Guptill 237 not out, New Zealand 393-6 vs. West Indies
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s Martin Guptill made 237 not out — the second-highest score in the history of one-day internationals — to lead his team to 393-6 as it batted first Saturday in the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal against the West Indies.
Guptill made New Zealand’s first ODI double century — breaking his own record (189 not out) for New Zealand’s highest ODI score and Chris Gayle’s recently-set record of 215 for the highest individual score at a World Cup.
The imposing total meant New Zealand looked certain to reach the semifinals against South Africa in Auckland on Tuesday.
Guptill’s 163-ball innings contained 11 sixes and 24 fours, having been dropped by Marlon Samuels when on just four.
New Zealand lost captain and chief run-maker Brendon McCullum for 12, with West Indies captain Jason Holder taking a well-judged running catch after a mistimed drive off the bowling of Jerome Taylor. That setback produced groans in the capacity crowd, but Guptill more than picked up the slack.
He shared partnerships of 62 for the second wicket with Kane Williamson (33), 143 for the third with Ross Taylor (42) and 55 from 18 balls with Grant Elliott (27) to shape the New Zealand innings and to leave the West Indies with an imposing run chase.
The West Indies received a boost ahead of the match when star batsman Gayle was ruled fit to play after struggling with a back injury. He moved freely and took a catch at cover to remove Williamson from Andre Russell’s bowling in the 16th over and another to dismiss Corey Anderson, also off Russell, in the 44th.
When Williamson went, New Zealand was 89-2 and with its two best-performed batsmen back in the pavilion, but Guptill and Taylor soon established full control for the Black Caps.
Aside from Samuel’s dropped chance, the West Indies had another opportunity to dismiss Guptill when he was on 86. He skied a drive off Samuels towards Jerome Taylor at long on but the fielder was slow coming off the boundary and the ball fell at his feet.
He added his second hundred from only 41 balls and in little more than an hour in an innings which then contained 21 fours and eight sixes. When he passed 215 he also broke Gayle’s record for the highest World Cup innings, set in the course of pool play against Zimbabwe three weeks ago. Gayle was quickly on hand to congratulate him.
He blasted his way to 237, peppering the boundary at all parts of the Wellington Regional Stadium. His total was second only to Rohit Sharma’s 264 for India against Sri Lanka in November as the highest even in one-day internationals.
It was a dismal day for West Indies bowlers, with the opening bowlers Taylor conceding 71 runs from seven overs and Holder 76 from eight, while Russell gave up 96 runs from his full quota of 10.