the hosts back towards victory.

Taylor - who played the anchor role - made 39 from 41 before picking out deep midwicket with a slog-sweep, while it was Ronchi who went on the attack, clearing the rope twice as he raced past 50.

Ultimately it was James Neesham (14 not out) who got the hosts over the line, the left-hander swinging Tino Best over mid-wicket for a huge six before pulling the same bowling down to fine leg for a match-clinching boundary.

Match Details

Date
15th Jan 2014
Toss
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Umpires
G A V Baxter, C B Gaffaney
TV Umpire
D J Walker
Match Referee
B C Broad
Reserve Umpire
W R Knights

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.J. Guptill c Ramdin b Holder 1
J.D. Ryder c Simmons b Holder 23
B.B. McCullum lbw Narine 17
L.R.P.L. Taylor c Walton b Narine 39
C. Munro c Miller b Russell 5
C.J. Anderson c Charles b Russell 6
L. Ronchi Not out 51
J.D.S. Neesham Not out 14
Extras 4w, 3lb 7
Total 19.0 Overs 163 - 6
Full Batting Card

w indies BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
J.O. Holder 3 0 34 2
T.L. Best 3 0 37 0
D.J. Bravo 3 0 31 0
S.P. Narine 4 0 18 2
N.O. Miller 3 0 24 0
A.D. Russell 3 0 16 2
Full Bowling Card