ICC World Cup 2019: Match 29, WI vs NZ – New Zealand Player Ratings
Kiwis have pretty much confirmed their position in the semifinals with this win.
Published - Jun 23, 2019 2:53 am | Updated - Jun 23, 2019 2:53 am
New Zealand continue their march towards the finals at the Lord’s with another sensational performance on Saturday. They found themselves in some critical situations, but they showed signs of a top quality side, holding their nerves to great effect. It’d be fair to say, only a miracle can now deny them a place in the semifinals.
Despite getting off to a great start, Windies bowlers couldn’t handle the quality of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Williamson chipped in with a mind-boggling 148 whilst Taylor registered another fifty for the Kiwis. With some notable contributions towards the end, they finished with 291 runs on the board for the loss of 8 wickets.
Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer played a couple of brilliant hands for the Windies in this tricky run chase. They both completed their fifties but couldn’t convert it into a hundred. Trent Boult once again raised the roof with a top quality fast bowling performance, which saw Kiwis in a dominant position.
Carlos Brathwaite played one of the finest knocks in World Cup history to steer his side close to the winning moment. With six runs to get, he came close to clearing the long-on fielder, but Boult plucked a brilliant catch under severe pressure. His 101 off 82 balls went in vain, but the innings will be remembered for a long time.
Martin Guptill – 1/10
From registering his highest ODI score against Windies in their previous World Cup meeting to getting dismissed for a golden duck, Martin Guptill has now seen perhaps everything in his cricketing life. It wasn’t his day with the bat.
Colin Munro – 1/10
It is getting further more disappointing for the dashing southpaw, who has been very poor this tournament. Colin Munro too was dismissed for a golden duck and also dropped a catch off Chris Gayle at mid-wicket. The management will be considering other alternate options to open alongside Guptill now.