Martin Guptill became the fifth man to score a double ton in ODIs © Getty Images
Martin Guptill became the fifth man to score a double ton in ODIs © Getty Images

Martin Guptill’s tremendous double hundred took New Zealand to a commanding 393 for six against West Indies in the fourth quarter-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Wellington. Guptill’s innings was so belligerent that Brendon McCullum’s failure hardly mattered to the Black Caps’ run rate. He rode his luck, having been dropped on four by Marlon Samuels in the very first over of the match — a chance that cost West Indies the small matter of 233 runs! Live Scorecard: New Zealand vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final

For once, Guptill out-scored McCullum in their opening stand, though as usual McCullum’s innings came at a strike rate of over 150. The hallmark of Guptill’s batting was his strokeplay straight down the ground. He started off with a straight drive, and targeted the “V” repeatedly throughout his innings. Meanwhile, McCullum hit a four and a six, and looked to add to his tally of boundaries by stepping out and launching Jerome Taylor over covers. The resultant top edge would have fallen safe of most fielders, but Jason Holder used his height and reach to great effect to hold on to a superb catch running backwards. Live Updates: New Zealand vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final

Kane Williamson, in at No. 3, was fluent from the start, striking five boundaries in his 35-ball 33. He was dismissed against the run of play, slapping a wide ball from Andre Russell to Chris Gayle at short cover. That brought in Ross Taylor, and ushered in a productive period of play for New Zealand. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Though Taylor was not quite at his best, he gave Guptill excellent support as the duo added 143 in just over 22 overs. Taylor hit just two boundaries in his 42 off 61 balls, but New Zealand were not hampered at all since Guptill was playing the innings of his life at the other hand. Taylor was run out after a misunderstanding with Guptill, but that did not hamper the opener in the slightest. Top 10 bowlers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Corey Anderson came in and played a few shots, but was out for 15. Grant Elliott the proceeded to hit a few sixes of his own — scoring his 27 at a strike rate of over 200 — as the West Indians were left running for cover. Guptill broke records galore, becoming the first New Zealander to score an ODI double century, getting the highest score by a New Zealander in World Cup, and also the highest score in a World Cup knockout match. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage

Brief scores:

New Zealand 393 for 6 in 50 overs (Martin Guptill 237*, Ross Taylor 42; Andre Russell 2 for 96, Jerome Taylor 3 for 71) vs West Indies.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)