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CRICKET: West Indies preparing for World Cup quarter-finals

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 3:48 AM

The West Indies are now preparing to meet co-host New Zealand in the fourth quarter-final game of the 2015 Cricket World Cup following their win over the United Arab Emirates yesterday.

The Windies will meet the Kiwis in Wellington, New Zealand, on Friday at 8 p.m. Jamaica time.

Captain Jason Holder says he was pleased with how the bowling unit performed.

The West Indies won the toss and sent the United Arab Emirates to take first strike dismissing them for a paltry 175 runs from 47.4 overs.

West Indies Captain Jason Holder was impressive with figures of 4 for 27, as he bowled ten overs.

Jerome Taylor claimed 3 for 26, while Andre Russell finished with 2 for 20 from his eight overs.

The West Indies who needed to score 176 runs from 36.2 overs to make it to the quarter-finals on a better net run rate achieved victory from 30.3 overs, as Johnson Charles who replaced Christopher Gayle, top scored with 55 from 40 deliveries including 9 fours and 2 sixes.

Jonathan Carter scored a calculated 50 not out, while wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was unbeaten on 33 against Amjad Javed 2 for 29.

The West Indies finished with six points from Pool B, the same number of points as Ireland, but the West Indies advanced with a superior net run rate.

Meanwhile, Pakistan ensured their passage to the Quarter-Finals by finishing third on eight points after completing a seven-wicket win over Ireland, in their game played at the Adelaide Oval, in Australia.