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Calypso after collapse

Calypso after collapse
Strong title contenders West Indies stormed into World Twenty20 semifinal by knocking out New Zealand in Super Over after the crucial Group 1 match ended in a tie at Pallekele International Stadium on Monday. With Sri Lanka defeating England in the second match of the evening, West Indies sealed their position in the last four stage.

Defending a paltry total of 139, the West Indies churned out a disciplined bowling performance with Sunil Narine [3/20] showing the way to restrict New Zealand to 139/7 in 20 overs despite a valiant unbeaten 62 by Kiwi     captain Ross Taylor. In the Super Over, Taylor and McCullum spanked Marlon Samuels for 17 runs. However, that didn’t prove to be enough at the end.

Tim Southee was completely erratic, bowling a no-ball and a wide. His first delivery was a no-ball and Chris Gayle hammered it for a six. West Indies needed four runs off the last two deliveries when Samuels hit the penultimate ball for a six to finish off the match in style.  

West Indies batsmen struggled against the spinners. While pacers Southee [3/21] and Doug Bracewell [3/31] shared six wickets, spinners Nathan McCullum [2/19] and Ronnie Hira [1/24] dried down the flow of runs.

Gayle top scored for the West Indies with a quickfire 30 while Samuels [24] and Kieron Pollard [28] also came up with valuable knocks. West Indies bowlers then put on a disciplined display to trouble the Kiwis. With New Zealand needing 17 runs from the last two overs, Narine bowled an excellent penultimate over, giving away just three runs to make it a tough task for Taylor and Bracewell.

Surprisingly, skipper Darren Sammy entrusted Samuels, who hadn't bowled till then, to bowl the last over. Taylor hit Samuels for a six in the fourth ball to bring the equation down to three from two balls. Taylor took a single off the fifth delivery, leaving Bracewell to score two off the last ball. As the two batsmen scampered to take two runs after Bracewell hit the last delivery towards deep mid-wicket, a brilliant direct throw by substitute fielder Dawyne Smith ran him out with the scores tied.
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