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Windies crush Black Caps in Twenty20

July 1, 2012 - Lauderhill

New Zealand has made an awful start to their cricket tour against the West Indies.n sweltering heat in Lauderhill, Florida, the West Indies won the first Twenty20 international by 56 runs.

According to, the tourists were also counting the cost of injuries to captain Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram and Ronnie Hira ahead of game two on Sunday.

Oram and Hira left the field during the West Indies' record total of 209-2. Oram was limping badly on his right leg after diving awkwardly in the outfield, and Hira went to hospital for x-rays after suffering a nasty compound fracture of a finger on his left hand while trying to catch a Chris Gayle thunderbolt off his own bowling.

Gayle (85 not out off 52 balls) and Kieron Pollard (63 not out off 29) punished an errant New Zealand attack.

Then Taylor, who'd earlier tumbled in pain while dropping a catch offered by Pollard on 39, retired hurt on 10 with a sore left shoulder.

It was a day of carnage for the fielders at Central Broward Regional Stadium, with Pollard also departing the field early in New Zealand's innings after falling awkwardly on his right shoulder.

Needing to score at more than 10 an over, New Zealand never threatened the target and were dismissed for 153 with nine balls to spare, with Hira not batting and Taylor retired hurt.


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