MOUNT MAUNGANUI: On Monday, rain washed out the third and final Twenty20 International between New Zealand and the West Indies, leaving the hosts with the three-match series 2-0 winners.
New Zealand VS West Indies:
Before heavy rain chased the players from the field at Bay Oval, only 2.2 overs were possible. At 9.20pm local time, the rain set in and the umpires called off the match.
After losing the toss, the West Indies, sending in, were 25-1 with Kyle Mayers not out 5 and Andre Fletcher 4.
Brandon King was out for 11, grabbed by Jimmy Neesham from fast bowler Lockie Ferguson’s bowling team.
For all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who was first appointed captain of New Zealand and who bowled the opening over the abandonment was a special blow.
Santner took over from Tim Southee, who was released to join the New Zealand Test squad alongside Ross Taylor and Kyle Jamieson.
New Zealand won the first T20 by five wickets and the second by 72 runs against a West Indies squad that last Thursday just emerged from the quarantine of coronavirus (Covid-19).
After taking five for 21 in the opening fixture, Ferguson was appointed man-of-the-series, plus one wicket apiece in the second and third matches.
At Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday, the first of two tests between New Zealand and the West Indies will commence.
A.D.S. Fletcher not out 4
B.A. King c Neesham b Ferguson 11
K.R. Mayers not out 5
EXTRAS (W-5) 5
TOTAL (for one wkt, 2.2 overs) 25
FALL OF WKT: 1-16.
DID NOT BAT: N. Pooran, R. Powell, K.A. Pollard, F.A. Allen, R. Shepherd, H.R. Walsh, S.S. Cottrell, O.J. Thomas.
BOWLING: Santner 1-0-12-0 (2w); Ferguson 1-0-13-1; Bennett 0.2-0-0-0.
NEW ZEALAND: M.J. Guptill, T.L. Siefert, D.P. Conway, G.D. Phillips, D.J. Mitchell, J.D.S. Neesham, M.J. Santner, S.M. Kuggeleijn, I.S. Sodhi, L.H. Ferguson, H.K. Bennett.
RESULT: match abandoned; New Zealand win three-match series 2-0.
UMPIRES: S.B. Haig (New Zealand) and W.R. Knights (New Zealand).
TV UMPIRE: C.M. Brown (New Zealand).
MATCH REFEREE: J.J. Crowe (New Zealand).
MAN-OF-THE-SERIES: Lockie Ferguson.
FIRST MATCH: Auckland, New Zealand won by five wickets.
SECOND MATCH: Mount Maunganui, New Zealand won by 72 runs.