NEW Zealand have missed the chance to keep their Twenty20 World Cup semifinal hopes alive after a narrow loss to the West Indies this afternoon.
For the second time in the Super Eights stage, the Black Caps have lost a match in a super over, after the scores were tied at the end of twenty overs.
Last time it was Sri Lanka who got the better of the Kiwis in the sudden death over, and they suffered more heartbreak to the Windies.
The Blacks Caps, who only won one match in the tournament, could have snuck into the semis if they won the match and Sri Lanka’s match with England ended with a favourable result.
It wasn’t to be however, with Chris Gale and Marlon Samuels knocking off the 17 runs they required in the super over, bowled by Tim Southee.
“We probably should have won it in normal time, but credit to West Indies. to score 18 of five balls is pretty awesome,” Taylor told Cricinfo.
“When the first ball is a no ball that goes for six it ruins the over, that’s cricket and we’re going home now.”
Earlier, Southee had bowlers outstandingly to claim figures of 3-21 off his four overs as New Zealand bowled the Windies out for 139.
Doug Bracewell also nabbed three wickets, his haul costing 31 runs.
Captain Ross Taylor anchored the New Zealand chase with an unbeaten 62, but as his team-mates fell around him they were stranded on 139 after their 20 overs.
Taylor suffered more disappointment as his efforts in the super over were in vain, despite clobbering Samuels.
In better cricket news, the White Ferns have made the semifinals of the women’s Twenty20 World Cup, and will play either England or Australia on Thursday.