Windies lose despite Brathwaite heroics

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    The West Indies today came agonizingly close to ending New Zealand’s unbeaten World Cup run, thanks to a masterful innings from Carlos Brathwaite.

    Batting first, the Kiwis were reduced to 7/2, thanks to some precise bowling from Sheldon Cottrell.

    Skipper Kane Williamson (148) then rescued his side, scoring a second century in as many matches, with able help from Ross Taylor (69).

    They ended on 291/8 from 50 overs.

    Cottrell grabbed 4/56.

    The Windies’ reply was also off to a horrible start, as they slipped to 20/2.

    Chris Gayle (87) and Shimron Hetmyer (54) staged a recovery but when the West Indies were reduced to 211/8, many thought the match was beyond them.

    Brathwaite however disagreed.

    His 101 off 82 deliveries brought the Windies within one over and 5 runs of their target.

    He however fell in the final ball of the penultimate over, resulting in another loss for his side, and yet another win for New Zealand.

    They now top the table with 11 points, while the Australians are second with 10.

    The Windies are languishing on 7th with 3 points.