New Zealand beat West Indies to enter World Cup semis
Wellington: New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs in the fourth quarterfinal here today to set up a semifinal clash with South Africa.
Opting to bat, New Zealand scored 393 for six against West Indies in the fourth quarterfinal of the ICC cricket World Cup here today.
Martin Guptill today bludgeoned his way to the highest individual World Cup knock as New Zealander rode on the opener’s swashbuckling 237 to record an imposing 393 for six against West Indies in the fourth quarterfinal match of the mega event here.
Guptill scored his runs off 163 balls, becoming the first New Zealander to post a double century in ODIs and the fifth in the world. He was unbeaten when the innings ended.
As he smacked Andre Russell to get to the coveted landmark, Chris Gayle, the only other double centurion in World Cup, came and congratulated Guptill at the Westpac stadium.
Reaching his 100 off 111, the last 52 balls brought Guptill a staggering 137 runs.
He smashed 24 fours and 11 sixes after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum opted to bat.
Such was Guptill’s onslaught that the hosts reached from 300 to 350 in just 16 balls. The batsman got to his double ton off 152 balls with the help of 21 fours and eight sixes.
Earlier luck was on Guptill’s side as Marlon Samuels couldn’t hold on to a low chance at short-leg in the third ball of the innings bowled by Jerome Taylor.
There was, however, no looking back after that reprieve as Guptill anchored the innings with the others playing aroundhim with a mix of caution and aggression.
While skipper Brendon McCullum, the dangerman in the Kiwiline-up, perished early, Guptill held the innings together andadded 62 runs for the second wicket with Kane Williamson (33).
After getting his eye in, Williamson was lured into goingfor a false shot by Andre Russell’s slower delivery, bringingin Taylor to the crease.
While the West Indies captain Jason Holder trieddifferent bowling options, the two experienced Kiwi batsmenlooked at ease milking runs during a third-wicket partnershipthat yielded the Black Caps 143 runs in 22.3 overs.
West Indies: 250 all out in 30.3 overs
(Chris Gayle 61, Trent Boult 4/44)
New Zealand: 393/6 in 50 overs
(Martin Guptill 237 not out; Jerome Taylor 3/71).
Player of the match - MJ Guptill (New Zealand)