Wellington: Taylor steady and Luke Ronchi aggressive maiden T20 fifty helps New Zealand beat West Indies by four wickets in 19 overs at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Wednesday.
The four-wicket win gave New Zealand the Twenty20 series 2-0 to go with their 2-0 win in the Tests. The one-day internationals were shared 2-2, the West Indies' only success on their six-week tour.
After New Zealand won the first Twenty20 by 81 runs, they were struggling at 79-5 in the second match before a 68-run partnership between Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi turned the innings around.
Taylor played the anchor role with 39 off 41 balls while Ronchi belted an unbeaten 51 off 28 deliveries in an innings that included four fours and two sixes.
The pair were particularly harsh on West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo in the 15th over when they took 17 runs to reduce the target from 54 off 36 balls to a more manageable 37 off 30.
They then took 15 off the 17th over by Jason Holder and although Taylor gave his wicket away with a mistimed slog-sweep to Chadwick Walton at deep midwicket New Zealand were then in a position to coast to victory.
The outcome could have been different had the West Indies been more alert with their fielding.
Jesse Ryder was dropped twice as he raced to a quick 23 in nine balls, and Brendon McCullum received a life on his way to 17.
But the biggest bungle was missing two chances to remove man of the match Ronchi on the first ball he faced.
Andre Russell dropped a caught and bowled opportunity and when Ronchi scampered through for a quick single Tino Best was astray with his run out throw at the stumps.
Earlier, a swashbuckling 55 from Denesh Ramdin lifted the West Indies to 159 for 5.
The West Indies, who won the toss and elected to bat first, appeared to have lost their way when reduced to 67/4 in the 11th over before Ramdin joined Andre Fletcher in the middle.
They put on 70 for the fifth wicket which ended when Fletcher (40) opted to sacrifice himself after he and Ramdin ended up at the same end in a running mix up.
Ramdin carried on through to the end to be unbeaten on 55 off 31 balls in an innings which included three sixes and three fours.
It was a good recovery for the West Indies who lost their first wicket in the fourth over when promising New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne removed Johnson Charles for seven.
Milne also had Chadwick Walton caught behind for a three-ball duck to finish with figures of two for 22.
Mitchell McClenaghan, back in the side with Tim Southee rested, had Lendl Simmons caught in the deep for 29 and Nathan McCullum bowled Dwayne Bravo for 12.
Earlier, West Indies have won the toss and opted to bat.
Denesh Ramdin and Jason Holder come in for Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree.
New Zealand: Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (Capt.), Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne
West Indies: Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Dwayne Bravo (Capt.), Chadwick Walton, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Nikita Miller, Tino Best
West Indies 159 for 5 (Ramdin 55*, Fletcher 40, Milne 2-22)
New Zealand 163 for 6 (Ronchi 51*, Taylor 39, Russell 2-16, Narine 2-18, Holder 2-34)
Result New Zealand won by 4 wickets
MOM Luke Ronchi (New Zealand)