New Zealand held off a late batting onslaught from Carlos Brathwaite to just survive and beat West Indies by five runs in Match 29 of the World Cup in Manchester, which sees the Kiwis move atop the standings.
Asked to bat, New Zealand were in for a shock when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (4/56) sent back both the openers -- Martin Guptill (0) and Colin Munro (0) in the first over of the match. Cottrell's swinging yorkers consumed both the batsmen, who were out for golden ducks.
Williamson rescued New Zealand with a career-best 148, his second consecutive century, steering his side to a competitive 291 for eight. Williamson, who anchored his side's chase with an unbeaten 106 against South Africa in their previous match, yet again excelled under pressure as New Zealand were off to a disastrous start.
New Zealand appeared to have the game in hand when Boult took four wickets and a vital catch to remove Chris Gayle for 87 to have the West Indies reeling at 164/7 in the 27th over.
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. He went for broke, trying to hit the last ball of the 49th over from Jimmy Neesham for six and was caught on the long-on boundary by Trent Boult.
The New Zealanders, the 2015 runners-up, have 11 points from five wins and a washout against India and are one point ahead of defending champion Australia, two ahead of No. 2-ranked India, and three clear of top-ranked England. The West Indies still have a mathematical chance of reaching the semifinals, but next face India.