Carlos Brathwaite, on Saturday, played one of the finest knocks in the history of the World Cup. Unfortunately, the game ended on a heartbreaking note for him and West Indies as they lost the thriller against New Zealand by just 5 runs. Fortunes swung from one side to another in the epic encounter in Manchester before New Zealand went on to win the game and maintain their unbeaten start to the World Cup.
It looked all over for West Indies when they lost 5 wickets for just 22 runs to find themselves reeling at 167 for 7 while chasing 291. West Indies had started their chase on a poor note, losing Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran with just 20 runs on the board. Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer then brought the chase back on track by adding 120 runs before the latter’s dismissal opened the floodgates.
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However, before New Zealand could make further inroads in the game, Carlos Brathwaite took the matter in his own hands. The allrounder shared crucial stands with the lower-order batsmen to take his side close to win. With 33 runs needed from the final three overs, he hit three consecutive sixes as part of 25 runs off Matt Henry in the 48th over.
West Indies were now looking favourites to win the epic with just 8 needed from 12 balls and Brathwaite on strike. But after scoring 2 runs from the first five balls of the 49th over, Brathwaite went for a big hit and ended up hitting straight to Trent Boult near the long on boundary ropes. A devastated Brathwaite was reduced to his knees before the New Zealand players rushed to him to console him.
Here is a clip of Carlos Brathwaite’s masterclass in Manchester:
Coming into yesterday's #WIvNZ clash, Carlos Brathwaite had an ODI batting average of 14.45. He left it having played one of the greatest knocks in @cricketworldcup history. Re-live his magnificent innings.@OPPO #BeAShotMaker#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/gwNIiqjByr
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2019
The defeat, meanwhile, has all but ended West Indies’ hopes of progressing ahead. With just 1 win from six games, the Caribbean outfit is reeling at the seventh spot. New Zealand, on the other hand, moved to the top of the points table.