Blacks Caps consult W.Indies on anti-racism before tour opener


With a number of the players who took part in the Indian Premier League recently being released from quarantine, it is still not clear what sort of camaraderie or cohesion the regional side will have; however, they will be gunning to secure their fourth T20 win in a row after their last successful away fixtures against Sri Lanka.

Two other late arrivals - Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner - played important roles as the Black Caps chased down their adjusted target of 176 with five wickets and four balls to spare, scoring 48 off 24 balls and 31 off 18 balls respectively.

That's where Southee handed the ball to Ferguson, and the match swung, soon after King had placed the first ball of his spell through the covers for three.

The tourists then lost five wickets for a single run over the course of 11 balls, with Ferguson claiming three scalps and Southee two. Fletcher had a swipe across the line at one that decked in from outside off, and was bowled.

Pollard nearly swung momentum back to the West Indies single-handedly, clubbing eight sixes and four fours to ensure his team set a competitive target.

The first innings was dominated by West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard who blasted a 75 off 37 balls taking the West Indies to 180/7 at the end of the first innings.

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Before play commenced, both sides took a knee in a gesture against racism, with the West Indies players each raising a black-gloved fist. All players were tested four times before their departure from Lahore to New Zealand and were negative on each occasion.

South Africa-born Conway, in his debut, played a stabilizing role after New Zealand slipped to 63-4 with the run out of veteran Ross Taylor.

The hosts needed quick runs, and when Sheldon Cottrell got Guptill to edge one through to Pooran behind the stumps, West Indies would have fancied their chances of making inroads.

The West Indies team, which begins a Twenty20 series on Friday, was also found to have breached protocols while in managed isolation earlier this month.

The treatment worked. The very next delivery saw Phillips stay deep in his crease and swing Allen high over deep midwicket for his third six in four deliveries. Paul, too, was guilty of missing his lengths far too often, and the batsmen made the most of Eden Park's angles to keep picking him for boundaries.