The Kiwis continued with their unbeaten streak at the 2015 World Cup and stormed into the semifinals with a 143-run victory over the West Indies. They will take on South Africa in the first semifinal at Auckland on March 24. India will take on Australia in the second semifinal at Sydney on March 26. India and New Zealand are the only unbeaten teams in this tournament so far.
Earlier, New Zealand had posted 393/6 in 50 overs, thanks to Martin Guptill’s 237* off 163 balls. Kane Williamson (33), Ross Taylor (42) and Grant Elliott (27) were the top contributors. For West Indies, Jerome Taylor took three wickets, while Andre Russell took two wickets.
West Indies scored runs at a very good place, but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They bowled out for 250 in 30.3 overs and lost the match by 143 runs. Chris Gayle was the top scorer with 61 off 33 balls with 2 boundaries and 8 sixes. Marlon Samuels (27), Jonathan Carter (32), Darren Sammy (27), Andre Russell (20) and Jason Holder (42) were the other contributors.
For New Zealand, Trent Boult took four wickets, while Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori took two wickets each. Martin Guptill was declared ‘Man of the Match’.