Phillips record century steers Black Caps to T20 series win over West Indies


Glenn Phillips smashed the fastest T20I century by a New Zealander, leading the Black Caps to a series win over the West Indies at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. 

Phillips registered his century off 46 deliveries, the 10th fastest in the world and one ball faster than the previous New Zealand record held by Colin Munro.

When he was dismissed on the penultimate delivery of the New Zealand innings, Phillips had scored 108 off 51 balls, with eight sixes and 10 fours, and has featured in a 184-run stand with Devon Conway.

Conway was not out 65 at the close with New Zealand 238 for three.

West Indies opted to bowl first on winning the toss but New Zealand openers Tim Seifert (18) and Martin Guptill (34) were rarely tested as they raced to 49 in 34 deliveries before both fell in quickly.

Conway and Phillips wasted no time re-establishing the innings, getting the Black Caps to 84 for two at the halfway mark before Phillips opened up with six and two fours off Keemo Paul.

He continued to pound the boundary after a 20-minute rain break, and received a life on 88 when he belted a high full toss that was caught on the boundary, only to be recalled when replays showed it was a no-ball above waist height.

Set to chase a massive 239, Men in Maroon lost Brandon King (0) in the second over whereas Andre Fletcher (20) was removed in the fourth over.

West Indies lost wickets in regular intervals that haunted their chase and eventually, they only managed to score 166/9 in 20 overs. Kylie Jamieson and Mitchell Santner picked two wickets each.

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