West Indies Triumph Over New Zealand to Secure Super Eight Spot in T20 World Cup 2024

 West Indies clinched their third consecutive victory in the T20 World Cup 2024 in a thrilling encounter at the Brian Lara Stadium, securing a spot in the Super Eight and putting New Zealand on the brink of elimination.

Sherfane Rutherford’s remarkable performance was the highlight of the match, rescuing West Indies’ innings and leading them to a defendable total.

Flying Andre Russell. ICC/Getty Images

New Zealand (Phillips 40, Joseph 4-19, Motie 3-25) lost to West Indies 149 for 9 (Rutherford 68*, Boult 3-16, Southee 2-21) by 13 runs.

At the Brian Lara stadium in Tarouba, an incredible comeback by Sherfane Rutherford put the West Indies on the edge of elimination while securing the team’s third straight victory in the T20 World Cup 2024. The co-hosts’ place in the Super Eight has also been guaranteed by their victory.

West Indies were reduced to four wickets in the first innings as a result of New Zealand’s quick bowlers controlling the powerplay. After 18 overs, Rutherford found little assistance as West Indies fell to 112 for 9, but he scored 37 runs in the final two overs to lead the co-hosts to 149.

After then, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, and Akeal Hosein took their turns with the ball as New Zealand lost their second straight match.

When Rutherford came in to bat in the sixth over, the collapse of the West Indies top order had put him in new circumstances. In the powerplay, he faced a ball for the second time in his Twenty20 international career. However, he divided his time between Hosein, Andre Russell, and Romario Shepherd. Before he eventually let loose in the final two overs, his only two boundary shots for a while were two sixes off drag-downs from James Neesham and Mitchell Santner.

By playing a calculated risk and exhausting their finest front-line bowlers early, New Zealand gave Santner the final over and Daryl Mitchell the penultimate.

By the 18th over, West Indies had just one wicket remaining, almost proving the viability of the method. Nevertheless, Rutherford held his ground as he first went for Mitchell, hitting him for consecutive sixes down the V’ and then putting the ball over the fine-leg fence for the over’s third six.

On his way to a 33-ball half-century, he then struck Santner for two fours and a magnificent six slog-swept from wide of off over wide long-on. With 37 runs in the final two overs, West Indies managed to reach 149, a score that was seemed unachievable for much the whole of their innings.

Even though he lost Devon Conway in the third over, Finn Allen contributed to New Zealand’s early success in the chase. In the second over, Allen got things rolling by dragging Shepherd behind square for a boundary and then lifting Hosein over cow corner. Then, with the additional bounce doing him in, Hosein had Conway caught at fine leg as he top-edged trying to sweep. Allen then cut Hosein for two more fours after flicking Russell behind square.

After Joseph was brought on in the sixth over, Rutherford dropped him while he was going back from point. Joseph had taken a leading edge off him. However, Allen misplayed a pull to Russell at deep square leg one ball later.

West Indies took two wickets in two overs when Motie struck in his opening over, forcing Williamson to nick behind trying to cut. He got Rachin Ravindra, who batted at number three, to hole out to deep midwicket in his subsequent over. With a peach that pitched on middle and spun past the outside edge to slam into the stumps, Motie dismissed Mitchell in his third over.

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West Indies Triumph Over New Zealand to Secure Super Eight Spot in T20 World Cup 2024
Alzarri Joseph picked up 4 wickets. ICC/Getty Images

The West Indies’ left-arm spinners, Motie and Hosein, combined for 4 for 46 from their eight overs, and offspinner Roston Chase bowled an over that yielded four runs.

Following the spin choke, New Zealand’s asking rate increased. Joseph took Neesham, and New Zealand required 65 off 29 deliveries. Then, in an attempt to press the situation, Phillips struck Russell for a four and a six before removing Joseph in the 18th over after consecutive boundaries. But as Phillips attempted to pull again and skied a catch to long-on running in, Joseph got the last laugh.

The victory for the West Indies was essentially assured when Joseph got Southee to be caught off his own bowling to end with a four-wicket haul.

Trent Boult was the one who turned heads early in the game. Having asked the West Indies to bat, Boult’s wicket of Johnson Charles, who sliced one onto his stumps, gave New Zealand a breakthrough in the opening over.

To thunderous cheers, Nicholas Pooran emerged, and it took him three balls to get the maiden boundary with a driving edge for the West Indies beyond short third. With the boundary, Pooran also overtook Chris Gayle as the West Indies’ top run scorer in men’s Twenty20 Internationals.

