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Windies oust NZ in Super Over, keep SF hopes alive

Last updated on: October 01, 2012 20:35 IST

A spirited West Indies kept alive their semi-final hopes in the ICC World Twenty20, pulling off a sensational victory over New Zealand via the Super Over in their last match of the Super Eights, in Pallekele, on Monday.

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Needing 18 to win the Super Over, the West Indies rode on Chris Gayle and Marlon's Samuels pyrotechnics to finish the game with a ball to spare.

The scores were tied earlier as both teams finished on 139 after 20 overs.

Chris GayleWhile Gayle started the chase in the Super Over with a huge six over long-off, off a no-ball from Tim Southee, Samuels completed the job with a maximum over deep mid-wicket.

With three loses from as many games, New Zealand crashed out of the tournament.

The West Indies' fortunes now hinge on the result of the other Group 1 match between hosts Sri Lanka and England.

The game went into the Super Over after New Zealand made heavy weather of a modest 140-run chase.

Ross Taylor, who gave New Zealand hope with aggressive batting in the Super Over, played the captain's knock, but his unbeaten 62 went in vain, as New Zealand, chasing 140, scored 139 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs.

Sunil Narine excelled with the ball for the West Indies with figures of three for 20 from his four overs, which included the penultimate over of the New Zealand innings in which the off-spinner conceded just three runs and picked a wicket.

Earlier, pacers Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee came up with superb bowling to help New Zealand bundle out the West Indies for a lowly 139.

New Zealand's decision to field first produced the desired result as the Kiwi bowlers frustrated the opposition throughout.

Southee (3-21) and Bracewell (3-31) claimed three wickets each, while Nathan MuCullum took two for 19 as the West Indies' innings ended in 19.3 overs.

Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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