New Zealand had a close call when they won by 5 runs against Windies
New Zealand won their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup match against West Indies last Saturday by five runs at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
The Black Caps’ chances were threatened when Windies’ all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite turned the scores with a 101. This was Brathwaite’s first one-day international (ODI) century after his score of 50 in his previous 37 international matches.
Windies only had six left to win when Brathwaite delivered the last ball and Black Caps’ fast bowler Trent Boult caught it at long-on which secured New Zealand’s win.
“It’s a bit special, to be honest. It’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster sitting there with the pads at times and then being under the pump there with the ball,” said Boult who had a score of 4-30 in maximum 10 overs.
“It’s what it’s all about. It’s awesome to be a part of it. And I’m sure there will be a lot of proud Kiwis back home, diving into poached eggs, watching a result like that,” continued Boult. “I’m sure that will give us a little bit of confidence moving hopefully deeper into the tournament.”
When Boult was asked what he was thinking when he was underneath Brathwaite’s final hit, Boult said it was a high-pressure situation.
“Initially I thought it was going to be quite a way inside the rope. It was almost driven for six in the end, but nice to snaffle it. And what a game. Simple as that, really,” stated Boult. “The way (West Indies) Chris (Gayle) batted—he’s done it many times. But for Carlos to come out and do that as cleanly as he did, pure hitting—I’m going to say that was pretty cool to watch.”
New Zealand’s next match will be against Pakistan on Wednesday at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The Black Caps currently have -167 odds to win the match while the Shaheens have +140 odds.
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