West Indies reach World T20 semi-finals after dramatic win over New Zealand and defeat for England
Last Updated: 01/10/12 7:05pm
Sunil Narine: Great spell of death bowling scuppered New Zealand's hopes
West Indies have reached the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 after a dramatic victory over New Zealand and defeat for England against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.
Needing 17 to win from their six balls, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samules both smashed huge sixes off Tim Southee to propel the Windies to their second win of the Super Eight stage.
The Windies had been put into bat at the start of the regulation overs and while Gayle blasted 30 from just 14 balls, the rest of the line-up struggled to a disappointing total of 139 all out as Doug Bracewell and Southee each took three wickets.
The Black Caps made a steady start to their chase, setting things up for skipper Ross Taylor (62 not out) to seemingly put his side on course for victory.
But the scores finished tied mainly thanks to some impressive death bowling from Sunil Narine (3-20), who was surprisingly overlooked in favour of Samuels for New Zealand's Super Over.
The result, combined with England's 19-run defeat to Sri Lanka at the same venue later on Monday, sees West Indies progress into the last four of the competition alongside the host nation.
Kieron Pollard (28) and Samuels (24) also contributed to the West Indies total but Bracewell (3-31) and Nathan McCullum (2-19) dismantled the top-order while Southee (3-21) claimed the prize wicket of Gayle, who smashed three fours and two sixes.
Martin Guptill (21) and Brendon McCullum (22) then got the scoreboard ticking over for New Zealand before Taylor took control, but the Black Caps fell just short when needing 14 from the final over.
When Windies skipper Darren Sammy handed the ball to Samuels for the first time in the match, the part-time bowler did well to restrict Taylor and Bracewell.
The Black Caps looked to be in pole position when Taylor flipped a full-toss over fine leg for six to leave them needing three off two deliveries.
But it fell to Bracewell (one) to face the final ball, which he hit to deep mid-wicket where substitute fielder Dwayne Smith collected and scored a direct hit on the stumps to deny New Zealand a second, match-winning run.
In the Super Over, Taylor again took centre stage as he led his side to 17 runs alongside Brendon McCullum, but the advantage looked fragile from the moment Southee sent down a no-ball that Gayle smashed for a huge maximum with the Kiwis' first delivery.
The score edged out to 12 as Southee recovered his composure, but when Samuels smashed a six from the penultimate delivery the Windies were left celebrating.