The West Indies kept their hopes of making the semi-finals of the World T20 alive with a hard fought win over New Zealand in a Super Over. Batting first, the Windies were bowled out for an under par score of 139 with none of their batsmen getting past 30. Doug Bracwell and Tim Southee picked up 3 wickets apiece to put New Zealand on top. However, the Kiwi batsmen once again flattered to deceive with the exception of Skipper Ross Taylor, who made an unbeaten 62 from just 40 balls. It wasn't enough though as New Zealand ended on 139-7 in their 20 overs. In the subsequent Super Over, New Zealand posted a very competitive 17 runs, but the West Indies got over the finish line with a ball to spare with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels doing the business.
With matches in the Super Eights being consistently won by sides chasing, it came as no surprise that the New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor decided to have a bowl on winning the toss in Pallekele on the final day of matches in that wonderful yet rain deprived city.