Windies through as Black Caps exit
Marlon Samuels went from zero to hero as New Zealand exited the World Twenty20 courtesy of a second Super Over defeat in Pallekele.
The Black Caps - beaten by hosts Sri Lanka in a one-over shootout last week - had looked set to keep their hopes of qualification alive when reaching 113 for four after 16 overs in pursuit of 140.
Yet Sunil Narine then put the squeeze on, giving up just five runs while claiming wickets in the 17th and 19th overs. Despite Ross Taylor’s valiant unbeaten 62, the scores were tied when Doug Bracewell was run out coming back for a second off the final ball of regulation play.
Part-time off-spinner Samuels, who had conceded 13 in the last over, looked set to be the villain of the piece for the Windies when he was then taken for a further 17 in the Super Over.
However, he went on to strike the winning blow with a six over midwicket, Chris Gayle having earlier cleared the ropes off a Tim Southee no-ball.
New Zealand therefore finish the Super Eights stage without a win, while West Indies gain a semi-final berth following England's loss to Sri Lanka.
Taylor, favouring the leg side as usual, did all he could to keep his side in the competition, striking three sixes during the chase and a further maximum over midwicket when the teams returned to the middle for a dramatic finale.
Narine’s late impact ultimately proved telling in restricting New Zealand’s progress, though, and Southee proved woefully ill-disciplined when faced with the daunting task of bowling the final six deliveries of the match.
The seamer’s first ball, in which he over-stepped, was clouted over mid-off by Gayle and there was still one to spare when Samuels rounded things off by putting away a low full-toss.
West Indies had collapsed from 84 for three to 139 all out after losing the toss, with Gayle’s 14-ball 30 the most significant contribution.
Southee and Doug Bracewell finished with three wickets apiece, while off-spinner Nathan McCullum returned 2-19, figures that were subsequently trumped by Narine’s 3-20.