Good morning folks and welcome to Sport Mole's
live coverage of the fourth quarter-final of this year's Cricket World Cup
, between New Zealand
and West Indies. We start in just under half an hour, and we'll have news of who has won the toss shortly.
NEW ZEALAND WIN THE TOSS AND ELECT TO BAT
So New Zealand have won the toss here in sunny Wellington and will bat first. The co-hosts have been in fine form with the bat so far, and will hope that the likes of Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor can help them compile a high total.
: Chris Gayle
plays for West Indies, which is a surprise as he had been expected to miss out through injury. He replaces Dwayne Smith in the side, while Sulieman Benn is recalled. New Zealand have made one change, as Adam Milne replaces Mitchell McClenaghan.
NEW ZEALAND XI
: Martin Guptill
, Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Eliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne.
WEST INDIES XI
: Chris Gayle
, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels
, Jonathan Carter, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (c), Jerome Taylor
, Sulieman Benn.
The winner of this tie will face South Africa in the semi-finals, and New Zealand are the red hot favourites to make it. But West Indies are capable of pulling off a shock if their big guns fire and, as the other quarter-finals have gone to form, we should be due an upset.
FORM: New Zealand are the form side of this World Cup, along with India, and topped Pool A with six wins out of six. In comparison, West Indies staggered through as they lost three games to Ireland, India and South Africa.
We could set for a lively first hour, as Brendon McCullum opens the batting for New Zealand. The captain likes to free his arms and score quickly, so expect the runs to flow early on. The players are out on the field, and the national anthems will begin shorty.
The stadium is far from full, which is a surprise as the game is apparently sold out.
This West Indies anthem is an upbeat number, although there isn't a lot of singing going on from the players. Now it's New Zealand's turn.
The crowd burst into applause as the anthem finishes, and we're ready to go here in Wellington. Can New Zealand live up to their billing as favourites? Or can West Indies halt their momentum? It's time to find out...
bowls the first over of the match, and his first ball is slapped down the ground for four by Martin Guptill. Great start for New Zealand. Taylor's second ball is a dot, but his third should bring a wicket! Guptill flicks it in the air towards square on the on-side, but Marlon Samuel drops it! It wasn't straightforward, but it's a great chance. Guptill comfortably sees out the rest of the over.
Captain Jason Holder shares the new ball with Taylor, and he gets off to a good start with three consecutive dot balls. The ball is swinging out there, despite the sunny conditions. Guptill earns a single off the fourth ball of the over to put McCullum on strike for the first time. The skipper takes a quick single off his first ball, before Guptill slashes at a wide delivery and it flies down to third man. Three runs from it, but New Zealand look aggressive.
Martin Guptill is in the mood today! He starts the third over with two fine fours down the ground. Taylor is trying to bowl full so he can get it to swing, but Guptill looks untroubled. Taylor pulls his length back and Guptill blocks for the rest of the over, which puts McCullum back on strike.
It's captain v captain at the beginning of the fourth, and McCullum immediately shows his intent with a well-timed clip off his leg for four. Holder tries to bowl short, but McCullum lifts him into the crowd for six! Brilliant shot, and the crowd goes wild. New Zealand have made a great start here, and are looking to score very quickly.
WICKET! McCULLUM (12) c HOLDER b TAYLOR
McCullum loses his wicket in a blaze of glory, as he tries to smash Taylor into the stands. However, he miscues it and it flies straight up in the air. Holder holds his nerve and takes a fine catch in the deep, and the skipper is gone. Guptill hits another four with a controlled strike through the off-side, and we'll now get a glance at new man Kane Williamson.
Big chance of a run out here, but Lendl Simmons's wayward throw misses the stumps by miles. Williamson was short after a communication mix-up, and this pair look edgy. The fielders need to be alert here, because a run out is not unlikely.
Taylor is bowling too full here, as Williamson follows Guptill's lead and drives him down the ground for four. It wasn't a sweet strike though as it travelled in the air for a while, although Taylor had no real chance of taking a catch. The batsman doesn't mistime his next ball as he blows away the cobwebs with a delightful flick through midwicket. A thick edge brings another four to complete the over, and Taylor looks disheartened.
Holder has had a strong World Cup so far, and he's bowled a tight over here. Guptil can do little with such accuracy, until he punches one through the off-side and picks up three.
