Posted by Gareth Parry Added on: July 04 2012
West Indies 177 for 5 (Gayle 53, Bravo 35*, McCullum 2-19) beat New Zealand 116 (Narine 4-12) by 61 runs
The West Indies followed up their comprehensive victory in the opening Twenty20 with another comfortable win.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat. The New Zealand bowling attack included Kyle Mills and Andrew Ellis who replaced the injured Hira and Oram. Chris Gayle once again was the linchpin for the West Indian side and top scored with 53 from 39 deliveries.
Gayle received good support from the rest of the top order with all of the top five getting starts. Dwayne Bravo, who was in at 6, also provided an excellent cameo innings of 35 runs from just 11 balls, a strike rate of 318.18, to take his side to 177.
The power of the West Indian batting line up proved too much for the New Zealand bowlers with only the spin of Nathan McCullum causing any problems. McCullum's figures of 3-0-19-2.
The injuries to the New Zealand line up significantly weakened their batting strength and, with the wicket wearing, they capitulated in the face of excellent spin bowling from Narine and Badree. Narine was the stand out bowler with figures of 4-0-12-4, taking his tally to 7 wicket in the seires, as no New Zealand batsman went past 22.
Ultimately, in home conditions, the West Indies proved too strong for the visitors as they capitulated to 116 all out in 18.4 overs.