Windies crash out
New Zealand (CMC):
West Indies' turbulent ride at the ICC Cricket World Cup ended in an equally chaotic fashion yesterday as they crashed to a heavy 143-run defeat to joint hosts and tournament favourites New Zealand at Wespac Stadium.
Seeking what would have been a fairy-tale berth in the semi-finals, West Indies were savaged by Martin Guptill's record unbeaten 237 as New Zealand piled up a massive 393 for six off their 50 overs.
In pursuit of an improbable victory target, West Indies were never really in the hunt despite a whirlwind 61 off 33 balls from Chris Gayle, and were dismissed for 250 off 30.3 overs.
The left-handed Gayle counted two fours and eight massive sixes to give the Caribbean side a rollicking start but they slumped to 80 for four in the tenth over courtesy of the lethal left-arm seamer Trent Boult, leaving the result a mere formality.
Captain Jason Holder supported with 42 down the order while Jonathan Carter hit 32 and Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy, 27 apiece.
Boult again did the bulk of the damage picking up four for 44 while veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori (2-58) and seamer Tim Southee (2-82) grabbed two wickets each.
The victory for New Zealand sent them into the semi-finals where they will now face South Africa at Eden Park on Tuesday (tomorrow Jamaica time). India and Australia meet in the other semi-final match on two days later in Sydney.
Losing the toss, West Indies were taken apart by the right-handed Guptill whose knock was the highest ever score in a World Cup and the second highest in one-day internationals.
He thumped 24 fours and 11 sixes off 133 balls, becoming the first New Zealander to hit an ODI double and the fifth player overall in international cricket.
BRILLIANT RUNNING CATCH
New Zealand lost Brendon McCullum for 12 in the fifth over with the score on 27 to a brilliant running catch by Holder in the deep but Guptill anchored a string of partnerships to propel the innings.
Dropped at square leg by Samuels on four off the third ball of the game, Guptill put on 62 for the second wicket with Kane Williamson who hit 33 before posting a punishing 153 for the third wicket with Ross Taylor who got 42.
Guptil then added a further 55 for the fifth wicket with Grant Elliott who scored 27.
The right-hander's first fifty was a patient effort, needing 64 balls and he completed three figures off 111 deliveries in the 35th over, to mark his second hundred in is many outings.
With the landmark out of the way, he opened up and his next 50 runs required a mere 23 balls as he took the wayward West Indies bowling apart. He raised his first ODI double hundred off 152 balls at the start of the 48th over when he belted Russell to long off for his 21st four.
He then celebrated by blasting a six and two more fours off the over, which cost 18 runs, as the last ten overs gushed 153 runs.
M. Guptill not out 237
*B. McCullum c Holder b Taylor 12
K. Williamson c Gayle b Russell 33
R. Taylor run out 42
C. Anderson c Gayle b Russell 15
G. Elliott lbw b Taylor 27
+L. Ronchi c Benn b Taylor 9
D. Vettori not out 8
Extras (lb2, w7, nb1) 10
TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 393
Did not bat: T Boult, A Milne, T Southee
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (McCullum, 4.2 overs), 2-89 (Williamson, 16), 3-232 (Taylor, 38.3), 4-278 (Anderson, 43.2), 5-333 (Elliott, 46.3), 6-365 (Ronchi, 48.4)
Bowling: Taylor 7-0-71-3, Holder 8-0-76-0 (w1), Benn 10-1-66-0 (w2), Russell 10-0-96-2 (w2, nb1), Sammy 8-0-38-0 (w1), Samuels 7-0-44-0.
C. Gayle b Milne 61
J. Charles b Boult 3
L. Simmons c Guptill b Boult 12
M. Samuels c Vettori b Boult 27
+D. Ramdin lbw b Boult 0
J. Carter b Vettori 32
D. Sammy c wkp
Ronchi b Anderson 27
A. Russell b Southee 20
*J. Holder c Anderson b Vettori 42
J. Taylor c Guptill b Southee 11
S. Benn not out 9
Extras (w6) 6
TOTAL (all out, 30.3 overs) 250
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Charles, 1.2 overs), 2-27 (Simmons, 5.3), 3-80 (Samuels, 9.1), 4-80 (Ramdin, 9.5), 5-120 (Gayle, 16.1), 6-166 (Sammy, 21.1), 7-173 (Carter, 22.3), 8-201 (Russell, 25.1), 9-221 (Taylor, 28), 10-250 (Holder, 30.3).
Bowling: Southee 8-1-82-2 (w1), Boult 10-3-44-4 (w2), Vettori 6.3-0-58-2, Milne 4-0-42-1 (w2), Anderson 2-0-24-1 (w1).
Result: New Zealand won by 143 runs.
Man-of-the-Match: Martin Guptill.
Toss: New Zealand.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Ranmore Martinez; TV - Richard Kettleborough.