WI vs NZ 2024 Highlights 6-12-2024

Watch cricket video highlights of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 twenty-sixth match between West Indies vs New Zealand. Venue of the match will be Tarouba.

At the Brian Lara stadium in Tarouba, an incredible comeback by Sherfane Rutherford placed the West Indies on the edge of elimination while securing the team’s third straight victory in the T20 World Cup 2024. The co-hosts’ place in the Super Eight has also been guaranteed by their victory. West Indies were reduced to four wickets in the first innings as a result of New Zealand’s quick bowlers controlling the powerplay.

After 18 overs, Rutherford found little assistance as West Indies fell to 112 for 9, but he scored 37 runs in the final two overs to lead the co-hosts to 149. After then, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, and Akeal Hosein took their turns with the ball as New Zealand lost their second straight match.

When Rutherford came in to bat in the sixth over, the collapse of the West Indies top order had put him in new circumstances. In the powerplay, he faced a ball for the second time in his Twenty20 international career. However, he divided his attention between Hosein, Andre Russell, and Romario Shepherd. Before he eventually let loose in the final two overs, his only two boundary shots for a while were two sixes off drag-downs from James Neesham and Mitchell Santner.

By playing a calculated risk and exhausting their finest front-line bowlers early, New Zealand gave Santner the final over and Daryl Mitchell the penultimate. By the 18th over, West Indies had just one wicket remaining, almost proving the viability of the method.

Nevertheless, Rutherford held his ground as he first went for Mitchell, hitting him for consecutive sixes down the V’ and then putting the ball over the fine-leg fence for the over’s third six. On his way to a 33-ball half-century, he then struck Santner for two fours and a magnificent six slog-swept from wide of off over wide long-on. With 37 runs in the final two overs, West Indies managed to reach 149, a score that was seemed unachievable for much the whole of their innings.

Even though he lost Devon Conway in the third over, Finn Allen contributed to New Zealand’s early success in the chase. In the second over, Allen got things rolling by dragging Shepherd behind square for a boundary and then lifting Hosein over cow corner. Then, with the additional bounce doing him in, Hosein had Conway caught at fine leg as he top-edged trying to sweep.

Allen then sliced Hosein for two more fours after flicking Russell behind square. After Joseph was brought on in the sixth over, Rutherford dropped him while he was going back from point. Joseph had taken a leading edge off him. However, Allen misplayed a pull to Russell at deep square leg one ball later.

West Indies took two wickets in two overs when Motie struck in his opening over, forcing Williamson to nick behind trying to cut. He got Rachin Ravindra, who batted at number three, to hole out to deep midwicket in his subsequent over. With a peach that pitched on middle and spun past the outside edge to slam into the stumps, Motie dismissed Mitchell in his third over. The West Indies’ left-arm spinners, Motie and Hosein, combined for 4 for 46 from their eight overs, and offspinner Roston Chase bowled an over that yielded four runs.

Following the spin choke, New Zealand’s asking rate increased. Joseph took Neesham, and New Zealand required 65 off 29 deliveries. Then, in an attempt to press the situation, Phillips struck Russell for a four and a six before removing Joseph in the 18th over after consecutive boundaries. But as Phillips attempted to pull again and skied a catch to long-on going in, Joseph got the final laugh. The victory for the West Indies was essentially assured when Joseph got Southee to be caught off his own bowling to end with a four-wicket haul.

Trent Boult was the one who turned heads early in the game. Having asked the West Indies to bat, Boult’s wicket of Johnson Charles, who sliced one onto his stumps, gave New Zealand a breakthrough in the opening over. To thunderous cheers, Nicholas Pooran emerged, and it took him three balls to get the maiden boundary with a driving edge for the West Indies beyond short third. With the boundary, Pooran also overtook Chris Gayle as the West Indies’ top run scorer in men’s Twenty20 Internationals. Then came a cat-and-mouse match between Pooran and Tim Southee, one of three players New Zealand brought in to replace the team that had lost to Afghanistan the previous week.

Pooran hit two fours in a string of four balls, was dropped by Mitchell in between the two boundary strokes, and was eventually caught by the seamer. As Southee dug in a short ball, Pooran attempted to take him on for a third boundary of the over, but the bowler skied the ball to wicketkeeper Conway, who was trailing a swirling ball. In ten runs, the West Indies lost four wickets, the first being Pooran. Southee had Rovman Powell inching ahead of him when Chase misjudged a duck and miscued Lockie Ferguson. After Brandon King left in the eighth over, they quickly went from being 20 for 1 to 30 for 5.

After that, Rutherford and Akeal Hosein had a 28-run partnership for the sixth wicket, which momentarily stabilized their innings. Hosein’s innings were stopped by a brilliant catch by Neesham at midwicket off Santner’s bowling, and Russell entered at number eight. Russell got off to a quick start and struck Ferguson for two fours and a six. In the next over, Williamson brought Boult back.

the 13th of the inning, and the play was successful when Russell top-edged a catch to short third after first failing to hoick the ball across the line. With two overs remaining, Ferguson and Boult removed Shepherd and Joseph with low deliveries, and New Zealand was the relieved team. However, they were unprepared for Rutherford’s ability to alter the course of the match on his own and give the West Indies the advantage at halftime, aided by the enthusiasm of a raucous Brian Lara Stadium.

Extended Highlights

West Indies Innings

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New Zealand Innings

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