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Black Caps lose to hosts at T20 World Cup

The Black Caps have lost to the West Indies at the T20 World Cup
Some big hitting from Sherfane Rutherford (pictured) helped the West Indies push the Black Caps to the brink of an exit from the T20 World Cup PHOTO: ICC

After just two games, the Black Caps World Cup dream is basically over bar some mathematics and plenty of luck.


After the first up loss to Afghanistan the New Zealand side needed a win over the hosts to remain in contention for the top eight playoffs.


However what turned up was a stuttering performance with the bat which saw the Black Caps fall to a 13-run defeat in Trinidad and Tobago.


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The visitors had the hosts struggling in their innings but a half century from Sherfane Rutherford gave the West Indies a solid total to defend after New Zealand had them is serious strife at 76-7.


Rutherford's scored of 68 from 39 as the Black Caps managed to restrict the West Indies to 149-9.


There were three changes for the Black Caps as Tim Southee was in for Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham in for Michael Bracewell and Rachin Ravindra for Mark Chapman.


Trent Boult and Southee caused the early damage before speedster Lockie Ferguson helped mop up the tail.


It was a superb start as Boult bowled Johnson Charles for a five ball duck in an opening over which conceded one run. It took 13 balls for the first boundary which came from Nicholas Poornan.


Pooran hit high to Devon Conway behind the stumps who caught it brilliantly over his head to for 17.


Ferguson then came into the attack and was straight into the wickets, Chase sending one down Ravindra's throat to have them reeling at 21-3.


The wickets kept tumbling, Rovman Powell guiding it straight to Conway after Southee strangled him with three dots on the trot.


Neesham brought the first six of the innings, King hit one over mid off, but his dismissal would come the following delivery as Conway took the catch.


Rutherford and Akeal Hosein appeared to be building a nice partnership, reaching 28 from 27 before it was broken in soft style, Hosein chipping Mitch Santner straight to Neesham.


Andre Russell came to the middle, and he made an immediate impact, taking Fergusson for 17, including two sixes, but Boult came back and Russell was soon gone.


A flurry from Rutherford and Romario Shepherd gave the home side some hope of defendable total, but Ferguson soon trapped Shepherd plumb in front for 13.


Rutherford pushed on but was running out of partners, Boult castleing Alzarri Joseph for six as the hosts lost their ninth and Boult ended with 3 for 16.


Mitchell came on to bowl the 19th and was dispatched for three sixes by Rutherford to rocket the total past 130 and bring up his half century off 33 balls.


Santner went for 18 as the Kiwis conceded 37 in the final 12 balls.


Bout finished with 3-16, Southee 2-21 and Ferguson 2-27/.


At bat New Zealand had Finn Allen hit a four early on before Conway held out to Chase off Hosein.


Allen then went for 26 to the bowling of Russell and Williamson was soon out for 1 and the score was 39-3.


Mitchell joined Rachin Ravindra in the middle and were promptly gone for 10 and 12 respectively.


Given a golden chance for a run out and to potentially end the contest as Phillips stranded himself halfway down the pitch, Pooran could have walked it to the stumps but opted to throw and missed by some distance.


Neesham was out However, the run rate quickly ballooned out of control and needing to press the issue, Neesham held out to Alzaari in the deep fir 10.


Joined by Santner, Phillips blasted 40 from 33 to give his side some hope but was then out and Southee followed for a golden duck.


Boult hit one into the stands and was caught off the next ball.


Needing 33 from the final over, Santner went back to back off the first two but a dot with the third hammered the final nail in the coffin.


Only a no ball could have prevented a West Indies win, and Shepherd kept his cool to claim it and crush New Zealand hopes.



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