Windies keep hopes alive after Super Over victory
The West Indies kept their hopes of reaching the t20 World Cup semi finals alive thanks to a thrilling Super Over victory over New Zealand at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels both smashed sixes off the bowling on Tim Southee in the Super Over to seal victory after another tense match which both teams needed to win in order to stay in the hunt for a place in the play offs.
The West Indies will now wait and hope Sri Lanka neat England in order to secure second place in the standings ahead of the defending champions and New Zealand.
A half century from Ross Taylor wasn’t enough to help New Zealand secure the much needed victory but the Kiwis skipper did enough to ensure his side tied the match which meant another super over.
The Kiwis batting first scored 17 runs but Gayle and Samuels ensured victory with one ball to spare to spark wild celebrations in the West Indies dug out.
Taylor (62) led the way with a vital half century which included three boundaries and three sixes to almost help New Zealand chase down the West Indies score of 139 after the Kiwis got off to a poor start.
Having stumbled to a total of just 139 the West Indies would have feared the worst after they were bowled out with three balls remaining in their innings.
Both sides come into the game needing to record a victory and hope England lose to Sri Lanka later on tonight but it seemed like the Kiwis had taken control of their own destiny thanks to an impressive bowling performances from Tim Southee (3-21) and Doug Bracewell (3-31)
Having won the toss Kiwis skipper Ross Taylor decided to but the West Indies into bat first and it proved to be the right decision after the early loss of Johnson Charles (8) and Andre Russell ()6.
The big hitting Chris Gayle (30) soon followed as did Marlon Samuel (24) as the Kiwis increased the pressure on the West Indies after they had slumped to 84-7 in the 11th over.
Darren Bravo (16), Darren Sammy (11) and Dinesh Ramdin (1) quickly followed and although Kieron Pollard (28) offered hope with his first meaningful contribution with the bat during the tournament the Kiwis felt confident of chasing down victory.