Brathwaite’s Century Goes In Vain as Black Caps Beats West Indies in a Thrilling Match

In Match 29 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which was played between West Indies vs New Zealand, Carlos Brathwaite even after scoring 101 runs from just 82 balls couldn’t help West Indies to cross the winning line. The Windies fell awkwardly short of 5 runs in order to reach their 292-run target in Manchester on Saturday.

During Saturday’s match, hopes were already low for the Windies team. They had little hopes for taking the game to another level. However, the West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite had another game plan. The all-rounder hit a century and almost helped his team to a remarkable win. However, his shot somewhat fell short and the catch was taken by Trent Boult.

At one point of time, West Indies were at 142/2 in the 23rd over but Lockie Ferguson’s dismissal of Shimron Hetmyer (54) and Jason Holder (0) off consecutive deliveries resulted in a collapse which ultimately paved the foundation for West Indies’ downfall.

Opener Chris Gayle took the charge for his team early on, with a counter-attacking 87 off 84 balls and hemmed together a 122-run partnership with Hetmyer for the 3rd wicket.

Brathwaite did renew hopes of a come-from-behind victory for WI as he added 47 and 34 runs respectively with Kemar Roach (14) and Sheldon Cottrell (15) after the fall of the 7th wicket. However, it proved a case of so near yet so far as his wicket fell. All in all, Windies played well to recall this game as a collection of lost chances – similar in a lot of ways to their World Cup 2019 campaign till now.

On the other hand, Captain Kane Williamson’s second straight World Cup century helped New Zealand set West Indies a target of 292 to win. West Indies made a dramatic start after Captain Jason Holder put the Black Caps to bat, left-armer Sheldon Cottrell removed both openers in his first over.

But the classy Williamson started constructing a patient 160-run partnership with Ross Taylor (69). Cottrell, took three catches and delivered a run-out, ended with figures of 4-56.

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