It was the last and final quarter final match in the Cricket World Cup, co-hosts New Zealand vs West Indies. I was hoping for a Gayle force wind to hit the stadium in Wellington but the black caps had other plans.
Winning the toss they opted to bat first on an excellent batting wicket, It was a moderate start by New Zealand reaching 100 in the 20th over Guptell dropped on 4 runs oh how the game would’ve changed if that was caught o_O. After 20 overs the floodgates were opened as the Martin Guptell show started, with an astounding 237 not out he single handedly guided New Zealand to 393-6 in their 50 overs. He even hit a 6 with the ball leaving the field talk about a big hit o_O.
Martin Guptill 237 (163) not out made him the first New Zealander to score back to back centuries and the highest individual World Cup score.
After that batting performance by New Zealand it loked like a tough ask for West Indies but with many T20 big hitters they had the capability and it showed.
Samuels 27 (15) got caught by an amazing one handed catch on the boundry by Vetorri
Gayle coming back from injury made a quick fire 61(33) at 120-5 in the17th over this was the big wicket New Zealand needed.
27 (16) – Darren Sammy, 32 (39) – Carter and 42(26) – Holder was not enough as West Indies were blown away in 31 overs for 250 with wickets in hand I think they could have made it.
31 sixes were hit in this quarterfinal clash. The most EVER in a Cricket World Cup match, another record breaking match.
With New Zealand always being the underdogs, on their home turf they are favourites how will they handle the pressure as they face the Protea’s in the Semi-Finals.
I am definitely looking forward to this match – bring it on 😀