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On this day: A dream diminished for Carlos Brathwaite in the 2019 World Cup match against New Zealand


Carlos Brathwaite had scored a stupendous century at Old Trafford against New Zealand, but West Indies lost the match by five runs.

Carlos Brathwaite (extreme left). Courtesy: Reuters

Carlos Brathwaite (extreme left). Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Brathwaite score 101 runs, but to no avail
  • New Zealand defeated West by 5 runs
  • James Neesham dismissed Brathwaite

‘The dream has dismissed for Carlos Brathwaite’

Ian Bishop’s piece of commentary after Trent Boult took a sharp catch at long on to get rid of Carlos Brathwaite still reverberates. It’s been three years since West Indies’ five-run defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup match at Old Trafford in Manchester. The knock remains one of the best knocks for the Caribbean team, although it came in a losing cause.

After being asked to chase down 292 by the Black Caps, West Indies started on a horrendous note as Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran perished in double quick time. However, a 122-run stand between Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer got their team back in the hunt for a victory.

From there on, West Indies underwent a massive collapse as they were reduced to 164 for seven in 26.5 overs. Thereafter, the 33-year-old Brathwaite, batting at No.6, took charge and scored 101 runs off 82 balls with nine fours and five sixes.

He got to his century in the penultimate over of the run-chase, having reduced the target to less than a run-a-ball. On the last ball of the 49th over, Brathwaite tried to go for the glory shot downtown off James Neesham. He shimmed down the track a wee bit and muscled the ball.

But he couldn’t find enough timing for the ball to sail over the ropes. Boult, in the meantime, kept his composure to take the catch and helped the Kiwis secure victory. Thereafter, Brathwaite went down on his haunches in sheer agony and disappointment, after which Ross Taylor consoled him.

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