WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s opener Martin Guptill on Saturday smashed a double ton to record an imposing 393 for six against West Indies in the World Cup fourth quarter-final at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
Guptill scored 237 in 152 balls by delivering 24 boundaries and 11 sixes and remained ‘Not Out’. This is the second highest score in the World Cup so far. The first highest score was 215 by Chris Gayle against Zimbabwe in Canberra.
Chris Gayle, the other double centurion in the World Cup, came and congratulated Guptill at the Westpac stadium.
After reaching 393 for six, Guptill said, “It is a pretty cool feeling to be fair, but the job's only half done.”
Earlier luck was on Guptill's side as Marlon Samuels couldn't hold on to a low chance at short-leg in the third ball of the innings bowled by Jerome Taylor.
However, there was no looking back after that reprieve as Guptill anchored the innings with the others playing around him with a mix of caution and aggression.
While skipper Brendon McCullum, the danger man in the Kiwi line-up, perished early, Guptill held the innings together and added 62 runs for the second wicket with Kane Williamson (33).
After getting his eye in, Williamson was lured into going for a false shot by Andre Russell's slower delivery, bringing in Taylor to the crease.
(With PTI Inputs)