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Super Windies make history
Auckland, Dec 26 (Agencies):
Published on 26 Dec. 2008 10:29 PM IST
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West Indies beat Kiwis in super-over eliminator Cricketing history was made in Auckland after the West Indies triumphed in the first ever super-over eliminator to beat New Zealand. After the scores had finished level at the end of the opening Twenty20 International, the two teams each nominated three batsmen and a bowler for a sudden-death shoot-out. With just six balls and two wickets to score as many runs as possible, Chris Gayle came out on top in his battle with opposing captain Daniel Vettori. The left-hander hammered the spinner, who had impressive figures of 3-16 in his four overs during the actual match, for three sixes and a four. In reply the Kiwis could only manage 15 in four balls, Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor both being dismissed by Sulieman Benn, who had earlier tied the scores with the bat. Coming in at number 10, the spinner somehow managed to get five off the final two balls of the 20th over to get the West Indies a tie. Gayle had appeared to put his side on course for glory, slamming five fours and the same number of sixes in a scintillating knock. However, only Xavier Marshall (28) and Shawn Findlay (19) made other contributions as the middle order fluffed their lines in pursuit of 156. The tail managed to rescue the situation, Benn holding his nerve to slash Tim Southee for a four to third man before scampering a single to point off the last delivery. New Zealand’s innings of 155-7 had followed a similar pattern earlier in the day, Ross Taylor the only home batsman to last more than 17 balls. His knock of 63 included four sixes, one of which cleared the mid-wicket boundary by an almighty distance to take him through to his half-century. But the next best score was 21 by Scott Styris at number four after Brendon McCullum had hit 14 off 10 deliveries at the top of the order. Gayle and Benn, who would be the heroes in the eliminator, combined to send down seven overs of spin for just 36, also picking up three wickets. The sides will hope to provide just as much entertainment in the second and final Twenty20 clash, which takes place in Hamilton on Sunday.

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