New Zealand defeated West Indies by 5 runs in a heart-break match on Saturday. This is the fifth victory in the current tournament of New Zealand. With this defeat, the Caribbean team’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals in the current tournament were greatly reduced. New Zealand batted first and scored 291 for 8 wickets in 50 overs, thanks to a brilliant century by captain Kane Williamson (148).
In reply, West Indies were all out for 286 in 49 overs. Carlos Brathwaite’s (101) century flush in the water.
Boult Starts The Spoiled West Indies Batting Line-Up
West Indies start chasing a target of 292 runs achieved by New Zealand and fast bowlers Trent Bolt started spoiled their inning by direct bowled to Shai Hope. After this, Bolt gave them second blow by catching Nicholas Pooran (1) in the hands of Latham.
After two wickets falling on 20 runs, West Indies took over the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle (87) and Shimron Heitmeyer (54). Both shared a 122-run partnership for the third wicket. Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer completed their half-centuries. Gayle scored 87 runs in 84 balls with 8 fours and 8 sixes. Shimron Hetmyer scored 54 runs in 45 balls with eight fours and a six.
Fall Of Wickets Again
Lockie Ferguson made a strong return to New Zealand in the match. He cleaned Shimron Hetmyer by clean-bowled. On the next ball, Lockie Ferguson catch-out the West Indies captain Jason Holder to Latham hand for a fourth blow to the Caribbean team. Chris Gayle’s innings ended and missed his century by 13 runs. He was catch-out by de Grandhomme in the hands of Trent Bolt. After this Bolt then returned to form and made Ashley Nurse (1) and Evin Lewis own prey.
Breathtaking Storm Inning Of Carlos Brathwaite
After this Carlos Brathwaite took the front. He brought the West Indies very close to the target for victory. Carlos Brathwaite scored his first century in ODI career. He completed their century in 80 balls with 9 fours and five sixes.
As Carlos Brathwaite was dismissed, New Zealand won the match by 5 runs. Trent Boult took four wickets for New Zealand. Lockie Ferguson got three wickets, while Matt Henry, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme got one wicket each.