Black Caps destroy Windies in record breaking fashion after Colin Munro century

Relive all the action from the Black Caps' whopping 119-run win over the West Indies from Bay Oval, Tauranga.

10:01pm: 16.3 overs, WI 124/9 - Nurse 14*

WICKET! That's it! The Black Caps take the series. Southee bowls a slower ball to Badree, who can only chip it down to Tom Bruce at long on. New Zealand win by 119 runs, their biggest ever winning margin in a T20 international.

The Windies will leave New Zealand winless across all three formats. Next up for the Black Caps, Pakistan.

9:50pm: 13.5 overs, WI 114/8 - Nurse 6*, Badree 0*

WICKET! Another one goes, and this time it's Boult who does the damage. He fires a full toss at Taylor who just spoons it up in the air for Santner to catch. Samuel Badree the last man, with Shai Hope unavailable to bat.

9:43pm: 12.1 overs, WI 99/7 - Nurse 4*, Taylor 0*

WICKET! Emrit goes! He tries to hit Sodhi out of the ground, but is hit on the pad. The umpire gives it not out, but Williamson looks to review it. The replays show that it's a nailed on LBW. Emrit goes for five. Jerome Taylor the new man.

9:34pm: 10.4 overs, WI 92/6 - Nurse 3*, Emrit 0*

WICKET! Boult comes back into the attack and gets rid of Brathwaite. A short ball is hammered down to long on, but Tom Bruce is waiting to take a simple catch to remove the Windies' skipper. Brathwaite goes for 15, Emrit the new man.

9:25pm: 8.1 overs, WI 80/5 - Brathwaite 7*, Nurse 0*

WICKET! Curse of the commentator! Fletcher goes next ball. He swings at a delivery from Sodhi, but get's nowhere near it. The ball smashes into middle stump to get rid of the well-set Fletcher for 47. Ashley Nurse the new man.

9:22pm: 8 overs, WI 80/4 - Fletcher 46*, Brathwaite 7*

This pair are starting to put together a partnership as the required run rate begins to climb. Fletcher has moved to 46 from 31 balls, and is looking good. The Windies still need 164 from the last 12 overs.

9:12pm: 4.5 overs, WI 49/4 - Fletcher 22*, Brathwaite 0*

WICKET! Another one falls! Santner comes into the attack and Fletcher tries to pinch a single. Guptill pounces on the ball at backward point, before firing it in to Phillips who does the rest to run Hetmyer out. He goes for seven, Carlos Brathwaite the new man.

9:07pm: 3.5 overs, WI 42/3 - Fletcher 22*, Hetmyer 0*

WICKET! Kitchen comes into the attack inside the powerplay now. He starts with two dots, before a single to Fletcher. Powell on strike and he hits the third ball for four. He tries to go again next ball but can only sky a chance.

Williamson sets under it, and he hangs on! Kitchen's first wicket for his country. Powell goes for 16, Shimron Hetmyer the new man.

8:58pm: 2 overs, WI 18/2 - Fletcher 6*, Powell 8*

Boult takes the ball from the other end. He starts with a ball that Fletcher hits for two, before a wide. Boult looking really out of character here, with two no-balls and a wide before being hit for four through square leg by Powell. The fifth ball is pulled through midwicket for four more! 

Seventeen from Boult's first over, to make matters worse, Doug Bracewell has left the field with what could be an injury.

8:50pm: 0.4 overs, WI 1/2 - Fletcher 1*

WICKET! Southee gets the big fish! Chris Gayle goes for a duck, a bouncer from Southee has the master blaster done for, looping a simple catch for Phillips off the gloves. Gayle gone for a duck, Rovman Powell the new man.

8:47pm: 0.1 overs, WI 0/1 - Gayle 0*, Fletcher 0*

WICKET! And the Black Caps strike first ball! Walton tries to hit Southee through cover, but can only find - who else - Colin Munro on the edge of the circle! Andre Fletcher the new man as Walton goes first ball of the Windies' innings.


We're back, Tim Southee to open the bowling, Chadwick Walton on strike. Shai Hope won't be able to bat for the Windies, he suffered ligament damage in the field.

8:33pm: 20 overs, NZ 243/5 - Phillips 7*, Santner 6*

Phillips takes strike and he's scooped Brathwaite for six over the keeper's head! Phillips walks across his stumps next ball and the ball goes for four leg byes!

The young keeper gets a single from the fifth ball of the over, Santner on strike for the final delivery of the innings. Six to finish! NZ set 243/5 from their 20 overs - the Black Caps' highest team total of all time.

We'll be back shortly as the Windies have a monster chase to try and tie this series at one apiece.

8:29pm: 19.1 overs, NZ 226/5 - Phillips 0*, Santner 0*

WICKET! Right then, final over of the innings - Munro on strike, but he's out! He clubs one down the ground but Hetmyer takes the catch coming in off the boundary. Bay Oval rise to applaud Munro off the pitch, he departs for 104 from 53 balls. Mitchell Santner the new man.

8:27pm: 19 overs, NZ 226/4 - Munro 104*, Phillips 0*

Williamson shows his class with an immaculate straight six over long on. He goes again next ball but doesn't get the distance, just once bounce over the rope. It brings up NZ's highest ever T20 international score of 212! 

Williamson pulls the next ball for four! Huge finish on the cards here.

WICKET! Final ball of the 19th over, and Williamson drags on! He goes for 19 from just nine balls. Glenn Phillips the new man.

8:17pm: 17.1 overs, NZ 204/3 - Munro 101*, Williamson 0*

WICKET! Kitchen's run out! Munro looks for the scoop and Kitchen tries to steal a bye! Walton fires the ball back to the bowler, who calmly removes the bails. Kitchen goes for nine, Kane Williamson the new man.

8:14pm: 16.2 overs, NZ 194/2 - Munro 100*, Kitchen 0*

Munro on 97, he hits one through point for two - he moves to 99. He hits one straight down the ground and there it is!!! Century for Colin Munro! He becomes the first man to score three hundreds in T20 internationals! 

What an innings!

8:12pm: 16 overs, NZ 191/2 - Munro 97*, Kitchen 0*

Fifty partnership between these two! Bruce slices Brathwaite for four behind point to bring it up. Munro on strike now, one hit away from three figures...He times one straight down the ground for a single to move to 97.

WICKET! Bruce on strike for the final ball of the over, and he's bowled! He moves too far across his stumps looking for the scoop over the keeper, but he's missed it. The ball crashes into the stumps.

Bruce goes for 23, Anaru Kitchen sent in now.

8:07pm: 15 overs, NZ 183/1 - Munro 95*, Bruce 17*

Jerome Taylor comes back into the attack, and Munro takes the attack to the bowler! He hits two sixes over square leg to move into the 90's! Fourth ball of the over is carved to point for a single. Munro's hit 10 sixes in this innings, with five overs still to play, he gets two from the final ball of the over to move to 95.

8:03pm: 14 overs, NZ 167/1 - Munro 80*, Bruce 16*

Bruce has made a solid start, hitting a six over cover as he's raced to 16. Munro meanwhile, has moved to 80 from just 38 balls, in search of what would be his third T20 international hundred.

7:52pm: 11.3 overs, NZ 136/1 - Munro 66*, Bruce 0*

WICKET! Guptill goes and Emrit has his first wicket! He throws the bat at a wide delivery and gets an edge through to Walton behind the stumps. Guptill departs for 63, Tom Bruce is promoted to number three as the new batsman.

7:42pm: 10 overs, NZ 118/0 - Guptill 53*, Munro 58*

Hundred partnership! Great batting from this pair to bring up the century stand. Brathwaite responds with five wides down leg, the Windies are really under the pump here. 

Guptill pulls the fifth ball of the over for six, and that brings up his fifty! The Black Caps take 22 from the 10th over.

7:37pm: 9 overs, NZ 96/0 - Guptill 37*, Munro 58*

Emrit comes into the attack for his first over in T20 internationals, but Munro belts him for six out over midwicket! That brings up his 50! It comes from 26 balls, with three fours and four sixes.

He goes again next ball and it's the same result! Munro gets a single third ball to bring Guptill on strike. Emrit does well to only go for four singles from the remainder of the over, 16 from it.

7:31pm: 8 overs, NZ 80/0 - NZ Guptill 34*, Munro 44*

Brathwaite brings himself into the attack, and stems the flow of run for an over. Munro has a nervy moment when he scoops the ball into the leg side from the final delivery of the over.

7:18pm: 4.2 overs, NZ 50/0 - Guptill 22*, Munro 27*

Fifty partnership! Ashley Nurse comes into the attack and Munro welcomes him with back-to-back boundaries to raise the half-century stand! 

7:16pm: 4 overs, NZ 42/0 - Guptill 22*, Munro 19*

Guptill takes the attack to Badree in the fourth over, hitting the leg-spinner for two boundaries. Shai Hope leaves the field for treatment after landing awkwardly going for a catch.

7:07pm: 2 overs, NZ 22/0 - Guptill 11*, Munro 11*

Samuel Badree with the new ball from the other end, Munro on strike. First ball is short and Munro pulls it for six! Munro's picked up where he left off! He goes on the attack again and skies one, it just manages to beat the fielders though, the batsmen get back for two. Four singles to end the second over.

