After a not so good start to the ongoing World Cup, the real flavour of cricket started to get tasted by the cricket fans for a past few days. Australia versus Bangladesh match’s run fest which was followed by Srilanka’s sensation yesterday this Saturday turned out as a thriller contest in a double header.
New Zealand defeated West Indies by 5 runs on Saturday to go top of the 2019 World Cup points table with five victories from six matches.
Newzealand came back strong with Williamson’s master class 148 after losing both the openers in the very first over by the Sheldon Cotrell’s fiery spell who took 4 wickets eventually.
Taylor’s support with 69 from the other end is the only notable performance among New Zealand batsmen. Kiwis posted 291 on the board for the loss of 8 wickets.
Windies also started poor a big run chase as Boult struck early galloping Hope and Pooran inside first 10. But the Universal Boss paced his innings well who started to middle the ball lately.
Gayle who has survived a couple of times, scored 87 off 84 balls who was greatly accompanied by Hetmyer’s half-century. But Gayle’s dismissal opened the gates of Windies as Ferguson took two in two getting the better of dangerous Hetmyer and Skipper Holder.
Then came Carlos Brathwaite who played innings of his life while other Windies batsmen falling for single digits. At the time Windies lost 8th wicket, they still needed 81 runs to win and Carlos went on fighting by stiching 34 runs with Cottrell and 41 runs with Thomas for the last two wickets respectively.
He was caught on the boundary as last wicket when west Indies needed 6 runs off 7 balls after hitting a magnificent 82 ball 101 which included 9 boundaries and 5 massive hits. Kane Williamson was awarded the ‘Man of the Match.’
Notably, West Indies had last defeated New Zealand in a World Cup match in the 1999 edition.