29 Dec 2008

Black Caps square Twenty20 series

5:53 am on 29 December 2008

A century opening partnership by Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum and tight bowling by Daniel Vettori has helped New Zealand to a 36-run victory over West Indies in their second Twenty20 international in Hamilton.

New Zealansd has squared the series after a first up loss in Auckland on Boxing Day.

Ryder (62) and McCullum (59) gave New Zealand a 130-run opening partnership, though the middle order wasted the great start before the hosts reached 191 for nine.

In reply Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 53, while Kieron Pollard (38) and Denesh Ramdin (30) produced cameos at the end of the visitors' innings after Vettori, debutant Ewen Thompson and Jacob Oram had strangled the West Indies top order.

Vettori finished with 2-19 off four overs, while Jeetan Patel took 2-12 off two overs, though his second over was a double-wicket maiden.

The teams next meet in the opening one-day international of a five-match series in Queenstown on Wednesday.