West Indies defeated New Zealand in a “super over” to keep its hopes alive in cricket’s World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka.
The sides were tied on 139 at the end of their innings, pushing the match into an extra over for each team.
New Zealand put up 17 runs in its “super over.” West Indies had a target of 17 runs because it had more boundaries in its regular innings.
Tim Southee had a no ball in the first ball of West Indies’s super over, which Chris Gayle hit for a six. Finally, Marlon Samuels hit a six to give the match to West Indies and eliminate New Zealand from the tournament.
“Marlon Samuels is my go-to man in pressure situations,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said.
In New Zealand’s innings, Sunil Narine was 3-20, helping restrict the Kiwis, but his misfield of a shot in the final over allowed Ross Taylor to score an extra run and retain the strike. Taylor’s 62 runs led New Zealand to 139-7 at the end of its 20 overs.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to field. West Indies was all out for 139 runs, led by Gayle’s 30, with three balls remaining in its 20 overs in Pallekelle.
“We probably should have won it in normal time, but you have to give credit to the West Indies,” Taylor said.
Defending champion England plays host Sri Lanka in the other Group 1 match today. England won the toss and elected to field.
The World Twenty20, generally held every two years, is the championship of the game’s shortest form. The Super Eight consists of two groups of four, with the top two teams in each advancing to the semifinals.
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