Kane Williamson’s newest World Cup batting masterclass proved simply sufficient to trump a shocking century from Carlos Brathwaite as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 5 runs in a World Cup thriller on Saturday.
The West Indies had been all however defeated at 164 for seven, chasing 292 to win after Black Caps skipper Williamson led a restoration from 7-2 with a career-best 148 to take New Zealand to 291-Eight.
Brathwaite’s exceptional hundred practically noticed the West Indies to an unimaginable success at Previous Trafford.
However with six wanted from seven balls, Brathwaite launched Jimmy Neesham for what he hoped could be the profitable hit, just for Trent Boult to take a perfectly judged catch simply contained in the long-on boundary.
Brathwaite sank to his knees in despair after falling for 101 off simply 82 balls, together with 5 sixes and 9 fours, having dominated a last-wicket stand of 41 during which he scored all of the runs.
Victory noticed New Zealand return to the highest of the desk and all however safe their place within the semi-finals as a heart-breaking defeat left the West Indies on the verge of elimination.
“The West Indies are extremely harmful, even down their order. Credit score to them, however credit score to our aspect for getting a aggressive whole,” Williamson stated.
“It is an important recreation of cricket, good to be on the profitable aspect. It has been an important studying curve for us.”
West Indies skipper Jason Holder added: “A troublesome recreation on the finish. I am pleased with the fellows, particularly Carlos Brathwaite.
“Getting so shut I assume it does make it more durable to take, however if you look all through the complete recreation, there have been one or two areas the place we fell down.”
Veteran opener Chris Gayle threatened to make New Zealand pay dearly for dropping him 3 times throughout a usually blistering 87 off simply 84 balls together with eight fours and 6 sixes that delighted a near-capacity crowd.
However he ultimately holed out throughout a collapse that noticed 5 wickets misplaced for 22 runs in 28 balls.
Stand-in opener Hope, batting up entrance after Evin Lewis was unable to accomplice Gayle after being off the sphere injured for many of New Zealand’s innings, performed on to Boult for only one — the primary wicket of a superb Four-30 in 10 overs for the tempo bowler
Gayle was first dropped on 15 when Boult floored a desperately tough likelihood off Matt Henry because the ball dropped over his shoulder.
Gayle responded by hitting paceman Henry’s subsequent two balls for six.
Luck runs out
He was subsequent reprieved on 58 when Henry dropped a routine likelihood at deep sq. leg off Mitchell Santner, with the spinner once more denied Gayle’s wicket in the identical over when Colin Munro was unable to cling on at deep midwicket.
Gayle’s luck ran out when he hoisted Colin de Grandhomme to the long-on boundary the place Boult held a protected catch.
Shimron Hetmyer made 54 however could not press on and when Kemar Roach edged Henry to wicket-keeper Tom Latham, West Indies had been 211-Eight.
However then got here a dramatic rally, with the sport turned on its head by a shocking 48th over from Henry that yielded 25 runs.
Brathwaite flat-batted a straight six and subsequent ball he hit a unprecedented one-handed six, the ball flying over backward level and the batsman breaking his bat within the course of.
However armed with a brand new bat, Brathwaite smashed a full toss straight over long-off for one more six after which top-edged a 4 earlier than scoring a single to maintain the strike.
Brathwaite then hit Neesham for 2 to finish a century.
Earlier, New Zealand had been 7-2 inside the primary over after Sheldon Cottrell eliminated openers Martin Guptill and Munro for golden geese.
However Williamson’s second successive World Cup hundred after a match-winning 106 not out towards South Africa on Wednesday — took New Zealand to a aggressive whole.
Williamson went to his 13th one-day worldwide hundred along with his eighth 4 when he pulled a unfastened ball from quick bowler Kemar Roach
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wkt), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wkt), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (capt), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas