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Ronchi stars as NZ seal series

Luke Ronchi again starred with the bat to guide New Zealand to a four-wicket win in the second T20 international against West Indies and a 2-0 series victory.

Having made an unbeaten 48 in the opening game in Auckland, wicketkeeper Ronchi this time smashed 51 off 28 balls to help guide his side past their victory target of 160 in Wellington.

The Black Caps finished on 163-6 with an over to spare after the tourists, who choose to bat first, posted 159-5 from their 20 overs.

Promising fast bowler Adam Milne (2-22) struck New Zealand's first blow with the ball in the fourth over as he had Johnson Charles well caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Martin Guptill.

Lendl Simmons would follow a couple of overs later as he became Mitchell McClenaghan's solitary victim having made a brisk 29 from 19 deliveries.

But it was the loss of Dwayne Bravo (12) and Chadwick Walton (duck) in consecutive overs to Nathan McCullum and Milne respectively that really halted the momentum of the innings as West Indies were reduced to 67-4.

Andre Mitchell (40) and Denesh Ramdin went about rebuilding and the pair put on 70 in seven overs before the former was run out with 14 balls left.

Ramdin on song

Some fine hitting from Ramdin (55 not out), who ended with three boundaries and three maximums, ensured he reached his half century and his side finished with something to defend.

They made an excellent start with the ball as the dangerous Guptill edged behind at the end of the opening over to give Jason Holder (2-34) the first of his two wickets.

The same bowler also accounted for Jesse Ryder who had started in blistering fashion with a battery of big shots seeing him race to 23 off just nine balls before picking out Simmons in the field.

Sunil Narin (2-18) trapped Brendon McCullum leg before for 17 just as looked set to cut loose and when Andre Johnson (2-16) accounted for Colin Munro and Corey Anderson in quick succession, New Zealand were wobbling at 79-5 just past the halfway point.

But Ronchi rode to the rescue as he formed a fine alliance with Ross Taylor, the duo putting on 68 for the sixth wicket to steer the hosts back towards victory.

Taylor - who played the anchor role - made 39 from 41 before picking out deep midwicket with a slog-sweep, while it was Ronchi who went on the attack, clearing the rope twice as he raced past 50.

Ultimately it was James Neesham (14 not out) who got the hosts over the line, the left-hander swinging Tino Best over mid-wicket for a huge six before pulling the same bowling down to fine leg for a match-clinching boundary.