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Windies edge NZ in Twenty20 thriller

Posted December 26, 2008 20:35:00

Chris Gayle hits the runs in the elimination over

On the attack... Chris Gayle plundered Daniel Vettori for three sixes and a four during the tie breaker. (Getty Images: Phil Walter)

West Indies defeated New Zealand in a 'super over' decider after their first Twenty20 international had ended in a tie at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.

After the visitors had finished on 8 for 155, tied with New Zealand's 7 for 155, each team nominated three batsmen to face one over.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle smashed three sixes and a four off counterpart Daniel Vettori to help his side post 1 for 25.

Xavier Marshall had been run out off the second ball while attempting a second run to keep Gayle on strike.

Jacob Oram hit the first ball of Sulieman Benn's over for six, scampered for two on the second but was caught in the deep off the next delivery.

Ross Taylor then hit a no ball for six to take New Zealand to 1 for 15 with three balls remaining, but was bowled on the next ball to give West Indies the victory.

Earlier, West Indies wasted a swashbuckling 67 off 41 balls from Gayle by losing four wickets for 21 runs off 19 balls towards the end of their innings.

Gayle smashed five sixes and five boundaries in his innings and the visitors were coasting to victory at 109-2 in the 14th over before they suffered a spectacular collapse after some crafty bowling by Vettori.

The New Zealand captain took 3 for 16 off four overs, while off spinner Jeetan Patel finished with figures of 2 for 34, including the wicket of Gayle.

Marshall added 28 for the visitors, though the late collapse meant they needed 8 off the final over to win the match.

Benn edged a four off the penultimate ball then scrambled for a single off the last ball of the match by Tim Southee to tie the scores.

Taylor smashed four boundaries and four sixes to anchor New Zealand's innings with 63 and shared in productive partnerships with Scott Styris, Oram and Daniel Flynn.

Benn varied his pace and flight brilliantly to concede just 20 runs off his four overs, while Gayle captured 2 for 16 with his part-time off spinners.

The second and final match of the Twenty20 series is in Hamilton on Sunday.

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