New Zealand and West Indies played out a classic encounter in Old Trafford during their ICC Cricket World Cup clash on Saturday.
With six needing off the last ball in their run-chase of 292, CARLOS Brathwaite’s century went in vain as he was caught by Trent Boult at long-on off James Neesham’s delivery.
Victory saw New Zealand return to the top of the table and all but secure their place in the semi-finals as a heart-breaking defeat left the West Indies on the verge of elimination.
Earlier, veteran opener Chris Gayle threatened to make New Zealand pay dearly for dropping him three times during a typically blistering 87 off just 84 balls including eight fours and six sixes that delighted a near-capacity crowd.
But he eventually holed out during a collapse that saw five wickets lost for 22 runs in 28 balls.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the close-fought encounter:
There is still some hope for the Windies in the tournament!
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) June 22, 2019
All hail Captain Kane!
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) June 23, 2019
Is this the most unpredictable World Cup, after all?
Huge praise for the man of the moment!
Great innings by Carlos Brathwaite. 12 inches away from glory, from another great moment in cricket.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 22, 2019
With inputs from AFP
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