The Windies came agonizingly close to clinching a win against the Kiwis but they fell short by a few yards at the end. Craig Brathwaite was in amazing touch as he hit his maiden hundred but the effort went in vain. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was all praise for his nemesis and was sporting enough to mention one if his nightmarish nights, all courtesy the Windies man.
First it was Virat now it’s @TridentSportsX is clogging up my mentions,I wonder why???that was a unbelievable innings Carlos thought it was going to be a repeat of 2016 in Kolkata…how good was that game by the way
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) June 22, 2019
He tweeted, “First it was Virat now it’s @TridentSportsX is clogging up my mentions,I wonder why???that was a unbelievable innings Carlos thought it was going to be a repeat of 2016 in Kolkata…how good was that game by the way.”
Carlos Brathwaite tees off Kiwi attack
Brathwaite hit Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the 2016 World T20 finals and bagged the coveted trophy in style. He was in similar touch last night in Manchester, hitting five sixes and nine fours but lost his wicket to a brilliant catch by Trent Boult near the boundary. It also marked the end of the Windies innings.
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson led the charge with a solid 148 while Ross Taylor crafted a steady knock of 69. The Blackcaps made 291/8 in their allotted 50 overs
Chasing 292 to win, veteran opener Chris Gayle fired through all cylinders and made 87 off 84 deliveries but the rest of the batters failed to capitalize. Braithwaite took up the lost case and made a match out of it. Shimron Hetmyer too played the supporting role and chipped in with 54.
Trent Boult finished with figures of 4/30 and Lockie Ferguson bagged three wickets. The duo played a vital part in turning the table in their favor as they won the game by 5 runs. They are currently at the top of the table with 11 points from 6 games. Windies, on the other hand, are at the seventh spot with 3 points.