Munro ignites Bay Oval before rain hits

The three-match series will be decided at Bay Oval on Wednesday night. Photo: Black Caps Facebook.

The second T20 cricket international between New Zealand and the West Indies saw Colin Munro holding the Black Caps a head before persistent rain stopped the game.

It was unfortunate for the Black Caps who had made a bright start to the game after being asked to bat first.

Opener Colin Munro blasted 66 off 23 balls as the homeside got to 102 for 4 after 9 overs before being forced from the field.

Munro also owns the fastest New Zealand T20 half-century, an unbeaten effort off 14 balls batting at No.3 against Sri Lanka at Eden Park two years ago.

The three-match series will be decided at the same venue on Wednesday night, although the forecast is again grim.

Munro’s innings included three sixes and 11 fours.

Martin Guptill was dismissed in the first over for two, Glenn Phillips made 10 and Tom Bruce three, while captain Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 17 and Anaru Kitchen one.

Sheldon Cottrell, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams and Ashley Nurse took one wicket each.

New Zealand won the first game by 47 runs.

The Bay of Plenty cricket community helped raise $4 million to get the ground ready for day-night matches. $3.3 million was invested in the lights; the rest funded a replay screen, improved media facilities and an increase in the height of the ground embankment on one side, adding space for 2000 more patrons to take the capacity to 11,500. Their ultimate ambition is to host tests.


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