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Glorious Guptill’s double ton leads the Kiwis into semis

Starting off as the favorites of the match, Kiwis opted to bat first after winning the toss. Guptill who was dropped on four by Marlon Samuels, shattered the Windies bowling as he smashed one of the finest innings in the tournament history with a record score of 237 not out.

Guptill’s sparkling innings was studded with 24 fours and 11 sixes, one of which landed on the roof of the "Cake Tin" stadium. This was his second consecutive ton of the tournament, making him the only New Zealander to do so.

He shared the partnerships with all the six batsmen that were out and that feat made him the first Kiwi player to bat through the entire innings of 50 overs, thrice. New Zealanders just fell short of touching the new magical figure of 400 and ended their innings on 393/6.

In reply, chasing almost eight runs per over, Windies batsmen kept losing wickets as they didn’t seem to have a plan in this mammoth run chase. Once Gayle was dismissed it looked all the more difficult for the Caribbean boys as the runrate kept creeping up with every passing over.

Darren Sammy and Jonathan Carter did hit some splendid shots but with no threatening partnership, Caribbean boys lost to the magnificent Kiwi bowling and were bowled out for 250 in 30.3 overs.

With both the host nations qualifying, New Zealand will now play against South Africa on Tuesday. 



Picture Gallery:

1. Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum wait to get on to the field.


2. Martin Guptill thrashes one through off side.


3. Denesh Ramdin appeals for the wicket of Kane Williamson.


4. Martin Guptill watches the ball come off his bat.


5. Ross is run out by Sulieman Benn.


6. Martin Guptill became the fifth batsman to score an ODI double hundred.


7. A multi-exposure shot of Martin Guptill cutting the bal.


8. Two Legends Richard Hadlee and Clive Lloyd supporting their team at the Westpac Stadium.


9. Chris Gayle slams this one for six in one of the 8 sixes he hit.


10. The entire New Zealand team converges to congratulate Daniel Vettori on his catch.


11. Chris Gayle's leg stump goes cartwheeling.


12. Darren Sammy jokingly gestures after avoiding a Trent Boult bouncer.


13. Jonathan Carter is undone by an arm-ball from Daniel Vettori. 


14. Chris Gayle signs off from the World Cup.


15. Andre Russell is clean bowled by Tim Southee.


16. "Chris Gayle came up to me and said welcome to the 200 club" - Martin Guptill.


17. Martin Guptill signs off with the Player of the Match award.