Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
    R
    M
    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    not out
    237
    223
    163
    24
    11
    145.39
    4.2 oh what a catch. The West Indies captain has risen to the occasion. This is almost like Kapil Dev running back to catch Viv Richards in the 1983 final. McCullum looks to hit this full ball over mid-off, the bat face opens in the hand, he ends up slicing it towards a very straight deep cover. Holder, guilty of a lazy chase already, goes for this. he runs hard with the eyes on the ball, he watches it drop over his shoulder, he sticks out those big levers, and he holds on to this. This is an absolute stunner. Ought to wake the side up 27/1
    15.6 and against the run of the play, a soft dismissal, that too from Williamson. This is short, this is wide, doesn't look like a slower ball, but it has stopped at him. You can tell from how he ends up playing it well in front of his body. So he fails to control it, and offers a catch to short cover where Gayle takes it on the second attempt. This doesn't look like a slower ball except for the fact that it is bowled cross-seam 89/2
    38.3 Taylor is run out, but he is not too angry. Guptill hasn't run the best today, but they are willing to overlook it for his excellent batting. Fired into the pads, Guptill misses on the sweep, the ball rolls towards short midwicket, Taylor sets off, but Guptill is ball-watching and sends him back. Taylor left with nowhere to go 232/3
    43.2 slightly off pace by Russell. Yes it is a slower ball. At 123ks. Anderson shuffles across to pull this shortish ball over midwicket, but gets zero timing. Caught at midwicket off the toe end 278/4
    46.3 he has moved too far across to try to slog this into the leg side. He misses, draws an lbw appeal, and he has been given out lbw. They have a discussion, and then review the call. He is hit on the back leg. There is no inside edge involved here. Full, angling in, the impact is line, and he is gone. It is a tactical review gambling on the impact, but it has hit him inside the line 333/5
    48.4 full and straight, nearly a yorker, he manages to go deep into the crease to make sure he makes a clean collection, but that finds square leg on the circle 365/6
    not out
    8
    7
    2
    2
    0
    400.00
    Extras
    10 (lb 2, nb 1, w 7)
    TOTAL
    393/6 (50 Overs, RR: 7.86)
    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (BB McCullum, 4.2 ov), 2-89 (KS Williamson, 15.6 ov), 3-232 (LRPL Taylor, 38.3 ov), 4-278 (CJ Anderson, 43.2 ov), 5-333 (GD Elliott, 46.3 ov), 6-365 (L Ronchi, 48.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    JE Taylor7071310.142215100
    JO Holder807609.50214610
    SJ Benn1016606.60288120
    AD Russell1009629.60237621
    DJG Sammy803804.75232110
    MN Samuels704406.28143000
  • BATSMEN
    R
    M
    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    61
    77
    33
    2
    8
    184.84
    16.1 Milne's pace. raw pace. Sends Gayle back. This is excellent cricket. Just sheer raw pace. On a length, pretty quick, it's 149.1ks, Gayle is late into the big booming drive, and inside edge hits the stumps. What a valiant big-man-on-the-burning deck effort by the limping Gayle here. Some very clean hitting, but also he had nothing to lose so that mind have freed his mind a little 120/5
    1.2 this is the lowest-percentage shot you will see an opener try. Boult is swinging it back, he is an accurate bowler, but Charles makes room to show him all three stumps. He is slow to come down on it, and the off stump is uprooted 4/1
    5.3 Boult has two. This kind of hitting is too difficult to sustain. Full outside off, Simmons looks to go over cover, the angle takes the ball away, takes a thick edge, and Guptill snares it at second slip. Boult one behind Starc now 27/2
    9.1 Dan the old Man. Whoa. Cool as. The crowd is on its feet. This is so beautiful to watch. The whole New Zealand team has surrounded Vettori. Surely the whole Cake Tin wants to do the same. Samuels has upper-cut this, Vettori is stationed at the deep point/very square third man boundary, the ball seems like it will beat him, but he has executed the leap to perfection, and has pulled this off one-handed. This is a magic moment if ever there was one.He has jumped really high, and has taken it behind his body. They are throwing orange shorts at him from the crowd 80/3
    9.5 and he is now the leading wicket-taker this World Cup. The Cake Tin erupts again. Length ball, angling in, Ramdin has defended down the wrong line, the ball has hit him dead plumb. So plumb is this it almost rips the pad off his leg to actually try to hit the stumps. As the old saying goes, if you were to get any plumber, you'd be working with water connections 80/4
    32
    58
    39
    4
    1
    82.05
    22.3 and what a change of pace. This has been fired in. A yorker. A quick dipping one. He has dragged it on from outside off. Off stump gone. Carter is shocked. He is wondering if he has hit it or if it has hit a foot hole and changed its direction. This is bowled at 97ks, by the way 173/7
    21.1 and the golden arm strikes second ball. Anderson has a knack. Sammy gives him the charge, Anderson stays short, Sammy gets a big top edge towards gully, and Ronchi calls for it and gets under it and takes it 166/6
    20
    16
    11
    1
    2
    181.81
    25.1 full and straight. You miss, I hit. Russell looks to clear the front leg and slog this over midwicket. Southee hits the top of off as he misses it 201/8
    30.3 Holder makes room again and drives hard again, but straight down long-off's throat. This sends New Zealand into the semi-final. Comprehensive win 250/10
    27.6 they are checking if this is a bump ball. This is a yorker, dipping at Taylor's toes. Just dipping enough to land before his bat, and then hits the toe of the bat to chip to short midwicket. Clean catch. One more wicket for Southee 221/9
    not out
    9
    13
    4
    2
    0
    225.00
    Extras
    6 (w 6)
    TOTAL
    250 all out (30.3 Overs, RR: 8.19)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (J Charles, 1.2 ov), 2-27 (LMP Simmons, 5.3 ov), 3-80 (MN Samuels, 9.1 ov), 4-80 (D Ramdin, 9.5 ov), 5-120 (CH Gayle, 16.1 ov), 6-166 (DJG Sammy, 21.1 ov), 7-173 (JL Carter, 22.3 ov), 8-201 (AD Russell, 25.1 ov), 9-221 (JE Taylor, 27.6 ov), 10-250 (JO Holder, 30.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    TG Southee8182210.252410510
    TA Boult1034444.40443320
    DL Vettori6.305828.92122500
    AF Milne4042110.5086120
    CJ Anderson2024112.0052210