Then came a cat-and-mouse match between Pooran and Tim Southee, one of three players New Zealand brought in to replace the team that had lost to Afghanistan the previous week.

Pooran hit two fours in a string of four balls, was dropped by Mitchell in between the two boundary strokes, and was eventually caught by the seamer. As Southee dug in a short ball, Pooran attempted to take him on for a third boundary of the over, but the bowler skied the ball to wicketkeeper Conway, who was trailing a swirling ball.

In ten runs, the West Indies lost four wickets, the first being Pooran. Southee had Rovman Powell inching ahead of him when Chase misjudged a duck and miscued Lockie Ferguson. After Brandon King left in the eighth over, they quickly went from being 20 for 1 to 30 for 5.

After that, Rutherford and Akeal Hosein shared a 28-run partnership for the sixth wicket, which momentarily stabilized their innings. Hosein’s innings were stopped by a brilliant catch by Neesham at midwicket off Santner’s bowling, and Russell entered at number eight.

Russell got off to a quick start and struck Ferguson for two fours and a six. Williamson summoned Boult back in the following over, the 13th of the innings, and the move paid off as Russell first missed an attempted hoick across the line and then top-edged a catch to short third.

With two overs remaining, Ferguson and Boult removed Shepherd and Joseph with low deliveries, and New Zealand was the relieved team. But they were not prepared for Rutherford to single-handedly reverse the game’s trajectory and handed West Indies the momentum at the half, boosted partly by the excitement of a crowded Brian Lara Stadium.

Kane Williamson and Rovman Powel Praises Sherfane Rutherford’s Incredible innings

Sherfane Rutherford’s explosive unbeaten 68 off 39 balls was the game-changer in the T20 World Cup 2024 clash between West Indies and New Zealand at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Both captains, Rovman Powell and Kane Williamson, lauded Rutherford’s match-winning performance on a challenging two-paced pitch, which secured West Indies’ place in the Super Eight.

West Indies Triumph Over New Zealand to Secure Super Eight Spot in T20 World Cup 2024
Sherfane Rutherford's incredible 50 in 33 balls. ICC/Getty Images

Rutherford’s Match-Winning Performance

Coming in at a precarious 22 for 4 within the powerplay, Rutherford’s innings was pivotal. Facing just his second powerplay ball in 15 T20Is, he delivered a career-best performance that revived the West Indies innings and set them up for a successful defense of 149.

“We needed someone to play a blinder, and Sherfane delivered,” Powell said post-match. “His innings gave us the confidence to believe we could win.”

Rutherford’s knock included a crucial over where he hammered Daryl Mitchell for three sixes, adding 19 runs in the 19th over. He then targeted Mitchell Santner in the final over, hitting two fours and a six.

Strategic Brilliance and Preparation

Despite not playing in the IPL 2024, Rutherford’s preparation paid off. His inclusion ahead of the more seasoned Shimron Hetmyer was vindicated by his performance in the warm-up games and his decisive innings against New Zealand.

“I was preparing during the IPL even though I wasn’t playing,” Rutherford said. “Keeping it simple and backing myself was key.”

According to ESPNcricinfo’s Smart Stats, Rutherford’s 68 was worth nearly 100 in terms of impact, underscoring its significance against an experienced New Zealand attack featuring Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

New Zealand’s Struggle and Williamson’s Perspective

New Zealand’s back-to-back defeats have put their tournament hopes in jeopardy. Despite the early exits, Williamson remains optimistic about the future of New Zealand’s golden generation.

“It’s disappointing, but it’s not the end,” Williamson remarked. “We need to adapt better to these conditions and win crucial moments.”

New Zealand’s strategy to utilize all their frontline quicks and gamble with Mitchell and Santner at the death was a calculated risk given the bowler-friendly conditions, which offered variable bounce.

“We aimed to restrict them to around 120,” Williamson explained. “But Rutherford’s innings shifted the momentum.”

Future Prospects

While New Zealand faces an uphill battle to qualify for the Super Eight, Williamson believes in the resilience and potential of his team.

“The margins in T20 cricket are fine. Small moments and match-ups can define a tournament,” he said. “We need to improve and seize those opportunities moving forward.”


Sherfane Rutherford’s match-winning knock was a masterclass in T20 cricket, showcasing individual brilliance that can turn the tide of a game. As West Indies celebrate progressing to the Super Eight, New Zealand must regroup and strategize for the remaining matches to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

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