New Zealand have moved to the brink of the World Cup semi-finals with a thrilling five-run victory over West Indies after Carlos Brathwaite's magnificent century nearly produced a highly unlikely comeback win for the Caribbean side.
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Carlos Brathwaite's 101 from 82 balls brought hopes for Windies, However, the batsman went for broke, trying to hit the last ball of the 49th over from Jimmy Neesham for six, and was caught on the long-on boundary by Trent Boult.
"One or two yards more, we would have been victorious tonight", Brathwaite said. I was willing it to go up and up and up. I just wanted to get it up around his shoulders and chin and take a bit of pace off it with my wrist.
Nobody really gave him a chance of getting so close.
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He was quickly consoled by the New Zealand fielders and was given a lengthy standing ovation by the packed crowd. Kane Williamson drained the Thesaurus of superlatives in these last two matches with back to back centuries including his highest one-day worldwide score.
After Kane Williamson hit a superb 148 as New Zealand posted 291-8 at Old Trafford, West Indies were on course for victory thanks to an entertaining 122-run partnership between Chris Gayle (87) and Shimron Hetmyer (54) before collapsing from 142-2 to 164-7. Ross Taylor contributed 69 and bowling for West Indies Sheldon Cottrell took 4/56 and Brathwaite took 2/58. It was only the second time both openers in any World Cup had fallen for first-ball noughts, with Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan collecting golden ducks against Afghanistan four years ago.
"I'm not going to beat myself up, because the ball should have gone for six and we should have won".
"We've seen one of the greatest innings that we will ever see in a World Cup", he said in commentary.
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