Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

West Indies vs New Zealand- Statistical Highlights

West Indies vs New Zealand- Statistical Highlights

Kane Williamson scored his second successive hundred to set up New Zealand's win over West Indies.

Former captain Daniel Vettori has praised New Zealand for holding their nerve as West Indies batsman Carlos Brathwaite launched a blistering Cricket World Cup onslaught.

Yesterday's clash was a lengthy game - the West Indies' bowling innings finished almost 30 minutes behind schedule as well - but the Black Caps' time infringements likely came as a result of their intense discussions and planning at the death when bowling to Carlos Brathwaite.

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Needing six to win off seven balls at Old Trafford, Brathwaite attempted to grab glory with one shot but his heave over mid-on was caught by Trent Boult just inside the boundary rope, to the delight of the Kiwis and the despair of Jason Holder's team.

Nobody really gave him a chance of getting so close.

"New Zealand know that those two are going to be brilliant and that they can rely on them more often than not", said Vettori. I was just willing it to go up and up and up.

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"Down the ground but FIELDER UNDERNEATH AND TAKEN". He kept losing partners at the other end but the big-hitter took the match deep into the final overs like most finishers do.

Ross Taylor hit a three off the last ball of an extraordinary first over to leave New Zealand 10-2. The Caribbeans needed only eight in the last two overs and Black Caps captain Kane Williamson tossed the ball to James Neesham who had given 31 off five at that point of time.

Boult, too, swung back into action with the ball with figures of 4-30 before his vital catch, striking early and late in a welcome return to his risky best.

That West Indies came so close to victory is a credit to Brathwaite, who arrived at the crease with his side mid-collapse and attempting to weather a storm from the New Zealand pace bowlers.

His 148 off 154 balls followed the first over departures of openers Guptill and Munro, the latter again under pressure for his spot, as New Zealand posted an above par 291-8. Veteran Ross Taylor was the second highest run-scorer with 69 runs off 95 deliveries. It was nearly a fairytale innings in a must-win World Cup game.

"I'm obviously devastated not to get over the line, but also giving thanks for the performance".

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