New Zealand Win by 143 Runs to Face South Africa in the Semis'

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:35

Wellington: New Zealand beats West Indies with a formidable 143 runs to place themselves in the semi-finals facing South Africa.

New Zealand batting first puts a score of 393/6 on the score board making it arduous for West Indies to find a place in the Semis'. 

Guptill was denounced player of the match with a single handed 237 off 163 balls not out, along with an excellent fielding performance and two catches.

West Indies were never in the hunt with the bat and their slim hopes of victory evaporated when the big-hitting Chris Gayle fell for a typically quickfire 61.

Left-arm paceman Trent Boult, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, took four for 44 as the West Indies were dismissed for 250 in 30.3 overs.

New Zealand will now play South Africa in the first semi-final in Auckland on Tuesday.

The second semi-final sees fellow co-hosts Australia face defending champions India in Sydney on Thursday, with the final in Melbourne on March 29.

For New Zealand, Guptill's innings showed they have more in their armoury other than captain Brendon McCullum's gung-ho approach.

Guptill took up the challenge to keep the scoreboard moving and surpassed the previous World Cup best of 215 set by the West Indies' Chris Gayle against Zimbabwe earlier in this tournament.

He also posted the second-highest individual score in all one-day internationals, behind Rohit Sharma's 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata last year, and broke his own New Zealand record of 189 not out against England at Southampton in 2013.

Guptill's onslaught set New Zealand up for a big charge at the end with the final 10 overs producing 153 runs to further deflate the West Indies after McCullum won the toss and opted to bat.

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