West Indies Beat New Zealand By 13 Runs

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West Indies vs New Zealand, 26th Match, Group C at Trinidad, Jun 12, 2024,
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Published on: Jun 13, 2024

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Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and put west indies in to bat .Rutherford’s unbeaten 68 off 39 balls (two fours, six sixes) lifted the home side from the depths of 30 for five in the seventh over to a competitive 149 for nine.

Chasing 150, New Zealand lost wickets in a quick succession and were restricted to 136/9 in 20 overs. For NZ, Glenn Phillips was the top-scorer with 40 runs. For WI, Joseph scalped four wickets while Gudakesh Motie scalped three. Apart from them, Akeal Hosein also scalped one wicket.

Only Glenn Phillips (40 off 33 balls) caused any real worries for the West Indies but when he fell to Joseph in the 18th over the match was effectively over as a contest, despite Mitchell Santner belting three sixes off Romario Shepherd in the final over.

With the win West Indies have qualified for the Super Eight and New Zealand have only slimmest of the chances to make it to the next round of the tournament.

Rovman Powell West Indies captain: I’m very happy, we find ourselves in some trouble and two guys went deep. We already discussed that somebody had to play a blinder, it was not an easy wicker for the inclement weather. Sherfane’s innings was fantastic and gave us confidence during the innings break. What the New Zealand bowlers tried to do well we tried to replicate. At the halfway mark we sat down and discussed trying to hit a hard length and our spinners to spin the ball. We have got to use what we have, we don’t have fast bowlers like New Zealand. Credit to them (spinners) even with a wet ball, they did well. Such a brilliant night and someone had to stand up and be counted.

Kane Williamson New Zealand captain: It was good, we had an inkling it would be quite tricky if we hit an area and that proved to be the case. The quality of Sherfane’s innings was the difference, incredibly impressive and quite frustrating for us. The batting depth from their side was quite beneficial, we took the aggressive option to take the wicket and T20 is a game of small margins and unfortunately did not work out that way. [on Santner bowling the last over] We know that and we have full trust in that, the guys did that well in the first 12 overs but as I said it’s small margins and two three balls in an over can go big and the score can be above par. You get the prep and do what you can. Conditions here are what they are and we can’t make excuses. We need to keep getting better and keep finding a way, 10-15 runs that can make a big difference. We need to bounce back quickly, we are back in two days, we need to be smarter. The learnings are important and we need to pick ourselves up and go again

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