BlackCaps fall on swords to West Indies attack
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 9:11a.m.
Chris Gayle struck 53 off 39 balls as West Indies totaled 177-5 in the second of two Twenty20 internationals against the New Zealand BlackCaps in Florida with the Kiw3is only able to manage 116 in reply.
Gayle's second successive fifty contained three fours and four sixes at Central Broward Regional Park. The opener slammed an unbeaten 85 in West Indies' 56-run previous win.
Johnson Charles compiled 36 off 32 balls and put on 72 with Gayle. Charles struck four fours and one six.
Dwayne Bravo smashed 35 not out off 11 balls to give the innings some late momentum. The allrounder hit one four and four sixes.
Offspinner Nathan McCullum led the Kiwis with 2-19 off three overs.
New Zealand, captained by 21-year-old Kane Williamson due to the injury-enforced absence of Ross Taylor, lost the toss and West Indies made another swift start.
Dwayne Smith cracked two sixes in the first over before he fell for 13 to paceman Doug Bracewell's first delivery, top-edging a pull for a return catch.
But Gayle, after a slow start, and Charles soon set a strong platform in their busy partnership.
Charles fell to make it 86-2 in the 12th over, pulling Rob Nicol to short fine leg.
McCullum eventually claimed Gayle, who was bowled swinging across the line, and Lendl Simmons, caught at deep square leg, in the same over as the
Caribbean side slipped to 124-4 after 16 overs.
But Bravo provided strong impetus toward the end, even though captain Darren Sammy fell for 13 off Tim Southee.
Daniel Flynn top scored for the BlackCaps with 22.
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