West Indies captain Kieron Powell has just emerged from managed isolation to play in the match after also taking part in the IPL.
The Blackcaps will battle West Indies and Pakistan in three Twenty20 matches and two Test matches each, as well as face Australia in five Twenty20 matches, before rounding off the summer against Bangladesh with 3 ODIs and as many T20Is.
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard dominated the first round, shooting 75 of 37 balls to take the West Indies to 180/7 at the end of the first rounds.
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Conway made 29-ball 41 with five fours and a six whereas Oshane Thomas took two wickets for the Caribbean side.
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Openers Andre Fletcher and Brandon King gave the West Indies and explosive start to their innings as New Zealand turned in a wayward bowling display. Ferguson and Tim Southee put the Kiwis on the driver's seat.
Pollard nearly swung momentum back to the West Indies single-handedly, clubbing eight sixes and four fours to ensure his team set a competitive target. Ferguson also got Keemo Paul to nick one to Seifert, making him just the second New Zealander after Southee to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is, but the challenge for New Zealand was always to restrict Pollard.
But Neesham, who scored 48 from 24 balls, steered the New Zealanders home with Mitchell Santner, who hit a six to claim victory with four balls to spare.
Coming to the crease with the Black Caps' chase of 180 faltering at 34/2 after nearly four overs, Phillips proceeded to shift the innings into another gear, and nearly severely injured himself in the process.
Umpires: Chris Brown and Wayne Knights, New Zealand. Persistent showers meant the innings were reduced to 16 and many players, particularly the tourists, were rusty after only emerging from Covid-19 quarantine on Thursday. He bowled four no-balls in all, the first for overstepping, and then all of the others for high full-tosses, and though there were no boundaries scored, Neesham and Santner kept the score ticking over.