In the first Twenty20 International between New Zealand and West Indies, Martin Guptill was dismissed by a spectacular one-handed catch from Shimron Hetmyer.
On Wednesday, West Indies played New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International (T20I), and while they lost, they played well. The best fielding performance came from Shimron Hetmyer, whose one-handed catch in the deep allowed Martin Guptill to score the team’s first run. Put in to bat by Nicholas Pooran, New Zealand were getting off to a good start and establishing a solid opening combination when Odean Smith sent Guptill and Devon Conway packing off consecutive deliveries in the eighth over.
In an effort to avoid a long and low delivery from Smith, Guptill was the first to go. The ball was headed for the stands, but Hetmyer, rushing backward from point, leaped and snatched it out of the air with his left hand, giving his team an unexpected wicket.
West Indies weren’t finished there, though; wicketkeeper Devon Thomas displayed another excellent fielding effort off the very next delivery.
Smith attempted a short down the leg side to Conway, who, anticipating a pull, gloved the ball high in the air.
The problem was that Thomas had already started to move to his right when the ball went up toward the off-side behind Conway.
But he instantly adjusted his course and dove to his left, where he made a spectacular one-handed catch.
After abruptly falling to 62/2, New Zealand was rescued by skipper Kane Williamson, who, in his first Twenty20 International (T20I) since the 2021 T20 World Cup final, scored 47 runs off 33 deliveries.
James Neesham contributed a crucial cameo of 33*(15) to assist New Zealand reach 185/5.
The tourists won by 13 runs in Kingston thanks in large part to Mitchell Santner’s 3/19 off of four overs, which contributed to keeping West Indies to 172 all out.
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