Taylor is hauled off after his expensive start, and on comes lanky spinner Sulieman Benn. It's not a good start from the left-armer, as his first ball is way too short and rightly punished by Guptill, who cuts it for four. The ball is not spinning yet which makes Benn easy to play against, and four more singles follow.
Williamson is a world-class batsman and he's due a score against West Indies, as he averages just 29 against them in his last eight attempts. He seems determined to get one, as he finds the boundary for the fourth time with a nice cut shot. New Zealand may have lost their captain in that powerplay, but they'll be happy that runs are flowing.
West Indies spread their fielders as the powerplay restrictions lift, but that doesn't stop Guptill smacking Benn for four off a low full-toss. The spinner has had a tough start, as his line and length have been awry and New Zealand have found him easy to score off.
Holder introduces Andre Russell, and his new mohawk haircut, into the equation. Two dot balls are followed by a single and a two, as Williamson gets a thick edge down to third man. Russell tries to bowl short, but it doesn't work as the batsman pulls his comfortably to the boundary. That's the 50 partnership already, and it's come off just 47 balls.
That's much better from Benn, who has found his rhythm. He's picked his pace up, and a consistent line and length gives Guptill nothing to hit. He bowls a maiden, and it's well deserved.
Russell continues to fire it in short, and Williamson is too tempted to let the first one go. He mistimes it into the deep, and that may put him off for a while. There isn't a lot in this wicket for the bowlers, and West Indies are going to have to work hard.
Benn is back, and he wraps the first ball into Guptill's pads. He appeals loudly for lbw, but this one is clearly going down leg side. Two balls later, he does the same to Williamson and they refer the umpire's not out decision to the television match official. Wow, that is close! The replay suggests the ball may have hit leg stump, but there is too much doubt to over turn it and Williamson remains at the crease.
WICKET! WILLIAMSON (33) c GAYLE b RUSSELL
A neat TV graphic shows that Williamson has the second highest batting average in one-day cricket ever for a number three! He's going well here, and is scoring at a run a ball. Russell bowls a no-ball and that gives us the first free-hit of the day. However, Williamson misses out as the ball flies through to the keeper. Wow, wicket! Where did that come from?! Williamson slaps a short and wide ball straight down the throat of Chris Gayle and he takes a smart catch. That's soft from Williamson, although he seems to be blaming it for sticking in the pitch. No matter, he's out. Ross Taylor is the next man in.
Guptill is even more key now, and he'll hope to be the glue in this innings for New Zealand, just like Rohit Sharma was for India on Thursday. His new partner,Taylor, has had a sluggish World Cup so far, but he's still ranked as the 11th best one-day batsman. He gets off the mark with a quick single to mid-on, but Benn continues to keep it tight.
Russell is mixing up his pace nicely here. A slower one caught out Williamson in his last over, and he almost gets Guptill here with a much quicker bouncer. The opener tries to pull it, but misses it completely. The crowd are much quieter now, and New Zealand look a little uncomfortable. Four runs still come though, and they are closing in on three figures.
Benn drops his length short at the beginning of the 19th, and Taylor tries to capitalise on it. However, he picks out the fielder at backward point. Guptill shows him how to do it later on though, with a superb cut shot that dissects the fielders and runs for four. That's a good over for New Zealand, and Guptill is nearing his half-century.
FIFTY! Taylor will want an early boundary to settle his nerves, but Russell isn't giving him anything to hit here. A single off the fifth ball moves him onto six from 14 balls, before Guptill brings up his 50 with a single. That's an important knock from the opener, but his team will expect many more to come.
Guptill shows his class with a fantastic sweep shot to the boundary off Benn. He's been eyeing that up for a while. Taylor also turns him round the corner for three, before Guptill emphatically cuts the left-armer to the fence off a short final ball. Holder may need to take his spinner off here, as his line and length have gone missing.
Ex-captain Darren Sammy is on to bowl some of his medium pace, as Russell is handed a rest. Taylor and Guptill have no issues moving it around though, and the singles come easily.
Benn has indeed been taken off, and he's been replaced by Marlon Samuels
and his part-time off-spin. The 34-year-old has three wickets so far, and his team could really do with him picking up one or two here. He doesn't threaten too in his opening over though, as a bunch of singles is followed by another Guptill boundary through the off-side.
