The first T20I between West Indies and New Zealand on Wednesday witnessed some extraordinary fielding by the West Indies players at the Jamaica’s Sabina Park.
Shimron Hetmyer set the stage with a one-handed stunner to oust Kiwi opener Martin Guptill and what followed was another remarkable catch from Hayden Walsh Junior.
The latter took an outstanding catch at square leg to dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. Odean Smith bowled a short delivery to Williamson and the latter, who was batting on 47 off 32 balls, pulled it towards square leg searching a boundary but Hayden Walsh's catch deprived him of a fifty.
The ball was almost touching surface near the square leg boundary but Hayden Walsh covered good ground running from the backward square leg and put a brilliant dive to complete the stunning catch.
Watch Hayden Walsh Junior's catch to dismiss Kane Williamson below:
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In the match, West Indies' season of white ball woe continued as New Zealand completed a 13-run win in the first T20I of the three-match series. The Black Caps put up a formidable 185 for five batting first in a rain-interrupted innings ahead of their premier bowlers combined to limit the Caribbean side to 172 for seven in response.
Devon Conway (43 off 29) and Kane Williamson (47 off 33) led the Kiwi innings, while it was Mitchell Santner (3 for 19 in four overs) who excelled with the ball in the second innings.