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“Felt Good To Make A Contribution,” Said Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s Captain, After Beating the West Indies

This victory puts New Zealand up 1-0 against West Indies in their T20I series.

New Zealand’s captain, Kane Williamson, expressed satisfaction at having helped his team win after their 13-run first T20I triumph over West Indies. New Zealand beat West Indies by 13 runs in the first Twenty20 International at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Wednesday, thanks to strong batting from captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper-batter Devon Conway and superb bowling from Mitchell Santner.

“Feels good to finally win something. It was nice to see such a good show. It feels great to finally cross the finish line, because we know this West Indies team is capable of incredible things. It was enjoyable to take on supporting responsibilities for the team. Those cameo appearances were crucial in keeping the momentum of the game going. The West Indies team usually has firepower, so they just needed to keep their cool and carry out their strategies “Williamson declared after the game.

Because of this victory, New Zealand now holds a 1-0 advantage in the series.

New Zealand scored 185 runs for five in 20 overs during their first innings. For New Zealand, key contributions came from batsmen Kane Williamson (47 runs off 33 balls), Devon Conway (43 runs off 29 balls), and all-rounder James Neesham (33* runs off 15 balls). The New Zealand batsmen struggled to put together large partnerships, with the exception of the 62-run stand between openers Martin Guptill (16) and Conway.

Tempo: moderate Bowling-wise, West Indies was led by Odean Smith, who finished with 3/32. Both Jason Holder and Obed McCoy managed to capture a wicket.

While attempting to score 186 runs, the West Indies consistently lost wickets and were eventually reduced to 5/79. For the Windies, Shamarh Brooks scored 42 points. Romario Shepherd (31 not out) and Odean Smith (27 not out) put together a 58-run stand to save Windies from 7/114. They tried to help their team win, but they came up 13 runs short.

For New Zealand, Santner was the best bowler, finishing with 3/19. One wicket was taken by Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Ish Sodhi.

For his outstanding play on the field, Santner was named “Man of the Match.”

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