West Indies cricketers Johnson Charles (L) and Chris Gayle run between the wickets during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup's Super Eight match between New Zealand and West Indies at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. AFP Photo/Prakash Singh
West Indies knocked New Zealand out of the World Twenty20 in a dramatic Super Over Monday after their group one match finished in a tie.
Both teams were locked at 139 after 40 overs at Pallekele stadium, sending the match to the tense Super Over decider. New Zealand scored a challenging 17 off their six balls with Ross Taylor hitting a six off Marlon Samuels.
But West Indies reached the target with a ball to spare as Samuels smashed the winning six off Tim Southee to keep his team in contention for a semi-final place. Sri Lanka defeated England to ensure them a semifinal berth.
The breathless finish came after Southee (3-21) and Doug Bracewell (3-31) restricted the West Indian innings to 139 in 19.3 overs, before Taylor’s unbeaten 62 kept New Zealand in with a chance for an upset win.
With New Zealand needing 14 off the last over, Taylor hit a six off the fourth delivery bowled by Samuels but managed a single on the penultimate ball as New Zealand needed two off the last.
Doug Bracewell hit the final delivery but was run out while taking a second run, as the West Indian players celebrated jubilantly. Sunil Narine took 3-20 off his four overs to keep New Zealand in check. Taylor hit three sixes and as many fours off 40 balls.
Earlier, Southee and Bracewell rocked the West Indian batting after Darren Sammy won the toss and batted.
Chris Gayle top-scored with a fluent 30 while Kieron Pollard (28) and Samuels (24) also chipped in with useful contributions, but none of the batsmen could capitalise on their good starts.
Bracewell provided New Zealand with a double breakthrough by dismissing Johnson Charles (eight) and Andre Russell (six) in his first two overs, leaving the West Indies in a difficult situation.
Southee, who came as first change, removed Gayle in the seventh over to deepen the West Indies' plight.