WI vs NZ, 3rd T20I Highlights: “With experience, I understand myself more” says Brandon King

West Indies defeated New Zealand by 8 wickets in the third and final T20I after they chased down the target of 146 with one over to spare.

New Zealand ended up winning the series 2-1. Earlier. the hosts were outplayed with bat and ball by the visitors, who took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

At Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica: Black Caps 145-7 (Glenn Phillips 41 off 27, Kane Williamson 24 off 27; Odean Smith 3-29, Akeal Hossain 2-28) lost to the West Indies 150-2 in 19 overs (Shamarh Brooks 56no off 59, Brandon King 53 off 35) by eight wickets

Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat, but his innings of 24 off 27 balls summed up his side’s efforts as they posted just 145-7 from their 20 overs.

The pitch at Sabina Park in Kingston was the same one used for matches one and two, where the Black Caps posted imposing totals of 185-5 and 215-5, but they struggled to get to grips with it this time out.

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein took 2-28 in his return to the West Indies’ lineup, while seamer Odean Smith took 3-29, his best effort of the series.

In the Reply, West Indies Openers Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks combined for a partnership of 102 runs off 79 balls and made 53 off 35 and 56 not out off 59 respectively in the eight-wicket win Powell hurried the end by striking 27 from 15 balls.

“It was very special being able to do this at home in front of everybody,” King said. “The support is incredible, my family is here and I’m happy to be able to deliver. I think consistency is the key. When you’re an opening batsman you try to give your team a good start.

“Today credit has to be given to the bowlers. They did an excellent job for us and made my job that much easier.”

The teams meet in the first of three ODIs on Wednesday.

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