NEW ZEALAND slumped to their second defeat against the West Indies in as many days, destroyed by 61 runs in an exhibition Twenty20 cricket international in Florida on Monday (NZT).
Although the Black Caps managed to restrict the Windies to 5-177 after winning the toss, their batting line-up never challenged the total in crumbling to be all out for 116 with eight balls remaining.
Daniel Flynn top-scored at No.5 with 22, while Doug Bracewell provided a tidy cameo in taking 20 from 11 balls at the end of the New Zealand innings.
The guile and variation of spinner Sunil Narine, who picked up 4-11 off four overs, proved seemingly unfathomable as he set up the Windies win by accounting for openers Martin Guptill and Rob Nicol cheaply.
The New Zealanders were missing skipper Ross Taylor, spinner Ronnie Hira and allrounder Jacob Oram through injury, with young batsman Kane Williamson taking over captaincy duties.
The Windies rested Kieron Pollard, who injured his shoulder fielding after plundering 63 from 29 balls in Sunday’s first Twenty20.
It made little difference early on as Chris Gayle, who belted an unbeaten 85 the day before, anchored the Windies innings with 53 from 39.
The Black Caps bowled with improved accuracy, removing Lendl Simmons and Darren Sammy before Dwayne Bravo’s late burst delivered 35 from 11 balls to see the Windies through to 5-177.
Bracewell, Tim Southee and Nicol picked up a wicket apiece, with offspinner Nathan Bracewell returning the best figures of 2-19 including the valuable wicket of Gayle.