New Zealand beat West Indies by five runs in World Cup thriller as centurion Carlos Brathwaite is caught on the boundary rope in astonishing finale
- New Zealand maintain unbeaten World Cup record with five-run win on Saturday
- West Indies collapsed from 142 for two to 164 for seven at Old Trafford
- Carlos Brathwaite took Windies close with incredible 81-ball 101
- Chris Gayle hit 87 and was dropped three times as Windies went on the charge
- Captain Kane Williamson led New Zealand to 291 for eight by hitting 148
- Kiwis lost openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro to first ball ducks
‘Carlos Brathwaite, remember the name,’ bellowed Ian Bishop. It had been one of sport’s most memorable finishes if not commentaries.
The words of his fellow West Indian formed a reasonable enough demand given that the previously unheralded Brathwaite had just hammered four consecutive final-over sixes off Ben Stokes to win the World Twenty20 three years ago.
Trouble is, the 30-year-old man mountain has done his level best to be forgotten ever since.
Carlos Brathwaite is consoled by Ross Taylor after taking West Indies so close to victory
Trent Boult holds on to the catch on the boundary rope to dismiss Brathwaite for 101
Brathwaite celebrates after reaching an astonishing 80-ball hundred for West Indies
Brathwaite’s extraordinary hitting kept West Indies in the game as the wickets tumbled
Until this heady Saturday night in Manchester that is, when his mountainous hitting put West Indies within a matter of inches of another incredible against-the-odds victory.
Like Stokes, however, it was Brathwaite this time that sank to his haunches in despair when, at 9.40pm, Trent Boult managed to keep his feet inside the boundary rope at long-on to intercept a muscled stroke that, had it travelled its full distance, would have sealed a spectacular one-wicket heist.
As the short-of-a-length delivery from Jimmy Neesham was pumped into the jade Mancunian skyline, those left littering the stands held their collective breath.
Instead of one of the most astonishing run chases of all time, however, New Zealand had won by five runs, a result that maintained their unbeaten record and returned them to the top of the table.
Colin de Grandhomme is congratulated after taking the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle
Lockie Ferguson (left) took two wickets in two balls to turn the game in New Zealand’s favour
Chris Gayle looks to smash the ball into the leg side as West Indies chase victory on Saturday
The 39-year-old was dropped on three occasions, first of all by fast bowler Trent Boult
Gayle was then dropped on the deep square-leg boundary by Matt Henry off Mitchell Santner
Momentum appeared to be with the Windies, despite their mid-innings implosion of five wickets for 22 runs that had reduced them to 164 for seven.
But Brathwaite brought up just his second 50 in 38 one-day internationals – before this match he averaged just 14.44 with the bat – before launching an incredible late assault that took him to three figures and within one blow of a very different result.
The 48th over appeared to have changed its course. For Stokes 2016 read Matt Henry 2019.
The first three balls all soared for six, and Brathwaite took 25 runs all told, farming the strike for the 49th, as he had done relatively successfully in putting on 122 for the final three wickets.
No 11 Oshane Thomas finished unbeaten on nought, having arrived at the crease with 47 runs required from 30 deliveries.
Gayle celebrates after taking the crucial wicket of New Zealand’s Ross Taylor off his bowling
Gayle holds onto his right shoulder after his exuberant celebration of the wicket
Sheldon Cottrell is joined by captain Jason Holder in celebrating the wicket of Colin Munro
Kane Williamson celebrates after scoring his second consecutive century of the World Cup
Williamson pulls a shot on his way to a match-winning 148 after the Kiwis were seven for two
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