A four-wicket haul by New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris led the Black Caps to a remarkable seven-run win against the West Indies in a Twenty20 World Cup warm-up cricket game at Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Styris’ haul of four for 18 sparked a West Indies collapse, which saw them lose nine wickets for 31, as they slumped to 117 in their 20 overs while chasing a paltry target of 125.
At once stage the Windies looked to be marching home with openers Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle scoring 68 for the first wicket in nine overs.
Chanderpaul scored 53 off 47, including four fours and two sixes, while Gayle smashed 35 from 27 balls, including a four and four sixes.
Gayle’s dismissal triggered the batting collapse, as Styris dismissed Dwayne Bravo in his first over and then sent Ramnaresh Sarwan and Narsingh Deonarine packing in his next before returning later to dismiss D Sammy, Stuff.co.nz reports.
Other significant contributions from New Zealand bowlers came from fast bowler Shane Bond, who finished with two for 15 off 3.4 overs, and skipper Daniel Vettori, with two for 46.
Earlier, New Zealand chose to bat first, but suffered a spectacular collapse to be 37 for six in the 10th over.
However, they staggered to 124 with Ross Taylor top-scoring with 50 off 35 balls, including two fours and four sixes, and a late surge by Jacob Oram scoring 46 not out off 40 balls, including three fours and two sixes.
The pair cracked 60 off 7.3 overs before Taylor was bowled by paceman Ravi Rampaul.
New Zealand: 124-8 (Ross Taylor 50, Jacob Oram 36 not out; Sulieman Benn 2-12)
West Indies: 117 all out (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 53, Chris Gayle 35; Scott Styris 4-18)