The team from New Zealand started playing international matches for the first time in the Corona era. On Friday she hosted and triumphed in the West Indies in Auckland. In the first T20 match interrupted by the rain, New Zealand defeated West Indies by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. In the match played at Eden Park, the match passed until the last, but in the end, the stormy batting of Neesham and Santner helped New Zealand win.
In the match, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first, in response the West Indies made a brilliant start and shared 58 runs in 20 balls for the first wicket. But after this, the Caribbean team lost their four wickets one after the other at the score of 58, after which the team lost one more wicket by adding one run.
At one time it seemed that the West Indies team would not be able to score hundred runs and the New Zealand team would easily win the match. But after this, captain Kieron Pollard showed a tremendous game and hit 75 runs in just 37 balls. He hit four fours and eight sixes in his innings. Pollard shared an 84-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Fabian Allen. Because of this, the visiting team scored 180 runs in 20 overs. Meanwhile, New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson bowled his T20 career best and took five wickets for 21 runs in four overs.
Chasing the West Indies goal, the New Zealand team also did not have a good start and lost four wickets for 63 runs, however Conway scored 41 runs off 29 balls, then James Neesham was unbeaten in 24 balls in the last over. 48 and Mitchell Santner scored an unbeaten 31 in 18 balls with the help of three sixes and made the match in his favor.