Sammy is accurate but he can't stop this New Zealand pair finding regular singles. A good piece of football by Benn prevents Taylor's leg-side flick from going to the boundary. He has a good touch for a big man does Sulieman. Some would say it's been better than his bowling so far today!
It's a slow pitch in Wellington, which is allowing the New Zealand batsman to use their feet and move the ball around. Three more runs come, and New Zealand reach the half-way stage in a commanding position.
A thick edge of the first ball of Sammy's latest over runs along the ground for a single, and that brings up the 50 partnership between Guptill and Taylor. That has flown by very quickly! Sammy has done a good job so far. He's mixing up his pace, and his length and New Zealand get just two runs.
Guptill and Taylor look like they're having a lazy hit on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. Samuel's pace is gentle, there is no spin at all and the pair easily place all six deliveries into the gaps for singles.
Taylor's body language is more positive now, and his confidence seems to have returned with some time at the crease. He's moved on to 22, while Guptill is on 78. Sammy is solely there to keep the run flow down, but there are plenty of gaps for this pair to exploit and they do with three singles.
Guptill opens the face of the bat and runs the ball down to third man for three more runs, which takes him into the 80s. Three more singles completes the over, and West Indies' game plan may need tinkering. New Zealand are finding this far too easy.
Could Holder bring on one of his quick bowlers to try and break this partnership? The only unused bowling option is Chris Gayle, and he's carrying a slight injury. Sammy goes for five runs in this over, largely thanks to Guptill, who reaches the fence again with a well-timed shot through the on-side.
Taylor injects some much needed excitement into the proceedings, as he tries to lift Samuel into the stands down the ground. He's a lucky boy though, as his mis-hit shot goes up in the air but Taylor can't quite get around from long-on quick enough to take the catch. That's lifted the mood a bit.
Sammy almost catches Taylor out as he darts one down the leg-side. Ramdin, who is standing up the stumps, whips the bails off but Taylor's foot remains grounded throughout. Samuels is having a poor day in the field as he lets a second ball slip through his fingers, allowing the batsman an easy single.
Guptil moves into the 90s with a brilliant straight drive down the ground for four. That's his 12th four of the innings. A series of singles follow, before Taylor's on-side flick earns two runs. That's good running from this pair.
Guptill deserves a century, but he almost throws it away by ball-watching. An easy single is on offer and Taylor sprints down the wicket, but Gutpill doesn't respond and can thank a poor throw for allowing him to get in. The opener is now on 97, and his 100 is imminent.
CENTURY! Samuels is back for a seventh over, showing that Holder is happy with this spell of the game. Taylor pushes him for a quick single into the off-side. A clever dab down to third man brings Guptill two runs, but he brings up his 100 on the next ball with a single. That's back-to-back hundreds for the opener, and he has a chance to score a real big one here. Taylor rubs salt into Samuels's wounds with a paddle sweep for four. How costly was that early drop? Very!
CENTURY PARTNERSHIP! 15 overs to go, and New Zealand decide to take the powerplay! This is where Taylor should excel....and sure enough he cuts Sammy away for four off the second ball to bring up a 100 partnership between the pair, before Guptill steals the show with an almighty six into the crowd!! Wow, that went about 40 rows back. Majestic shot. A single off the final ball brings up the 200, and New Zealand will be looking to score around 350 from here.
This is very brave from Holder, as he brings Benn back into the attack. It doesn't start well for the spinner, who is swept for four by Guptill off his first ball. Another boundary follows two balls later, as the centurion cuts a loose ball behind square. Benn's been a gamble today, but it hasn't worked.
Jerome Taylor, who took the wicket of McCullum in the opening powerplay, is back for a spell. He bowled four overs at the beginning of the innings, but he proved to be expensive and Guptill welcomes him back with a four through long-on. He follows that up with a massive six, and a second four. New Zealand are piling on the runs now and it doesn't look like West Indies have an answer.
WICKET! TAYLOR (42) RUN OUT
Benn continues, and Taylor takes a single. He knows Guptill is on fire and he wants to get him on strike as much as possible. The opener is striking the ball so cleanly, and he hits another missile into the stands. That's recorded at 97 metres! The joy doesn't last though as Taylor sprints down the crease sensing a single, and he's easily run out! Good innings from Taylor, but his luck just isn't in right now. Corey Anderson in the next man in, and he blocks his first two balls.