7:04pm: 1 over, NZ 10/0 - Guptill 9*, Munro 1*

First ball is driven perfectly through cover by Guptill! He takes a single from the third ball of the over, bringing Colin Munro on strike after his rapidfire 66 on Monday night. He gets off the mark with a single out to cover from the fifth ball. Guptill times one off his hip to the boundary from the final ball of the first over, 10 from it.


Right, play not far away as the Windies make their way out onto the field. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro emerge now, looking to get the Black Caps off to a solid start. Jerome Taylor to open up, Guptill on strike.


For New Zealand, Trent Boult returns with Seth Rance sitting out. Meanwhile, there are two changes for the tourists, with Jerome Taylor and 36-year old Rayad Emrit making his debut.

NZ: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Glenn Phillips (wk), 5. Tom Bruce, 6. Anaru Kitchen, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Doug Bracwell, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult.

WI: 1. Chris Gayle, 2. Chadwick Walton (wk), 3. Andre Fletcher, 4. Shai Hope, 5. Shimron Hetmyer, 6. Carlos Brathwaite (c), 7. Rovman Powell, 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Rayad Emrit, 10. Jerome Taylor, 11. Samuel Badree.


Good evening! The first big news of the day is that the weather has held and there shouldn't be any rain interrupting tonights match. Both captains out in the middle for the toss, Carlos Brathwaite calls incorrectly and Kane Williamson decides that NZ will bat first. Final teams to be confirmed shortly.


After a washout in the second match on Monday night, the Black Caps head into this third and final clash with the Windies unable to lose the series.

The winless Windies can only draw the series now, after the Black Caps' 47-run victory in Nelson - playing only for pride having been whitewashed in both the Test and ODI series.

For New Zealand, a win tonight will mean that the Black Caps overtake Pakistan to seal the number one Twenty20 international ranking.

As if things weren't bad enough for the Windies, the Black Caps will also welcome Trent Boult back to the side, after his phenomenal display in the recent ODI series demolition, while opener Colin Munro will be looking to better his 23-ball 66 from Monday night.

TEAMS (possible): 

NZ: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Glenn Phillips (wk), 5. Tom Bruce, 6. Anaru Kitchen, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Doug Bracwell, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult.

WI: 1. Chris Gayle, 2. Chadwick Walton (wk), 3. Andre Fletcher, 4. Shai Hope, 5. Shimron Hetmyer, 6. Carlos Brathwaite (c), 7. Rovman Powell, 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Sheldon Cottrell, 10. Kesrick Williams, 11. Samuel Badree.

Brendon McCullum reveals unique baseball-style knob on bat - 'Otherwise my hand slips off when I slog it!'

Brendon McCullum has continued to show his innovations in the shorter forms of cricket after he revealed the adapted handle he's made for his bat to match his slugging style at the crease.

McCullum was interviewed after being dismissed for 61 in his Brisbane Heat side's nine-wicket win over the Stars last night when he showed off the unique grip.

"Otherwise my hand slips off when I try to slog it," McCullum said.

"It's almost like a baseball grip."

The former Black Caps captain said the unique knob was made from old bat grips wrapped around the end of the handle.



Rain washes out Black Caps v Windies T20 after Colin Munro's destructive half-century

Rain has ruined the second T20 international between the Black Caps and the West Indies in Tauranga.

Batting first, New Zealand reached 102/4 from nine overs, thanks to a 23-ball 66 from Colin Munro, before the rain set in.

From there, no more play was possible, leaving New Zealand the chance to seal the series with the third match at the same ground on Wednesday.


That's it. The umpires have called the match off. The second T20 ends as a damp squib. We'll be back on Wednesday for the final match of the series.


More covers are coming out onto the field. This should be it.


The umpires have decided that because there is still rain in the air, play won't get underway just yet. 


The rain has stopped! The latest time play can resume is 10:18pm, otherwise it'll be a washout. The umpires are out inspecting the pitch right now.


Still no update. We're past the point of losing overs now - should play resume that is.


No update on conditions. The rain is still drizzling, and the covers are out on the pitch. No word from the umpires and match officials about whether or not play will continue.


The rain's gotten heavier. The groundstaff are covering the pitch, this doesn't look good.

8:10pm: 9 overs, NZ 102/4 - Williamson 17*, Kitchen 1*

More rain now and this time the umpires call for the covers. Just as the Windies were beginning to fight back, hopefully the rain goes away quickly. 

8:06pm: 8.3 overs. NZ 97/4 - Williamson 14*, Kitchen 0*

WICKET! Another one falls but what a catch! Bruce looks to clear the front leg and hit through the leg side, instead Brathwaite flies to his right and plucks the ball out of the air one handed! Bruce out for three, New Zealand in a spot of troubel. Anaru Kitchen the next man in.

