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New Zealand beat Windies by 81 runs in first T20

Last updated on: January 11, 2014 16:00 IST

New Zealand won the first Twenty20 international match against West Indies by 81 runs at EdenPark on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

An impressive performance with the ball, with Tim Southee setting the tone and Adam Milne producing a spectacular pace, led New Zealand to restrain West Indies at 108 for the loss of eight wickets in the game.

Brendon McCullum

Host bowlers James Neesham and Nathan McCullum were the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-16 and 4-24 respectively.

Earlier, captain Brendon McCullum's half-century and Luke Ronchi's unbeaten 48 took New Zealand to 189 for five in the game.

The second T20 between the two nations will be played at Wellington on January 15.

Scoreboard

New Zealand

M. Guptill c Charles b Best 25

J. Ryder c Charles b Miller 22

B. McCullum not out 60

R. Taylor c Bravo b Miller 5

C. Munro c Fletcher b Best 22

C. Anderson c Powell b Best 0

L. Ronchi not out 48

Extras: (b5, w1, nb1) 7

Total: (5 wickets; 20 overs) 189

Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-56, 3-66, 4-103, 5-104

Bowling: Badree 4-0-25-0, Best 4-0-40-3, Narine 4-0-46-0, Miller 3-0-26-2, Bravo 4-0-24-0, Russell 1-0-23-0.

West Indies:

J. Charles c Ronchi b Neesham 16

L. Simmons c Ronchi b Milne 0

A. Fletcher c Ryder b N. McCullum 23

K. Powell c Guptill b N. McCullum 12

D. Bravo c Ryder b N. McCullum 10

A. Russell c Guptill b N. McCullum 0

C. Walton c Munro b Neesham 9

N. Miller not out 15

S. Narine c Milne b Neesham 0

S. Badree not out 14

Extras (LB-2, W-7) 9

Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 108

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-31, 3-53, 4-59, 5-64, 6-75, 7-77, 8-77.

Bowling: Southee 4-0-36-0, Milne 4-0-15-1, Neesham 4-0-16-3, N. McCullum 4-0-24-4, Anderson 4-0-15-0. 

Image: Brendon McCullum plays a shot against West Indies during the first T20 at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday

Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images