T20 WC: West Indies qualify for Super Eights after beating New Zealand by 13 runs

Tarouba [Trinidad and Tobago]: West Indies qualified for the Super Eights of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 after beating New Zealand by 13 runs at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on Thursday.

T20 WC: West Indies qualify for Super Eights after beating New Zealand by 13 runs

West Indies gave away a target of 150 after batting in the first innings and Gudakesh Motie and Alzarri Joseph led the Caribbean bowling attack to prevent the Kiwis from chasing the target.

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Devon Conway and Finn Allen opened for the Kiwis but failed to give them a strong start. The opening partnership could only muster 20 runs after Akeal Hosein made the first breakthrough of the innings after removing Conway in the third over.

Finn Allen was the standout hitter for the Kiwis in the first part of the inning, but Alzarri Joseph struck him out in the sixth.

The Caribbean put up a spectacular performance in the powerplay, giving away just 36 runs and bagging two wickets.

Just after the powerplay ended, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson was run out by Gudakesh Motie after the New Zealand batter put up a poor performance.

Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham also failed to keep still in the face of the Caribbean bowling attack.

Glenn Phillips' strike helped put the Kiwis in a better position, but he was bowled out by Alzarri Joseph in the 18th. Similarly, Tim Southee lost his wicket for a golden duck against Joseph.

Andre Russell picked up the ninth wicket of the innings by removing Trent Boult in the 19th over.

In the last over, 33 runs were needed from 6 balls. Mitchell Santner started the 20th over by hitting two consecutive sixes, trying to turn the match around, but Shepherd's dot balls prevented the Kiwis from winning the match.

Santner and Lockie Ferguson were unbeaten on the field until the last over as West Indies cruised to a 13-run victory over New Zealand.

Joseph bagged four wickets and gave away 19 runs in his four-over spell. While Motie picked up three wickets and gave away 25 runs. Akeal Hosein and Andre Russell took one wicket each in their respective spells.

Summing up the first innings of the match, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first. They had Windies down at 30/5, but Rutherford helped them stage a strong comeback.

West Indies got off to a poor start as they lost Johnson Charles for a duck in the first over themselves, bowled perfectly by Trent Boult. WI was 1/1 in the first round.

Left-hander Nicholas Pooran joined opener Brandon King. He hit Boult and Tim Southee for fine boundaries. However, his stay was cut short by Southee, who had him caught by Devon Conway for just 17 off 12 balls, with three fours. WI were 20/2 in 3.5 overs.

Roston Chase was the next batter to depart, as pacer Lockie Ferguson got his scalp for a duck. Rachin Ravindra took a nice running catch at mid off. WI were 21/3 in 4.3 overs.

Skipper Rovman Powell could not survive the onslaught from the Kiwi pacers, as Southee got his second wicket when Powell put the ball into Conway's gloves for a single. WI were 22/4 in 5.4 overs.

WI were 23/4 at the end of six overs, with Brandon King and Sherfane Rutherford unbeaten.

This time, all-rounder James Neesham batted for the Kiwis, dismissing King for just nine runs in 12 balls, bringing the Windies half down for 30 runs in 6.3 overs.

Rutherford was joined by Akael Hosein. The two built a decent partnership and at the halfway point WI were 49/5, with Hosein and Rutherford unbeaten.

With a massive six from Rutherford in the deep square region, WI increased their mark by 50 runs in 10.1 overs.

The 28-run partnership between Hosein and Rutherford came to an end, with Hosein caught by Neesham at mid-wicket for 15 off 17 balls, with a four and a six. Spinner Mitchell Santner got the wicket. WI were 58/6 in 11 overs.

Andre Russell was next on the field and tried to launch a counter-attack by hitting Ferguson for two fours and a six, but was dismissed by Boult for 14 in seven balls. It was Ferguson who caught the ball from the third man. WI were 76/7 in 12.3 overs.

Romario Shepherd joined Rutherford, who kept the other end steady. Windies reached the 100-run mark in 15.4 overs as Rutherford bowled Neesham for a backward six square leg.

Shepherd was trapped leg before wicket by Ferguson for 13 off 13 balls. WI were 103/8 in 16.2 overs.

West Indies lost their ninth wicketkeeper, Alzarri Joseph, for six runs in six balls to Boult. WI were 112/9 in 17.5 overs.

In the 19th over, Rutherford relieved the pressure considerably by smashing Daryl Mitchell for three sixes, followed by a couple of boundaries against Santer in the last over. He also reached a valuable half-century in 32 balls, with five sixes.

WI ended their innings on a high with a fighting total of 149/9 in 20 overs, with Rutherford unbeaten on 68 in 39 balls, decorated with two fours and six sixes with Gudakesh Motie.

Brief score: West Indies 149/9 beat New Zealand 136/9.

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