Up against a tricky team West Indies, New Zealand showcased their true potential (if they already hadn't having won all six league games), posting a mountainous total on board and then defending it 143 runs better. What was most heartening for home team was that they found a sleeping match winner in Martin Guptill who scored only the 6th ODI double century. Trent Boult lead the bowling attack and is now leading wicket taker in world cup 2015.
At the toss, decision was simple to bat first as conditions at Westpac stadium in Wellington were ideal for run scoring. Captain Brendon McCullum got lucky with the coin and set the pattern with a six and four himself before his opposite number Jason Holder took a perfectly calculated running catch over his head. Kane Williamson drove the inning forward with Guptill who got into himself after crossing hundred in association with Ross Taylor.
At 3 for 232 from 38 overs, there was no stopping Kiwi batsmen in last dozen overs. Windies bowlers lost their control and didn't even try to find the yorkers as Martin and rest of batsmen fetched 153 runs from last 10 overs to push scoreboard just seven shy of four hundred mark.
Chris Gayle provided some fireworks against the new ball as Boult snared away Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin from other end and destroyed hopes of any miracle win. Captain Jason Holder pushed the total past double century mark before surrendering the defeat.
- Highest world cup score = Gary Kirsten's 188* stood for 19 years & 8 days before for Chris Gayle overtook, sitting on top for just 25 days when Guptill snatched it away.
- 31 sixes were hit today, the most in a world cup match ever.
- Talk about going down fighting, Windies' run rate of 8.19 is highest by a team dismissed in ODI history.
|New Zealand inning (elected to bat)|
|Martin Guptill||not out||237||163||24||11|
|Brendon McCullum||c Holder b Taylor||12||8||1||1|
|Kane Williamson||c Gayle b Russell||33||35||5||0|
|Ross Taylor||run out (Ramdin + Benn)||42||61||2||0|
|Corey Anderson||c Gayle b Russell||15||16||1||1|
|Grant Elliott||lbw b Taylor||27||11||2||2|
|Luke Ronchi||c Benn b Taylor||9||5||2||0|
|Daniel Vettori||not out||8||2||2||0|
|Extra :||10 (lbyes=2, wides=7, noball=1)|
|Total :||393 runs in 50 overs for 6 wicket. RR = ( 7.86 ).|
|Fall of wickets : 1-27 (McCullum, 4.2 ov), 2-89 (Williamson, 15.6 ov), 3-232 (Taylor, 38.3 ov), 4-278 (Anderson, 43.2 ov), 5-333 (Elliott, 46.3 ov), 6-365 (Ronchi, 48.4 ov)|
|Jason Holder||8||0||76||0||1 wide|
|Sulieman Benn||10||1||66||0||2 wides|
|Andre Russell||10||0||96||2||1nb, 2wd|
|Darren Sammy||8||0||38||0||1 wide|
|West Indies inning (target = 394 runs from 50 overs)|
|Chris Gayle||b Milne||61||33||2||8|
|Johnson Charles||b Boult||3||6||0||0|
|Lendl Simmons||c Guptill b Boult||12||17||1||1|
|Marlon Samuels||c Vettori b Boult||27||15||3||1|
|Denesh Ramdin||lbw b Boult||0||4||0||0|
|Jonathan Carter||b Vettori||32||39||4||1|
|Darren Sammy||c Ronchi b Anderson||27||16||3||1|
|Andre Russell||b Southee||20||11||1||2|
|Joson Holder||c Anderson b Vettori||42||26||5||2|
|Jerome Taylor||c Guptill b Southee||11||12||2||0|
|Sulieman Benn||not out||9||4||2||0|
|Extra :||6 (wides=6)|
|Total :||250 runs in 30.3 overs for 10 wicket. RR = ( 8.25 ).|
|Fall of wickets : 1-4 (Charles, 1.2 ov), 2-27 (Simmons, 5.3 ov), 3-80 (Samuels, 9.1 ov), 4-80 (Ramdin, 9.5 ov), 5-120 (Gayle, 16.1 ov), 6-166 (Sammy, 21.1 ov), 7-173 (Carter, 22.3 ov), 8-201 (Russell, 25.1 ov), 9-221 (Taylor, 27.6 ov), 10-250 (Holder, 30.3 ov)|
|Tim Southee||8||1||82||2||1 wide|
|Trent Boult||10||3||44||4||2 wides|
|Adam Milne||4||0||42||1||2 wides|
|Corey Anderson||2||0||24||1||1 wide|