ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time: 22 June 2019
RR: 5.83 | New Zealand beat West Indies by 5 runs
Right then! Another double header comes to an end. Two thrillers to boot. India beat Afghanistan at Southampton while New Zealand managed to shake off a powerful West Indian resurgence. The caravan moves to Lord's next where Pakistan take on South Africa in match 30 at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, admits that Trent Boult took a wonderful catch to seal the game but also admits that there were a few dropped catches today. Analyses the game as a brilliant one, with sixes bringing the run rate required down, then wickets pushing it back up before more sixes rained in. Praises his bowlers for their performance and just credits the West Indies batsmen as well for clean striking. Puts down this match as a massive learning experience. Kane says that such matches are very important as they help you learn and when such things happen against quality sides, you use that experience to end up on the right side of the result. Summarizes that from such matches, some things need to be learnt and taken forward while some need to be moved on from. On the possible team changes for the upcoming fixtures, Williamson says that the unit is fresh and because every team is so good, it becomes all the more important to try and win as many games as possible.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says that he is disappointed with the result but is proud of his team. Praises Chris Gayle for setting the tone. On the game overall, Holder is proud of the fight shown but also believes that one or two moments in the game could have been seized properly and the game could have been won. Blames the collapse in the middle order for the slipping of the momentum. Praises Roach and the tail for fighting hard. On the upcoming games, Jason wants to win all the matches and play for pride.
KANE WILLIAMSON HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Smiles on being asked about his heart rate and says that the West Indies are an unbelievable side. Admits that the Kiwis did not get the best of starts with the bat, crediting the Windies bowling but then believes that himself and Ross Taylor stitched a partnership. Is happy to finish on the right side. On the pitches in this tournament, Williamson says that from where they started, the tracks have got a lot slower and it feels nice to be adapting to the conditions. On his own innings and consistency, Kane says that his aim is only to contribute and every day is a fresh one, but his thoughts are more or less the same.
Full marks to the Kiwi bowlers. For doing well under pressure. Boult rocked the Windies early but then the Caribbeans launched into a counter-attack. Being under the pump, the Black Caps found a way to come back again with wickets of the middle order. Then once again, the game felt like going away before they held their nerve at the very end. Trent Boult was back at his best, with 4/30 in his 10 overs while Lockie Ferguson took 3. Matt Henry took a pounding and he will be thanking his stars that his batsmen managed to get those 5 runs more than the Windies. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Once the penultimate wicket fell, the big man took it upon himself to close the game. He started playing his shots but the killer blow came in the 48th over. Matt Henry was taken to the cleaners and he ended up conceding 25 and at that stage, it looked like the tables had turned. However, in the final moments, the big man could not quite take his team over the line.
Enter Carlos Brathwaite. Begin the fight. The never-say-die spirited man believed in himself and transferred the same onto his mates. First, he found an able partner in Kemar Roach, adding 47 for the 8th wicket, then got another 34 for the 9th, forming an alliance with Sheldon Cottrell.
When 292 was set as the target, not many gave the Windies a chance. And when they were reduced to 20/2, those chances went even down further. But Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer stitched a 122-run stand for the third wicket and that revived the hopes. However, a collapse from 142/2 to 164/7, all but sealed the deal. Or did it?
Spare a thought for Carlos Brathwaite. He is on his knees in disappointment, thinking what could have, what might have happened, had he got an extra metre on that shot. He slowly gets up now and starts shaking hands. What a game of cricket. What a day of cricket. A thriller at Southampton between India and Afghanistan and a thriller here. Wow. Just wow.
Unbelievable scenes at Manchester. How sporty are the Kiwis? They are not even celebrating. Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham are having a word with Brathwaite, consoling him. Well played, Brathwaite. But what a gesture by New Zealand. Hats off.
Jimmy Neesham to bowl the 49th over. 5-0-33-0 so far. Will there be a 50th? Will Carlos Brathwaite finish it off in this over itself? A century is there for the taking!
There is a mini-conference going on out there. Henry, Williamson, Boult and Santner are involved. Henry looks under immense pressure. Williamson is doing really well not to show any nerves. Just two men in the deep on the off side. Fine leg and third man are up. Will Henry bowl it full?
Oshane Thomas walks out at number 11. Can he hang in there and support Brathwaite?
Lockie Ferguson is back on! 8-0-51-2 so far.
Trent Boult returns. Williamson needs him to strike desperately. Can he finish things off? 8-1-22-4 so far.
Powerplay 3 signalled. Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle. Don't think this match will last till the 50th over.
Sheldon Cottrell is the new man in. He was terrific with the ball but can he deliver with the bat now?
Mitchell Santner is back for another go.
Matt Henry is back! Has not had the best of days so far both with the ball and in the field. 6-0-43-0 his figures.
Colin de Grandhomme is back! 2-0-10-1 his figures so far.
DRINKS BREAK. What a farce. From being fierce competitors at the 15th over, the Windies are going down very quickly. Just looks like a matter of time before the Kiwis wrap this up. This could end up improving their net run rate by leaps and bounds.
Kemar Roach walks in next.
He is finally here. Evin Lewis trudges out to the middle. How is his hamstring? Can he run properly?
Trent Boult is back into the attack.
Mitchell Santner is back into the attack. He has been unlucky and expensive. 3-0-30-0 so far his figures.
Ashley Nurse walks out to bat now. There is no news on Evin Lewis. Apparently he pulled his hamstring but as of now we have no news yet.
Carlos Brathwaite walks out to face the hat-trick ball. We have seen a hat-trick today in the game between Afghanistan and India. Are we about to witness the other one now?
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder walks out to the middle now.
Change of bats for Chris Gayle. The previous one has done its job.
Colin de Grandhomme is into the attack now. Williamson needs wickets, can CdG provide that? The keeper is up for him.
Lockie Ferguson comes back on. 3-0-19-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. The run rate has been pulled back a little by New Zealand but West Indies are going along nicely. Shimron Hetmyer has come out with a hit-out-or-get-out approach. Gayle though is batting sensibly. Matt Henry returns to bowl now. 4-0-32-0 so far.
Spinner into the attack. Mitchell Santner is into the attack now.
Jimmy Neesham is into the attack.
Powerplay 2 time! Now maximum of 4-fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle.
First bowling change. Lockie Ferguson is been brought into the attack. He too has been amongst the wickets in this tournament.
WORLD CUP UPDATE - In an unexpected thriller in Southampton, Afghanistan have run India close, losing by just 11 runs. India defended 224 and won the game but Afghanistan won hearts.
Shimron Hetmyer walks out to bat now. West Indies in deep trouble here.
Nicholas Pooran walks out at number 3. Just like New Zealand, West Indies number 3 has been called early on in the innings.
Matt Henry to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
Welcome back for the run chase. The Kiwis are into a big huddle. Kane Williamson initially comes in but then realizes that the umpires have not arrived. He steps back, allows the Men In Red to step out and then follows them. Out come the West Indian openers - Chis Gayle and Shai Hope. How will they play out the new balls? Two slips in place. Trent Boult will start off proceedings.