It was a do-or-die game for both teams as New Zealand had lost both their previous fixtures in the super 8 and West Indies had won only one game. The loser would be out of the tournament.
Ross Taylor won the toss and chose to bowl against the West Indies, who again, failed to score big and kept losing wickets regularly. They ended up getting bowled out with three balls to spare in the innings after scoring 139 runs. Chris Gayle top-scored with 30 off 13 balls with Tim Southee and the young Doug Bracewell both picking up 3 wickets.
It looked an easy chase for the kiwis with their power-packed batting line-up. But they went down the same road as the windies and kept losing wicket regularly. Sunil Narine kept West Indies in the game till the last over with the excellent figures of 3-20. Despite scoring 62 off 30 balls, the skipper Ross Taylor couldn’t take the kiwis across the line and the game ended up in a tie which meant New Zealand would appear in their second super-over eliminator in the Super-8s and in the tournament.
Surprisingly, Darren Sammy picked Marlon Samuels to bowl their over against Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum who ended up leaking 18 runs. The confidence of the Kiwis didn’t last long, however, as Tim Southee bowled a no-ball and a full toss first up to Chris Gayle who put it away easily for a maximum. 4 balls, 7 runs and one wide later, Marlon Samuels made up for his poor bowling as he put away another full toss from Southee for a maximum, taking the Windies across the line.
New Zealand are now out of the tournament having lost all three matches and the West Indies now depend on Sri Lanka to beat England so that they can qualify for the semi-finals.
The blog was first published on the defunct KheloPakistan.com.