Kiwis exit after yet another Super Over loss
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Ross Taylor's batting heroics went in vain as New Zealand crashed out of World Twenty20 following their agonising Super Over defeat by West Indies on Monday. The New Zealand skipper hit an unbeaten 62 to tie the score and force the Super Over only to watch his team succumb to a second such defeat in the tournament. Tim Southee sent down a poor Super Over, starting off with a no-ball that Chris Gayle hit for a six. His fifth delivery was also hit out of the park by Marlon Samuels as West Indies won the contest to keep alive their semi-final hopes.
"When the first ball is a no-ball and goes for a six, it ruins the over a lot," Taylor said. "That's cricket, we are going home now. It was a good game, probably we should have won in normal time. But credit to West Indies, they came back and fought hard. To score 18 off five balls in Super Over is pretty awesome," Taylor added.
New Zealand bowlers vindicated Taylor's decision to bowl first, skittling out West Indies for 139. Gayle hit three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball 30 while Marlon Samuels (24) and Kieron Pollard (28) also chipped in with cameos but West Indies managed a below-par score.
Doug Bracewell provided New Zealand with the early breakthrough, dismissing Johnson Charles and Andre Russel in his first spell before returning to remove Pollard to finish with figures of three for 31. Southee (3-21), who had removed Gayle, claimed two more wickets as West Indies managed 53 runs in the second half of their innings.
New Zealand's chase never really gained momentum until Taylor came out to bat, hitting three sixes and as many boundaries in his unbeaten 40-ball knock to tie the score. Off-spinner Narine put a break on the New Zealand run-rate, capturing three wickets for 20 runs.