Source: Inside Sport
The third T20 between West Indies and New Zealand at Mount Maunganui has been called-off due to heavy rain showers. New Zealand white-washed West Indies by 2-0.
The third T20 between the black caps and West Indies could not proceed after 2.2 over’s. New Zealand won the toss and elected to the ball. West Indies scored 25/1 in 2.2 over’s. It started raining, and the covers called on the field. Audience anxiously waited for the rain to stop, but it went even worse. Finally, the umpires called off the match as there was no break in the weather. New Zealand lifted the trophy with 2-0 lead in the series.
New Zealand won the first T20 match with five wickets in hand and the second T20 with a massive margin of 72 runs against West Indies that emerged from Covid-19 quarantine on Thursday.
The New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson was named man of the series after the record-breaking 5/21 in the first T20 and one wicket each in a second and third T20 match.
“Very happy with how the boys played as a collective. Unfortunate with the rain today. Think I just had a good day out at Eden. Happens, have to run with those. IPL put me in good stead. The way boys are gelling at the moment. Youngsters coming through and asking questions of those playing for a while. Did put in a lot of work with the accuracy. Playing a lot of T20 helps to handle pressure. If you want to bowl fast, you want to have to bowl fast. Takes a mental attitude, and also good coaches to harness the speeds. It’s an experience thing (variations in bowling). It’s important with experience to learn what is working on the day,” said Lockie Ferguson.
Pollard seemed very disappointed with the results. He said we hope to come back stronger in Test matches and if the players keep performing with the same attitude, some of us may get dropped from the WC side. “Obviously disappointed. Didn’t expect to play this badly as a unit. Hopefully the guys from the Tests can get something from their time in NZ. Over the past decade or so, we’ve come here as a team and not really done well. Need a sort of self-introspection. From a fielding point of view, it’s about the attitude. That’s the time when you’re actually 11 vs 2 on the park. As individuals we need a good look at ourselves in the mirror. This is international cricket. You don’t want to be a laughing stock, certainly I don’t want to. If guys will continue to show the attitude, some of us will be missing the boat for the World Cup,” said the skipper.
The test series between WI and NZ starts in Hamilton on Thursday.