Quarterfinal 4 : New Zealand destroy West Indies with Guptill's double.
7, the maximum number of cricket World cup semi-finals played by a country = Australia (including this 2015 edition) but they've won the trophy 4 times too. What about New Zealand who too qualified into the last four today for the seventh time but have never won the World cup? can Kiwis go all the way to the podium next week? if today's performance was any hint ~ absolutely..

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.

Stat facts
  • 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)
Batsman   R B 4s 6s
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
Tim Southee
Adam Milne
Tim Southee
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)
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs W Extra
Jerome Taylor 7 0 71 3
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
Marlon Samuels 7 0 44 0
West Indies inning (target = 394 runs from 50 overs)
Batsman   R B 4s 6s
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)
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs W Extra
Tim Southee 8 1 82 2 1 wide
Trent Boult 10 3 44 4 2 wides
Daniel Vettori 6.3 0 58 2
Adam Milne 4 0 42 1 2 wides
Corey Anderson 2 0 24 1 1 wide

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