Can anyone stop Guptill today? Holder is back, and his first ball is cracked for four, high over the in-field by the rampant opener. It's a poor ball from the bowler. Corey Anderson isn't here to block either, and he'll be swinging hard. Not yet though, as he watchfully sees off a couple of balls, but his last is cracked through the off-side and only some good fielding prevents another four.
150! The powerplay is over, but New Zealand will be happy with the 40 runs they scored. Guptill clearly wants to carry on hitting boundaries, as he hooks a short Benn delivery for four. He collect a single off his next ball, and that brings up his 150. Brilliant innings! Benn has taken some punishment today, and has been hit for 66 runs.
Russell is back, and he's likely to bowl through to the end. Anderson welcomes him with a six off the top edge, which travels 75 metres! The left-hander is opening his arms up now, as he plunders Russell over his head for four more. It was a brutal hit, but it was controlled, and New Zealand are surging towards 300.
Holder has changed ends and it seems to work as he concedes just two runs from his first three balls. However, it doesn't take Guptill long to adjust and he launches him into the crowd for his fourth maximum! Guptill is closing in on the 189 he scored against England two years ago! Another brutal hit at the end of the over goes a mile back! Stunning hit. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this performance!
WICKET! ANDERSON (15) c GAYLE b RUSSELL
Russell finds a much needed breakthrough for West Indies, as Anderson pulls a shortish ball straight to midwicket off the toe end of the bat. Grant Elliott is the new man in, and he gets off the mark with a dabbed single to slip.
Guptill starts the 45th over by striking another six down the ground, which makes this the largest innings by a New Zealand batsman in a World Cup! Meanwhile, West Indies are falling apart out here, as Charles lets an Elliott pull shot go right through him in the deep, and for another boundary. That's woeful from the fielder, who limply reached down to try and pick it up. Guptill brings up the 300, with two more massive sixes!! He's on to 188 not out.
Russell starts with a wide, as he tries to bowl a yorker. He's been the best bowler on show so far, but that isn't saying much. Guptill strikes his 19th four to go to his highest ever one-day score, surpassing the 189 he scored against England. Elliott joins in the fun two balls later with his first six, and follows that up with an even bigger hit which seemed to go as high as it did far. New Zealand are just 22 runs shy of 350 now! Can they even go on and reach 360, or 370?
WICKET! ELLIOTT (27) lbw b TAYLOR
Holder brings back the expensive Jerome Taylor to try and restore some sort of order but Elliott climbs into his short and wide delivery by putting it away for four. Taylor gets his revenge though, as he gets him out lbw with a full delivery next time round. But he can't stop Guptill, who drills a lofted four back over his head, before a single takes him to 199.
DOUBLE CENTURY! This innings by Martin Guptill is going to be remembered for a very long time! He brings up his double hundred with his 21st four and becomes the first New Zealand batsman to score a double hundred in a one-day international! And he has the added pleasure of doing it in a home World Cup. He then goes on to bring up the 350 with two more boundaries, and Russell has no answers to this boundary bombardment.
WICKET! RONCHI (9) c BENN b TAYLOR
In the middle of that excitement, I forgot to say that Luke Ronchi is now at the crease. He announces himself to the crowd with a four down to third man, before a second one flies over midwicket. But the fun doesn't last, as he finds Benn on the edge of the circle and the big man claims a simple catch. New batter Daniel Vettori doesn't take long to settle either, and he hits his first two balls for four.
Guptill walks down the pitch and tells Vettori that the six he has just hit is "massive". Well, he's not wrong. This flies on to the roof! And this isn't a small ground either. Unbelievable. He backs that up with another mighty blow down the ground and a four square of the wicket. He finishes the innings with two more maximums. And New Zealand finish on 393-6!
That was a batting masterclass from Guptill! Words don't so it justice! Outstanding hitting. He hit 24 fours and 11 sixes in that knock, which will surely go down as one of the best the World Cup has ever seen.
West Indies went to pieces at the end there, and they will have to regroup quickly.They have a massive run chase ahead of them, but it is not insurmountable. It has been done before. Australia hit 434 against South Africa in 2006, and the Proteas successfully chased it down. So it can be done!!
