Vastavam web: New Zealand defeated West Indies by 5 runs in a World Cup round robin match here on Saturday. Asked to bat first, New Zealand posted 291/8 in their 50 overs. In reply, West Indies were all out for 286 in 49 overs. Carlos Brathwaite was the top scorer for the West Indies with 101 runs off 82 balls.
But star opener Chris Gayle posted an uncharacteristically patient 87 off 84 balls while Shimron Hetmyer scored 54 off 45 as the Windies attempted a comeback. Gayle and Hetmyer added 122 runs between them to bring the West Indies to a relatively comfortable position by the 22nd over.
Despite Brathwaite’s heroic century, the other West Indies batsmen came and went at the other end as the men from the Carribean islands eventually succumbed to yet another defeat. Boult was the most successful among the Kiwi bowlers with figures of 4/30. Fellow pcer Lockie Ferguson also bowled well for his 3/59. Matt Henry, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme bagged a wicket each. Earlier, West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell recorded his name in the history books as he removed both New Zealand openers — Martin Guptill and Colin Munro — for golden ducks in a dramatic first over.
It was only the second time both openers in any World Cup had fallen for first-ball noughts, with Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan collecting golden ducks against Afghanistan four years ago.