Match Notes

  • Wahab's roar, and mad Maxwell

    The Wahab v Watson subplot, a Geoffrey Edelsten lookalike and a clinical chase made for a great experience

  • Gayle personifies faltering West Indies

    If they're serious about building a quality team, they need to do it around Jason Holder

  • Cricket nerds in rugby territory

    When the new, improved and cult-status-acquring Black Caps 2015 are playing in the World Cup quarter final in their home, the hordes are bound to gather at Sydney Kiwi haunt, the Harlequin pub

  • Hesson doesn't mind quick turnaround

    Mike Hesson has called Martin Guptill's unbeaten 237 a "surreal" performance but New Zealand do not have much time to sit back and soak up the acclaim with just a 48-hour turnaround to their semi-final against South Africa at Eden Park

  • More boxes ticked as New Zealand eye summit

    From the first match of this World Cup, from the very first over, they have sought to impose themselves, to set and control the pace of play

Another Low

0

Number times WI have successfully chased a 300+ target. Every other Test nation has achieved this at least once.

Rising to the Occasion

5

Number of NZ batsmen who have scored hundreds in the quarters, semis or finals or any ODI tournament; Guptill is the fifth.

The Caribbean Donut

3-0

New Zealand's win-loss record against West Indies at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

NZ choose not to chase

5

Number of consecutive matches where New Zealand have batted second coming into this quarter final.