New Zealand beat West Indies by 119 runs in final T20, clinch series

New Zealand beat Windies by 119 runs in the 3rd T20I Photograph:( Twitter )

AFP Mount Maunganui, New Zealand Jan 03, 2018, 09.30 AM (IST)

New Zealand beat the West Indies by 119 runs in the third and final Twenty20 in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday to sweep the series. 

Colin Munro smacked terrific century and became the first player to make three centuries in international Twenty20 cricket as New Zealand posted 243 for five.

The West Indies in reply made 124 for nine in 16.3 overs, with Shai Hope injured during the New Zealand innings and unable to bat.

Colin Munro is given the Player of the Match and also the Player of the Series. On which he said "Lucky to get it off the middle today. Guptill has had a long break because of injuries but to come back and play that well was amazing. I was lucky enough to get a good start and when it's your night, it's your night. We've played some good cricket throughout the summer. "

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Windies captain Brathwaite said "We didn't execute well. Munro had a fantastic couple of months. We conceded 230 odd [sic] and lost a few early wickets. Disappointed with the performance. We had a few plans for Munro but he got past the ones we executed and some of it we didn't execute that well. New Zealand is a very very good team and they've been together for a while. Credit must go to them."

New Zealand has returned to the top of the ICC T20I Team Rankings after winning the three-match series against the Windies by 2-0. New Zealand had entered the series against the Windies in third place behind Pakistan (124 points) and India (121 points) on 120 points.

New Zealand moved ahead of India after winning the first T20I by 47 runs and then leapfrogged Pakistan into the number-one position after clinching the third T20I by 119 runs.

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