8:00pm: 7.1 overs, NZ 92/3 - Williamson 11*, Bruce 0*

WICKET! Badree comes back into the attack and strikes first ball. A flat leg break that Phillips plays back to, struck on the pad dead in front of the stumps. He goes for 10. Tom Bruce the new batsman.

7:51pm: 5.5 overs, NZ 78/2 - Williamson 8*, Phillips 0*

WICKET! This is brutal batting from Munro right now. Kesrick Williams comes into the attack, and is greeted with four boundaries in a row. He tries to go bigger on the fifth ball but he's caught on the boundary! Munro goes for 66 from just 23 balls. Glenn Phillips the new man. Rain starting to fall again.

7:44pm: 5 overs, NZ 67/1 - Munro 50*, Williamson 8*

First bowling change of the night, with Brathwaite bringing himself into the attack. Williamson takes a single to third man from the first ball of the over. Munro on strike now and he belts another six! Brathwaite responds with a full toss and Munro belts it for four through cover again!

He tries a bouncer now and Munro pulls for four through the leg side now! He's 45 from 16 balls - fifty partnership between these two now. Brathwaite responds with a wide. Four more from Munro, misfield in the deep. Brathwaite gets a yorker in next ball, but Munro gets a single to bring up his fifty from just 18 balls. Huge over, 21 runs from it.

7:34pm: 3 overs, NZ 32/1 - Munro 23*, Williamson 6*

Munro takes the attack to Cottrell's second over! The second ball of the over is deposited for six, before he goes again on the fourth ball! Munro's raced to 22 from just seven balls.

Seventeen runs from Cottrell's second over!

7:29pm: 2 overs, NZ 15/1 - Munro 8*, Williamson 4*

Samuel Badree to take the new ball from the other end. Williamson on strike, and he just pushes the first ball into a gap for two out to deep cover. He gets a single to mid on second ball, bringing Munro on strike for the first time in this innings. 

Badree's second ball to Munro is a full toss, and is wallopped through cover for four, first boundary of the evening. Munro goes inside out last ball of the over and gets four more! Aggressive start from the left hander!

7:23pm: 0.4 overs, NZ 3/1 - Munro 0*, Williamson 0*

WICKET! Guptill defends the first ball. Decent pace through from Cotterell. The second ball of the over is tucked off the batsman's hip and they do well to get back for two.

Fourth ball of the over and he's got him! Guptill's out caught behind! A wide ball that he has a wild swing at, taking the edge through to Walton behind the stumps. Guptill goes for two, Kane Williamson the new man.


Guptill and Munro stride out to the middle. Sheldon Cotterell will take the new ball first up, Guptill will be on strike.


The Windies are out on the park, and so are the umpires. The start of play is just moments away.


The umpires have given play the all clear. The first ball will be bowled at 7:20pm, no overs will be lost.


Things look to be getting better! The rain has stopped, and the groundstaff are out trying to get the field dry as quickly as possible. The umpires are inspecting the pitch. We should be good to start soon.


Bad news. The rain has gotten heavier and the covers are out on the pitch. The umpires are hopeful that it's just a passing shower, but we could be in for a bit of a delay.


It's starting to spit a few drops of rain, hopefully the bad weather stays away to get some cricket in.


Final teams to be confirmed shortly. New Zealand have made the one change, with Kane Williamson replacing Ross Taylor.

For the Windies, Shimron Hetmyer will debut in place of Jason Mohammed, while Sheldon Cotterell replaces Jerome Taylor in the bowling ranks.


It's a grey night in Tauranga, a nice cloud covering over Bay Oval. Both captains are out for the toss. Carlos Brathwaite calls correctly and the West Indies will bowl first.


After a convincing win in the opening match in Nelson, New Zealand can seal the three match series with victory against the under strength Windies tonight.

The home side are bolstered by the return of Kane Williamson to the side, expected to slot in at number three in the batting order.

For the Windies, they'll be hoping their big guns fire, with the likes of Chris Gayle and Shai Hope yet to really register a score of note on this tour.


NZ: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Glenn Phillips, 5. Tom Bruce, 6. Anaru Kitchen, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Doug Bracewell, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Seth Rance.

WI: 1. Chris Gayle, 2. Chadwick Walton (wk), 3. Andre Fletcher, 4. Shai Hope, 5. Shimron Hetmyer 6. Rovman Powell, 7. Carlos Brathwaite (c), 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Sheldon Cotterell, 10. Kesrick Williams, 11. Samuel Badree

Colin Munro of the Black Caps runs a single during Second ODI Cricket  match, Blackcaps V West Indies, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand, 23rd December 2017.Copyright photo: John Davidson /
Colin Munro of the Black Caps runs a single during Second ODI. Source: Photosport