Manchester: New Zealand held off a late batting onslaught from Carlos Brathwaite to beat the West Indies by five runs and move atop the standings.
Brathwaite blazed 101 from 82 balls as the last three West Indies wickets combined for 122 runs and got within one shot of a spectacular comeback victory.
After smashing West Indies to within six runs of victory, Brathwaite was caught by Trent Boult at deep mid-on going for glory with seven balls remaining.
“Obviously, I’m devastated not to get over the line,” said the Barbadian.
“I thought it had enough bat on it. I was willing it to go up and up and up but that was one of the best fielders in the world out there,” Brathwaite added.
“It’s a game of margins. One or two yards more, we would have been victorious tonight,” he said.
An innings including five sixes and nine fours, including a devastating trio of sixes as part of 25 runs off Matt Henry in the 47th over, brought back memories of Brathwaite’s famous innings which won the World Twenty20 in 2016 when he hit four sixes in a row off England’s Ben Stokes in the final over.
Earlier, skipper Kane Williamson’s 148 and his 160-run partnership with Ross Taylor helped New Zealand rally to 291-8 after losing both openers for first-ball ducks in the first over.