NZ vs WI: West Indies Wins 3rd T20I to Avoid Cleansweep, Lose Series 2-1

NZ vs WI 3rd T20I Match Highlights
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NZ vs WI 3rd T20I Match Highlights:

As West Indies finally found a winning formula, they defeated New Zealand by eight wickets in the third T20I on Sunday to avoid sweeping the three-match series. King, who was injured and missed the first two games of the series, gave the run chase energy by scoring 53 runs off just 35 balls. Powell hurried the conclusion by hitting 27 runs off of just 15 balls while Brooks batted steadily throughout the innings, finishing on 56 helping the hosts win the match by 8 Wickets

The hosts deployed more than one spinner for the first time in the series after making the gutsy choice to rest captain Nicholas Pooran, and their bowlers excelled on a slow Sabina Park pitch.

After winning the toss, New Zealand only managed to make 145 for 7, far below its 185 for 5 in the first match and 215 for 5 in the second. As replacement skipper Rovman Powell smashed Jimmy Neesham for six to seal the victory and make the series 2-1 in favor of New Zealand, West Indies reached their goal with one over remaining.

On Sunday, Martin Guptill was immediately knocked over by Hosein after he entered the game in the third over, leaving New Zealand 18 for 1. Williamson, Mitchell Santner, and Devon Conway all had starts but were unable to give the innings any momentum. Phillips was given that duty once more and finished as Player of the Series after making 41 out of 26 balls.

Phillips needed to bat through but was dismissed when New Zealand was 125 for 5 in the 17th over, which was a crucial moment. New Zealand scored 64 runs in the final five overs of its first two matches, but only 39 runs in the final five overs of their third encounter.

All-rounder Odean Smith got a career-high 3 for 29, while left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, who was playing for the first time in the series, took 2 for 28.

The West Indies’ innings stood in stark contrast, with the opening pair of King and Brooks consuming 13.1 overs and ensuring victory. King completed his half-century in 30 balls, while Brooks stayed in the game to lead the batting effort, scoring 50 off of 52 pitches.

Player of the Series: Glenn Phillips

Player of the Match: Brendon King

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