New Zealand Beat 215 for 5 (Phillips 76, Mitchell 48, Conway 42, McCoy 3-40) West Indies 125 for 9 (Bracewell 3-15, Santner 3-15) with 90 runs
After reaching his fifth T20I half-century, Phillips advanced to 76 from 40 balls and led New Zealand to 215 for 5, breaking the 185 for 5 that was a winning total in the first game of the series. His innings consisted of six sixes and four fours.
The West Indies only got 125 for 9, without the partnerships underlying a New Zealand total that was the highest of any visiting team against the West Indies in a T20I in the Caribbean.
The best of the West Indies were stands of 35 for the seventh wicket between Romario Shepherd and Rovman Powell, which started when the home team was 40 for 6 and the match had already been lost. Hayden Walsh and Obed McCoy put in an unbroken last wicket at 38.
Phillips made good use of his knowledge of the conditions at Sabina Park, his home base in the Caribbean Premier League.
“Coming back to Sabina Park is great. I have great memories here,” Phillips said in a televised interview. “It’s very special for me to get a 50 here for my country in front of an audience that I really love.
“Thanks to West Indies for the way they bowled up front with the new ball which was really really good at getting the tempo of the ball when it was new and harder. As it got older the pitch got a little nicer to bat.”
Seven West Indian wickets fell to spin bowlers, including the first four of the innings.
Santner and Bracewell both finished 3 for 15. Tim Southee took the only wicket that fell to a fast bowler, removing Odean Smith by the tail.
Shimron Hetmeyer was the first batter not to fall into a spin bowler sustained by a direct hit at the bowler’s end by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. The West Indies were 28 to 5 at the time and could not recover.
“We just didn’t show up today,” Pooran said. “They knocked us out and we couldn’t find our way with the bat. We had to stay in the game. It just didn’t start well for us. We’re having a hard time, but the more cricket we play, our performance will grow.”
The final T20I will be played at the same venue on Sunday, followed by three ODIs