Lloyd urges West Indies to rethink strategy

ICC World Cup 2019,Carlos Brathwaite,Carlos Brathwaite cricket

ICC World Cup 2019,Carlos Brathwaite,Carlos Brathwaite cricket

But after scoring 101 from 82 balls, working with three tail-end batters to add 122 runs, he got West Indies into a scenario where they needed six runs off seven balls for victory over previously unbeaten New Zealand.

Jason Holder's side, however, could have been in a much stronger position heading into their next match against India in Manchester on Friday had they not lost to front-runners New Zealand narrowly or let Australia off the hook.

Brathwaite took two runs on the fourth ball of that over to reach his first one-day global century, faced another dot ball and then had the choice: Hit a six from the last delivery from Neesham, or take a single and try to score five runs from the last six deliveries. "Everyone believed we could get over the line", said Brathwaite.

"It didn't look, I guess, as fluid, his innings, but that's what made it so good".

"We wouldn't have gone down to the penultimate [over] if it wasn't for Carlos as well".

Meanwhile, Williamson was relieved by the way his side had just held their nerve.

But, while acknowledging it was an unfortunate situation, Williamson revealed to NZME he knew he was likely to be fined for the slow going at the end of the game, but was willing to take the punishment if it meant his side had a better chance of winning the clash.

"When you get in those pressure moments, sometimes you need to take a bit of extra time to be clear on it, but the West Indies were slow as well".

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"I understand the ICC have got things they need to clamp down on as well, that's part and parcel of it, but we don't want to lose Kane so that's something we'll be chatting about", Stead said. Not even the New Zealanders would say who was going to bowl the last over of Saturday's game.

Veteran opener Chris Gayle threatened to make New Zealand pay dearly for dropping him three times during a typically blistering 87 off 84 balls that delighted a near-capacity crowd.

Stead is blaming the incident more on circumstances than sluggishness in the field.

But then came a dramatic rally, with the game turned on its head by a stunning 48th over from Henry that yielded 25 runs.

"We want to just keep playing the way we are at the moment".

Brathwaite then smashed a full toss straight for another six with his new bat, but even his heroics were in vain.

The Guyanese, who captained the West Indies to the first two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979, said the five-run loss to New Zealand was the ideal illustration of his argument.

But Williamson's second successive World Cup hundred, after a match-winning 106 not out against South Africa on Wednesday, took New Zealand to a competitive total.

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