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Taylor heroics not enough for Kiwis

2nd October 2012 00:14, in Cricket News

A masterful 62 not out from New Zealand captain and Team GM star Ross Taylor wasn't enough for the Kiwi's to beat the West Indies and advance to the semi final stage of the T20 World Cup.

Ross Taylor | New Zealand

A masterful 62 not out from New Zealand captain and Team GM star Ross Taylor wasn't enough for the Kiwi's to beat the West Indies and advance to the semi final stage of the T20 World Cup.

Sidharth Monga, from Cricinfo, could not have put in better when he said that the boys from the Caribbean took the New Zealand spirit, trampled on it, and handed over the broken pieces along with their boarding passes.

Earlier in the piece, Nathan McCullum’s 2/19 off four overs helped ensure that the Kiwis would only chase a miserly 140 for victory. That task was seemingly made even more difficult when Team GM star Rob Nicol fell early.

Taylor’s unbeaten half century, meanwhile, off only 40 deliveries, included 3 sixes at a strike-rate of 155.

He braved the pressure of the final overs, managing to hit Marlon Samuels’s 127kmph darts for a six each in both the final over and the Super Over, and in the process, posted his highest Twenty20 score as captain.

Yet, after all the heroics, his side lost, when they really deserved to win. Needing two runs off the final delivery, a run-out going for the second meant New Zealand finished all even at 7/139, leading to their second Super Over encounter in three matches.

Taylor clobbered Samuels in the Super Over, smashing 17. But alas, it wasn’t quite enough.

The calculated Taylor seemingly had the chase under control, knowing full well that the West Indies had two overs left (out of the remaining four) from non-specialist bowlers. One of them, he smashed for 14, bringing the equation considerably.

It was the case of the better side losing on the day, but after all, that's sport.

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