Martin Guptill starred for New Zealand as the opening batsman guided the co-hosts to a comfortable 143-run win over the West Indies in their ICC Cricket world Cup quarter-final match in Wellington on Saturday. The Kiwi opening batsman posted a World Cup record 237 run not out as the Black Caps posted 393/6 in their 50 overs.
Guptill reached 100 off 111 balls before blasting his way to a new competition high score by hammering a total of 24 fours and 11 sixes. One of his maximums actually hit the stadium roof. The 28-year old faced only 163 balls for his incredible innings.
At the end of the ODI the Windies muster 250 all out in 30.3 overs as the influential Chris Gayle was dismissed for 61 by Adam Milne. Gayle showed sparks of his prowess, at one point knocking three consecutive sixes but it was all in vain. One of the highlights of the New Zealand bowling effort was an outstanding catch by veteran Daniel Vettori – who rushed to the boundary to take a one-handed catch to dismiss Marlon Samuels. Trent Boult was the star of the show yet again with 4/44 to take his tournament tally to 19 wickets.
With expectations now reaching new heights for an in-form New Zealand, their biggest test yet is now against South Africa, who have individual match winners of their own, including an aspiration to arrive with the cup at OR Tambo International Airport. The co-hosts will of course have something to say about that.