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Twitter Reactions: Colin Munro’s record third T20I ton propels NZ to series victory

New Zealand won the 3-match series 2-0.

Colin Munro
Colin Munro of the New Zealand Black Caps celebrates his century. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

When the Windies side took the field for the final game of their New Zealand tour, they hoped to retain some pride with a consolation win. The shortest format of the game has been their preferred format in the recent times. Having lost the first T20I, the visitors were desperate to win in the final game after the second match of the series was washed out.

A win would have given their first win on the tour. Earlier, they were whitewashed in the 2-match Test series and the 3-match ODI series. Certainly, the men from the Caribbean were all pumped up. But little did they know that they would end up getting embarrassed big time by a spectacular show of T20 batsmanship. New Zealand opener Colin Munro was at his phenomenal best in the match.

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The hard-hitting Kiwi opener smashed his third T20I ton and became the first cricketer to achieve the monumental feat. He hammered 104 off just 53 deliveries with 3 fours and 10 towering sixes. Munro perished in the final over of the Kiwi innings. Earlier in the game, Munro and Martin Guptill had provided a solid start to the hosts.

The dangerous duo put on a 136 run stand for the first wicket in just 69 deliveries. Guptill departed on 63 that came off 38 deliveries in the 12th over of the game. Tom Bruce played a little cameo of 23 off 14 balls. Anaru Kitchen, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner – all managed to hit a six each in the match to see the New Zealand score propel to 243/5 in the stipulated 20 overs.

Munro, undoubtedly, was the star of the innings. This was New Zealand’s highest T20I total in the history of the game. In the run chase, Windies seemed to have embarrassed themselves even further. With both openers, Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton, departing for ducks in the very first over, the omen was already there to be seen.

The wickets kept tumbling and Windies could never really get in to the run chase. Had there not been a certain 46 from Andre Fletcher, they could have ended up bundling out for a score under 100. In any case, New Zealand registered a thumping win to seal the series 2-0 and successfully tourwashed the visiting West Indies team.

Here is how the Twitterati reacted to the game:

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