World Cup 2019: Twitter erupts as West Indies are left heartbroken while New Zealand is on the brink of semifinals
The match between New Zealand and West Indies was very important in the context of the fight for the top four. The Kiwis proved to be too strong on the day to register a five-run win over the men from the Carribean. This win means that New Zealand has risen to the top of the table while on the other hand, this loss virtually ended West Indies' hopes of qualification.
West Indies were handicapped by the fact that Evin Lewis had suffered a hamstring injury while fielding and didn't come out to open, so chasing 292 was always going to be difficult. Things got even tougher when the Windies lost Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran early in the innings. Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer launched a counter-attack on the Kiwis and put them under pressure. At one stage, they seemed to be running away with the game before Lockie Ferguson took two wickets in two balls.
The West Indian innings collapsed as they lost five wickets for 22 runs, including the crucial wicket of Gayle. Carlos Brathwaite was not in a mood to give up, as he scored an incredible century to take his team on the cusp of victory. The right-hander hit five sixes, and he tried another six when Windies needed six runs to win, but he was caught in the deep by Trent Boult. New Zealand celebrated as the men from the Carribean were left heart-broken.
After inviting New Zealand to bat first, West Indies got off to a dream start as Sheldon Cottrell dismissed both openers in the first over. Kane Williamson stabilized the innings with Ross Taylor as the pair built together a 160-run partnership for the third wicket.
Williamson scored his second century in a row at the 2019 World Cup to put his team in a good position. Cameos from all-rounders James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, and Mitchell Santner took New Zealand's score past 290.
Williamson was the star of New Zealand's win over South Africa, and the right-handed batsman played yet another captain's knock to help the cause of his team. The stylish batsman scored 148 off 154 balls in an innings which included 14 fours and one six.
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