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Phillips smashes record Twenty20 International ton in Black Caps’ series victory

Glenn Phillips scored fastest Twenty20 International ton by a New Zealand batsman spearheading his side to a 72-run victory over West Indies on Sunday.

The results means New Zealand, who had also claimed the rain-hit first Twenty20 International chasing down a mammoth 181 in 15.2 overs, win the three-match series with one game in hand.

The day was all about Phillips who eclipsed Colin Munro’s record 47-ball ton completing his three figures in 46 deliveries. Munro had also struck the fastest ton against the same side in 2018 at the same venue in Mount Maunganui.

Spurred on by Phillips’ ton that produced a huge 184-run partnership with Devon Conway, New Zealand posted an imposing 238-3 in 20 overs. Windies, who were given hardly any chance in the game, could only muster 166-9. Kieron Pollard’s three consecutive sixes off Mitchell Santner was the only big highlight for West Indies in the match.

Pollard brought Windies’ biggest partnership of the day adding 35 runs for the fifth wicket with Rovman Powll (nine) but it was never going to be enough. The T20 expert came into the match smashing a 37-ball 75 in the previous game and scored 16-ball 28 with four sixes.

Keemo Paul was their next big contributor with an 18-ball 26 hitting three sixes. Shimron Hetmyer (25) and Kyle Myers (20) were other notable scorers stitching 32 runs for the third wicket. Standing in for regular captain Kane Williams, Tim Southee used six bowlers including himself and everyone were amongs the wickets.

Santner and Kyle Jamieson took two wickets apiece for the Kiwis.

Earlier, Martin Guptill and Tom Seifert (18) began with a 49-run first wicket stand before both fell in a space of four runs. Guptill made 34 off 23 with five fours and two sixes.

Windies thought they had things under control but Phillips had other ideas. The 23-year-old was into his 13th Twenty20 International and launched an attack that was unforgettable for West Indies. He smashed 10 fours and eight sixes to finish with a 51-ball 108.

Conway, who had played a crucial hand in Black Caps’ victory in the first Twenty20I, struck four sixes and as many boundaries in a 37-ball 65 not out. His innings itself was shadowed by Phillips’ onslaught.

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