Black Caps chase down Windies total in final over, Ferguson bags five

Kieron Pollard

And on Friday, global cricket returned to New Zealand after a gap of eight months, and the teams served up a night that had it all - towering sixes, fantastic fast bowling, three rain interruptions, and in the end, a five-wicket win for the home side, brought home by a debutant and two allrounders while chasing a revised target.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, the West Indies finished on 180 for seven in an innings that was reduced to 16 overs due to persistent showers.

Mitchell Santner was tasked with picking the winning runs as the Black Caps needed four rounds of the final match and the tail-pick did so emphatically.

Ferguson's five wickets included two in his first over and another in his second, either side of a Tim Southee brace - an 11-ball spell that started with the West Indies 58-0 and ended with them 59-5.

Lockie Ferguson took five wickets during a searing spell as New Zealand beat West Indies by five wickets on DLS in a thrilling rain-shortened Twenty20 in Auckland as global cricket returned to the country for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. Santner smoked a couple of sixes in the last two overs to seal the game for New Zealand with four balls to spare. I think that's a big part of our culture.

Both rounds were shortened to just 16 times, after intermittent rain in the first rounds caused play pauses multiple times. South African-born run machine Devon Conway will make his debut for New Zealand at number three in the batting order, with speedster Kyle Jamieson also appearing in his first T20 global. The heavens opened up, for another delay, following which Fletcher and King pulled out the drives, cuts, and straight swipes down the ground to pick up 29 off Hamish Bennett's first over.

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Neesham came out to join Conway, and the two of them set about taking the attack to the West Indies bowlers.

Southee called on Ferguson as his second change in the fifth over and he made an instant impact, bowling Fletcher with a searing first delivery.

Pollard played a destructive innings, but the West Indies fell just short.

"It was fantastic cricket, in terms of the ball flaying all over the boundaries", he said.

"It's been a long time coming, we're fortunate to be back out here playing in front of the crowds and hope the fans enjoyed it".

"It was a topsy-turvy sort of game and a bit of indiscipline showed with us in the bowling side of things".

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