Kiwis blow away West Indies in quarter-final, faces Proteas in semis


WELLINGTON: New Zealand handed a cricketing lesson to West Indies as they won by 143 runs in their World Cup 2015 quarter final at Wellington on Saturday, reports.

The co-hosts won the toss and chose to bat first.

Kiwis managed to score a daunting 393/6 runs in their innings thanks to a record double century by opener Martin Guptill.

Guptill surpassed West Indies batsmen Chris Gayle’s record of highest score in a World Cup innings as he blistered 237 runs not out  from 163 balls with the help of 24 boundaries and 11 sixes.

Gayle as he had scored 215 runs against Zimbabwe in the group stages of the mega event.

Ross Taylor scored 42 runs for the side whereas Kane Williamson 33 runs.

West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor grabbed three wickets while Andre Russell took two wickets for his side.

Needing 394 runs to qualify for the semi-final, West Indies could only manage 250 on the board with only Gayle and captain Jason Holder providing some resistance to the Kiwi bowlers.

They made 61 and 42 runs respectively for their side.

Kiwi pacer Trent Bout took four wickets whereas Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori took two wickets each.

Adam Milne and Corey Anderson also shared one wicket in the match as well.

Guptill was named Man of the Match for his double century.

New Zealand will take on South Africa in the semi-final at Auckland on Tuesday, 24th March.