Join us in about half an hour to find out if Chris Gayle and his heavy hitting teammates can inspire West Indies to do something special.
Welcome backs folks, West Indies are about to their run chase underway. Does anyone give them any hope?
So then Chris Gayle, can you top what Martin Guptill just did? Tim Southee opens the bowling for New Zealand, but he can't stop the powerful opener geting off the mark with a single from his first ball. Johnson Charles picks up three, and it's a solid start for everyone.
WICKET! CHARLES (3) b BOULT
Oh dear....Johnson Charles is gone, and he has some explaining to do to his teammates. Trent Boult gets his first ball to swing, so instead of being cautious, Charles shuffles his feet, exposes his stumps and tries to whack the second ball into the crowd. Needless to say he misses, and the stumps are splattered. Lendl Simmons is the new man in, and he sensibly watches the ball carefully.
Some astonishing keeping from Luke Ronchi stops a Southee delivery, which hits a footmark and kicks up, from going for four. Southee is bowling some beauties in this over, and Gayle is struggling to get any bat on it. The fast bowler is convinced that Gayle has nicked the final ball through to the keeper, and he tells McCullum to review it. It ends up being a waste though, as he clearly missed it. Early indications are not good for West Indies.
This is a really good start by the New Zealand bowlers. Their fast and accurate, and Simmons can't work any of the first five deliveries into the gaps. He runs the final one down to deep point for a single, to complete the over
Superb strike from Lendl Simmons sees West Indies find the boundary for the first time off the second ball of the fifth over. Southee was a little over-pitched and Simmons emphatically drilled it back past him. There is a worry over Chris Gayle though, as he looks uncomfortable running between the wickets. It looks like he'll have to focus on hitting boundaries, but when has that ever bothered him? He hits a flat six, and then a four to complete the over.
WICKET! SIMMONS (12) c GUPTILL b BOULT
Simmons opens the sixth over by dispatching Boult for six, but disaster strikes as he tries to open the off-side with his feet and he nicks the ball through to Guptill in the slips. The Kiwi hero makes no mistake and West Indies are two down. Marlon Samuels in the next man in, and you feel he owes his team a lot of runs after his important drop earlier.
Spinners are seeing a lot of action in the powerplays in this World Cup, and that trend continues as Daniel Vettori comes on in just the seventh over. Samuels picks up a single off the first ball, but Gayle clearly isn't comfortable. He looks like a disaster waiting to happen between the wicket. Three massive sixes follow though! Wow, we have been entertained today. If Gayle stays in for an hour or two then he will pile on the runs. For the sake of the game, lets hope he does!
Samuels seems keen to get Gayle on strike, and who can blame him. When he finally manages it, his teammate doesn't let him down as another brutal hit off the back foot flies down the ground for six more! The scary thing is, it looked like he mis-hit that! Boult almost has him with the final ball of the over though, as a brilliant yorker goes inches past the stumps.
Vettori isn't risked after that one-off punishing over, as Southee is brought back. Samuels is a powerful hitter too, and he strikes two fine fours to start the over. Two more runs follow and Gayle is hobbling badly. Remember, you can't have runners anymore so Gayle will have to find a way of dealing with it. The next ball gets whacked for six more from Samuels and he follows that up with a four! What hitting! West Indies are being extremely bold, and it's paying off so far. With Gayle clearly injured, both players have decided to deal in boundaries, which is making for great entertainment.
WICKET! SAMUELS (27) c VETTORI b BOULT
WICKET! RAMDIN (0) lbw b BOULT
WOW! What a catch from Daniel Vettori, who leaps like a salmon to catch a Marlon Samuels smack on the boundary. Samuels thinks it's going for six, but Vettori leaps up and claims it with one hand. That's special, and it has lifted this crowd again. Denesh Ramdin comes in to partner Gayle and he lasts three balls before Boult pins him lbw with a straight ball. Ramdin was playing down the wrong line and he's paid the price. What a disastrous over for West Indies, and that could kill their challenge.
Poor Tim Southee...his bowling partner, Trent Boult, has four wickets already, but he keeps getting belted into the crowd by an increasingly desperate Gayle. Two more huge sixes, one of which is measured at 99 metres, adds 12 to the total and maintains this very healthy run rate.
