Auckland New Zealand beat West Indies by five wickets in the rain-fed first T20 cricket match on Friday by Duckworth Lewis, with the help of Lockie Ferguson's superb fast bowling and Jimmy Neesham's unbeaten 48 runs. Neesham scored his highest score in T20 cricket and shared a 77-run partnership with Devon Conway (41). He also shared an unbroken 39-run partnership with Mitchell Santner (31 not out) to lead New Zealand to victory with four balls to spare. The West Indies batting first scored 180 for seven wickets while the match was reduced to 16 overs per team due to rain.
In response, New Zealand scored 176 for five, losing the revised target by five wickets. Captain Kieron Pollard scored an unbeaten 75 off 37 balls for the West Indies, hitting four sixes and eight fours in his innings. The rain disrupted the Caribbean innings three times. Ferguson took a wicket on the very first ball and took one more wicket in the same over. He took five wickets for 21 runs. He became the second Kiwi bowler after Tim Southee to take five wickets in a T20 match.
New Zealand had lost four wickets for 63 runs at one time. After this new player Conway played Neesham very well. After Conway's dismissal, Neesham and Santner took over the innings and led the team to victory.