Munro hits 3rd T20 ton, New Zealand beat WIndies by 119 runs

BY AP • January 3, 2018

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) Colin Munro became the first player from any country to score three centuries in Twenty20 internationals when he smashed 104 from 53 balls as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 119 runs Wednesday to sweep the three-match series.

Munro surpassed the West Indies' Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, India's Rohit Sharma and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, who all have two centuries in T20 internationals, when he reached his century from 47 balls as New Zealand made 243-5 batting first.

The West Indies were all out for 124 in reply as New Zealand completed a 2-0 sweep of the T20 international series.

The tour was one of the worst in West Indies history as they also lost the two-test series 2-0 and the three-match one-day international series 3-0, ending their New Zealand tour without a win.

Munro cleared the fence at the Bay Oval 10 times. Australia's Aaron Finch holds the record at 14 sixes in a T20 international.

''I think sometimes those innings just come around and I was lucky to get a few out of the middle today,'' Munro said.

Munro shared a 136-run partnership with Martin Guptill for the first wicket as New Zealand took a risk and batted first on losing the toss on a night on which showers were forecast. The openers put on 50 from 27 balls and 100 from 57 balls.

The only batsman capable of blasting the West Indies to victory was Gayle, but he was out to only the fifth ball of the West Indies' innings, one of two batsmen to fall in the opening over.

Chadwick Walton was caught off the first ball by Munro from Tim Southee's bowling and Gayle fell for a duck four ball later, Southee's second of three wickets.

''I think we all know where we went wrong. We just didn't execute with the ball,'' West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said. ''Colin Munro has had a great couple of months with the bat and he took the game away from us.''

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