New Zealand managed to eke out a narrow win over West Indies in the 29th game of ICC Cricket World Cup played at Old Trafford in Manchester. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite delivered a spectacular innings to nearly help West Indies pull off a heist.
Chasing 292 runs to win, West Indies got off to worse possible as Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran perished in quick succession. Trent Boult picked up two wickets with the new-ball to see New Zealand take control of the game.
Chris Gayle smashed two sixes and a four off the bowling of Henry. Shimron Hetymer provided ideal support to the other end. He brought half-century off 51 balls, after smashing a wide delivery from Neesham. Hetmyer decided to shift gears and decided to take on the bowlers to keep the scoreboard ticking for West Indies.
Gayle plundered three sixe off the bowling of spinner Mitchell Santner. Left-hander added 122 runs with Shimron Hetymer to lead recovery for West Indies. Hetmyer scored 54 off 45 balls with the help of eight fours and a six.
Gayle chipped in with 87 off 84 balls with the help of eight fours and six sixes in his innings. Medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme dismissed Gayle to see West Indies lose their fifth wicket with 152 runs on the board.
Pace bowler Lockie Ferguson dismissed Captain Jason Holder for a first-ball duck. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite played exceedingly well and took the game down to the wire. He added crucial partnerships with Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas to see West Indies needing another 47 runs off 30 balls.
Brathwaite decided to take on Matt Henry, who was smashed for three sixes and a four to see the equation come down to 33 off 18 balls. Medium-pacer James Neesham used variable pace to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite to see New Zealand win the game by 5 runs.
For New Zealand, Pace bowler Trent Boult was the standout bowler with four wickets to his name. Lockie Ferguson also conceded 59 runs and three wickets in the match. Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner were expensive with the ball in this game.
Kane Williamson and Trent Boult deliverd match winning performances to see New Zealand win the game by West Indies by 5 runs in a World Cup game played at Old Tafford.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand got off to a poor start as Martin Guptill and Colin Munro perished for low scores. Sheldon Cottrell got rid of the openers early in the innings to put New Zealand on top in the game.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor decided to take rebuild innings after New Zealand lost both their openers early in the innings. The duo put on a 160-run partnerships to lead a tremendous fightback for the side in the innings. Captain Kane Williamson notched up his 13th ton in limited-overs cricket. He scored 148 off 154 balls with the help of 14 fours and a six.
Ross Taylor also chipped in with half-century and played a supporting role to Williamson. He scored 69 off 95 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner also chipped in with cameos to see New Zealand register 291 for 8 in 50 overs.
For West Indies, Left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name.