Kiwis fall foul of Super Over as West Indies keep their cool
New Zealand crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20 after a nail-biting Super Over defeat to West Indies, who are through to the semi-finals.
Set 140 for victory at Pallekele Stadium, New Zealand looked on course for much of their innings as captain Ross Taylor led the charge with 62 from 40 deliveries. But a late spell of tight bowling provided decisive in slowing the Black Caps' charge, with Sunil Narine's three for 20, including ten dot balls, the stand-out performance.
The match boiled down to final-ball shoot-out, with New Zealand needing two runs for victory, but, when Doug Bracewell could manage just one from Marlon Samuels' delivery, the Kiwis were left stranded on 139 for seven and a Super Over was required.
Samuels was the hero for the West Indies in the additional overs, restricting New Zealand to 17 with ball in hand before hitting the winning six after being chosen alongside Chris Gayle to face Tim Southee.
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The West Indies struggled to build a full head of steam in their 20 overs, with Gayle's 14-ball 30, featuring three fours and two sixes, their top score.
Kieron Pollard added 28 and Samuels 24 as New Zealand dismissed them for 139 in 19.3 overs, with Southee (three for 21) and Bracewell (three for 31) doing most of the damage .
Taylor anchored the New Zealand reply with a half-century but his fellow batsmen failed to back him up, with Brendon McCullum (22), Martin Guptill (21) and James Franklin (14) the only others in double figures. The Black Caps still looked on course in the final over when Taylor flipped a full-toss over fine leg for six to leave them needing three off the last two deliveries.
But, when Taylor could only manage one run off the next, it fell to Bracewell to face the final ball, which he hit to deep mid-wicket, where substitute fielder Dwayne Smith collected and scored a direct hit on the stumps to deny a second, match-winning, run.
In the Super Over, Taylor again took centre stage as he led his side to 17 runs alongside McCullum, but the advantage looked fragile from the moment Southee sent down a no-ball that Gayle smashed for a huge six with the Kiwis' first delivery.
The score edged out to 12 as Southee recovered his composure, but, when Samuels smashed a six from the penultimate delivery, the West Indies were celebrating a victory that, thanks to England's subsequent defeat to Sri Lanka, saw them through to the semi-finals.