“WI adapted to conditions nicely. They executed their plans beautifully. We couldn’t open up an end with the ball – having said that the effort was there. There’s lots of enjoyment playing in this group. Lots of leaders in this group too. Consistent performance is where our focus has been on. (Goals) World Cup is in the back of your mind but you focus on what’s in front of you.”
“As a boyhood dream it is your pleasure to play for WI, and to captain, at home it is a special feeling. Last night I asked the boys for their support and they gave it. (Bowling) It is clear. We know how hot it is so I don’t want our bowlers to bowl too many at a stretch. Keeps the NZ batters thinking too. Last night we talked about more people coming in today so want to extend it to our fans for coming out even when the series was dead. Brandon has been batting very well, unfortunate he couldn’t play the first two games. One went aggressive, and the other (Brooks) was more defensive. (Pooran) We’ll have a little chat about it and laugh about it.”
Glenn Phillips, the Player of the Series:
“Special feeling to come to Sabina and score runs is special. Love playing here, great people, and good to put on a show. To have Neesham, and Santner to follow later gives us the confidence to bat freely. Today there were fine margins, and potentially that let us down today.”
Brandon King is the Player of the Match:
“Special. Being able to do it at home. My family is here. Consistency is key as a batsman. They did an excellent job, the bowlers made our job easier. My job for the team is the same no matter what total we are chasing. To put the team off to a good start. Brooks understood the momentum of the game.”
New Zealand vs West Indies 3rd T20I Highlights today, Sunday 14-8-2022. 3rd T20I, New Zealand tour of West Indies from Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
Toss: New Zealand, elected to bat first.
Williamson: “It is the same surface again so want to use that first. As a side, we want to keep improving and adjusting, especially since we are playing on a used surface.”
Powell: “Playing for WI is always a dream, so imagine captaining WI in your home ground. Hopefully, the team can rally. (Mood in the team?) It is difficult but the boys are upbeat. (Feedback after last defeat) NZ batted well last game but we bowled some bad balls and they scored too much. Hopefully, the guys can rectify things today.”
New Zealand team: Conway, Guptill, Williamson, Phillips, Mitchell, Neesham, Bracewell, Santner, Southee, Sodhi, Ferguson.
West Indies team: King, Brooks, Thomas, Powell, Hetmyer, Smith, Shepherd, Drakes, Hosein, Joseph, Walsh Jr.
Head to Head In T20I’s: 18
New Zealand Won: 11
West Indies Won: 5
Match Timings: 18:30 GMT | 13:30 Local
Umpires – Nigel Duguid, Patrick Gustard
TV Umpire – Leslie Reifer
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Gregory Brathwaite
Match number – T20I no. 1735