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ICC World Cup: Windies pipped by New Zealand in thriller

- as Carlos R. Brathwaite’s hundred fails to take WI over the line
Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor was the first New Zealand player to go over and console Carlos R. Brathwaite. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand players celebrate the fall of West Indies skipper Jason O. Holder for a duck. Photo: Reuters
New Zealand players celebrate the fall of West Indies skipper Jason O. Holder for a duck. Photo: Reuters
GREAT MANCHESTER, England, UK- After West Indies seemed certain of defeat after finding themselves at 164 for 7 responding to 291 against New Zealand, Carlos R. Brathwaite smashed a ton to take West Indies to 6 runs within sight of victory at Old Trafford yesterday, June 22, 2019. But it was not to be.

On their last wicket but with an over to spare, Brathwaite tried to end the game in emphatic fashion but his attempted hit for six was caught on the very edge of the boundary by Trent A. Boult.

At one stage West Indies were cruising at 142/2 in the 23rd over but Lockie Ferguson's dismissal of Shimron O. Hetmyer (54) and Jason O. Holder (0) off successive deliveries triggered a collapse which ultimately laid the foundation for West Indies' downfall.

Opener Christopher H. Gayle took the responsibility for his team early on, with a counter-attacking 87 off 84 balls and stitched together a 122-run partnership with Hetmyer for the 3rd wicket.

Boult was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 4/22 as Carlos Brathwaite, who made 101 off just 82 balls, was the only other recognized batsman to have scored in double digits for West Indies.

Almost there!

Brathwaite did rekindle hopes of a come-from-behind victory for WI as he added 47 and 34 runs respectively with Kemar Roach (14) and Sheldon Cottrell (15) after the fall of the 7th wicket. But it proved a case of so near yet so far as he fell as the last wicket trying to finish the chase off with a six.

Realising he has fallen centimetres shot, Brathwaite slumped to the ground in tears while New Zealand players streamed in jubilation towards each other before going over to the West Indies all-rounder.

Afterwards, Brathwaite apologised to West Indies fans for not getting his side over the line.

Earlier, captain Kane S. Williamson's second straight World Cup century (148) helped New Zealand set West Indies a target of 292 to win.

Cottrell, who took three catches and delivered a run-out, ended with figures of 4-56.

1 Response to “ICC World Cup: Windies pipped by New Zealand in thriller”

  • Charley Rose (23/06/2019, 12:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must congratulate the West Indies for the great fight that they exhibited during the replay to the New Zealand total. However, I would like the team to display a "cricketing intelligence". By that I meant to say that after such a good start, they need to be patient and try to score the runs along the ground where the cannot be caught. Instead of soring sixes and fours, they could score singles and two where they could still keep the scoreboard moving on.

    In all the matches that they played they had overs remaining and many of the batters were out. What they need is for someone to bat to the end. After Chris Gale and Hetmyer scored so rapidly, one of them could have batted with common-sense and take the team home to victory.

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