New Zealand 215 for 5 (Phillips 76, Mitchell 48, Conway 42, McCoy 3-40) beaten West Indies 125 for 9 (Bracewell 3-15, Santner 3-15) by 90 points
After reaching his fifth T20I half-century, Phillips moved to 76 from 40 balls and led New Zealand to 215 for 5, surpassing the 185 for 5 that was a winning total in the series opener. His innings included six sixes and four fours.
West Indies only managed 125 for 9 in response, without the partnerships that underpinned a New Zealand total which was the highest by a visiting team against West Indies in a T20I in the Caribbean.
The West Indies best was stands 35 for the seventh wicket between Romario Shepherd and Rovman Powell which started when the home side were 40 for 6 and the match was already lost. Hayden Walsh and Obed McCoy put 38 in an unbroken stand for the last wicket.
Phillips put his knowledge of the conditions at Sabina Park, his home ground in the Caribbean Premier League, to good use.
“Coming back to Sabina Park is amazing. I have great memories here,” Phillips said in a TV interview. “To be able to get a 50 for my country here in front of a crowd that I really love is definitely very special to me.
“Thank you West Indies for the way they played up front with the new ball which was really, really good at slowing down the pace of the ball when it was new and harder. As it got older the pitch became a little nicer to fight.”
Seven West Indies wickets fell to rotate the bowlers, including the first four innings.
Santner and Bracewell both finished with 3 for 15. Tim Southee took the only wicket which fell on a fast bowler, knocking out Odean Smith at tail.
Shimron Hetmeyer was the first batter not to fall to a spin pitcher, exhausted by a direct hit to the end of the pitcher by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. The West Indies were 28-5 at the time and couldn’t recover.
“We just didn’t show up today,” Pooran said. “They beat us and we couldn’t see our way with the bat. We had to stay in the game. It just didn’t start well for us. We’re struggling but the more cricket we play the more our performance will increase. “
The T20I final will be played on Sunday at the same venue, followed by three ODIs
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