West Indies beat New Zealand by 56 runs in the first T20 international at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, Florida.
Any worries that the first Twenty20 international in Lauderhill, Florida, would be a dreary contest because of a slow pitch were allayed by an exhibition of power hitting from the West Indian batsmen, much to the delight of the strong Caribbean contingent in the crowd. Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle were the headliners, hitting missiles into the stands during a 108-run partnership plundered at almost 16 runs an over. Gayle began his innings watchfully but then accelerated to build a sound platform, which allowed Pollard to explode from the get-go and set a target that was comfortably out of New Zealand's reach.
New Zealand started well but could not keep up the pressure as the steep target took a toll on them. Later captain Ross Taylor too retired hurt to diminish any hopes of a fightback. Ronnie Hira did not bat due to his dislocated finger. Rob Nicol top scored for New Zealand with a well compiled 32. It was the wily Sunil Narine who with figures of 3-34 in his quota of four overs, put the brakes on the New Zealand scoring.