Martin Guptill emulates Craig McMillan in the quarter final against West Indies
New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill performed a strange gesture with his two fingers after he went on to hit a delivery of West Indies pace bowler Andre Russell towards the top of the roof of the Westpac Stadium at Wellington, New Zealand during the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup of 2K15 4th and last quarter final match held between the host nation New Zealand and the West Indies on this Saturday. The gesture was later identified to be towards the current New Zealand batting coach and former Black Cap batsman of repute Craig McMillan, who is the only other record holding batsman to send the ball towards the top of the roof of the stadium causing a six, popularly known as the ‘Cake Tin’.
Guptill played the shot off the first delivery off the final over bowled by Andre Russell of the New Zealand innings, in which Russell conceded 20 runs off the over. The six, which measured of a distance covering of 110 metres, is considered to be one of the biggest sixes in the entire tournament. Guptill smashed 11 sixes and 24 fours during his stay at the crease, finishing on a score of 237 off 163 balls, the highest score in a World Cup match. The whirlwind innings surpassed Chris Gayle‘s 147 ball 215 runs haul against the minnow Zimbabwe, which was the first ever World Cup double century. Guptill was however earlier dropped on a score of just four runs.
New Zealand rode well on Guptill’s record smashing innings to finish on a score of 393 runs for the loss of six wickets. West Indies, in return, were never in the contest for chasing the total down, leave away doing with ease. However, Chris Gayle provided some fight initially with the bat early in the innings, smashing eight sixes and two fours during his 33 ball 61 runs tally. Skipper Jason Holder too chipped in with a 26-ball 42, as the West Indians bowed out of the tournament after getting dismissed for a score of 250, losing by 143 runs. New Zealand will face South Africa in a highly-anticipated semi-final at the Eden Park in Auckland on March 24.
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