Jonathan Carter is Gayle's new partner and he is lucky to survive his first ball as an edge doesn't quite carry to slip. He gets off the mark two balls later with fine cut shot for four, before a crisp cover drive punishes a wayward Boult delivery and brings up 100 for West Indies. This guy can play, as those two impressive shots show.
FIFTY! Young Adam Milne is on to replace Tim Southee, who suffered a torrid time in his opening five overs. Milne v Gayle should be a fun battle, as the Kiwi can bowl seriously fast! Gayle watches a couple of early balls and rotates the strike with Carter, before he flicks the fourth ball round the corner for a boundary. That brings up his half century, and it's come off just 27 balls.
Boult is bowling superbly today, and he almost gets his fifth wicket with a fine ball that beats the outside edge of Carter's bat. Brendon McCullum is confident enough to have two slips in place, and Boult seems to be targeting the corridor of uncertainty outside off stump. It's a maiden over for Boult, and Carter looks rattled.
Milne is keen to bowl short at Gayle, but the experienced opener is happy to see him do it. He bludgeons his eighth six of his innings, with a flat pull shot before he flicks a single to midwicket. Carter is easier to tie down, and Gayle will now face Boult.
Gayle gets away from Boult with a clip down to square leg, which brings a nervy Carter back on strike. But the youngster gives a loose ball the treatment it deserves with a fine pull shot through midwicket. Boult beats him twice more though, and he'll want to continue into a ninth straight over. The left-armer has current figures of 8-3-32-4.
WICKET! GAYLE (61) b MILNE
New Zealand get the key wicket of Chris Gayle! And that should be the wicket which, realistically, wins the game for the co-hosts. Gayle tries to hit Milne out of orbit, but he throws the shot too early and his stumps get rearranged. Great moment for Milne. Darren Sammy is the next man in and he's keen to carry on Gayle's noble work, as he crashes two fours off his first two balls.
Boult does carry on into a ninth over as McCullum hunts wickets. He wants to get this game over with, and he's half way there already. Boult is bowling accurate yorkers at Sammy, and the big man is struggling to dig them out. Sammy wants to free his arms and have plenty width to play with, but Boult is too clever to give him that.
Now that Gayle has gone, it's safe for Vettori to come back. Sammy is still a dangerous opponent though, and drives him over cover for four. It was at a catchable height, but no man can catch something that is hit that hard. Carter also joins in on the bullying, as he cracks a six and a four to safely see his side past 150. I'm not sure we'll see Vettori again today.
Boult is into his final over, and West Indies will be very relieved to see the back of him. Carter scores two for a nice pull shot, before Sammy clears mid-off with another six. He's already on to 25 not out. Brilliant spell from Boult, who finishes with figures of 10-3-44-4.
Vettori is back, with a clear disregard for his economy rate. Although he fares much better in this over with just four singles from it.
WICKET! SAMMY (27) c RONCHI b ANDERSON
All-rounder Corey Anderson is the man who takes over from Boult. He starts with a wide, but he won't mind as he gets Sammy out with his next ball. The former Windies captain sliced a short one high into the night sky, and Ronchi held his nerve to take the catch. Andre Russell is the new batsman and he gets off to a good start with a four through midwicket.
WICKET! CARTER (32) b VETTORI
Vettori has really slowed his pace down in the last over or two, but he catches Carter out with a much quicker ball that the young batsman didn't predict. He drags the ball on to off stump and his day is done. New Zealand are just three wickets away now, and you feel that the end is nigh.
Captain Jason Holder is Russell's new partner, and he gets lucky with a loose waft outside off stump that races away for four. Russell clearly doesn't want to feel his way into his innings either as he launches a six into the crowd, before slashing a four behind square. It's still very entertaining here in Wellington.
Vettori will not want to toss the ball up again, as Holder lofts it back over his head for six. A few singles complete the over, and West Indies, remarkably, reach 200. They're meeting the required run rate, but have lost far too many wickets.
WICKET! RUSSELL (20) b SOUTHEE
Tim Southee was sent all round the park earlier on, but he comes back strongly and scatters the stumps of Andre Russell, who swung his bat so fast he would have sent the ball into the Pacific Ocean had he connected. Jerome Taylor is the new man in, and he hits back-to-back fours through the leg side, before Holder pulls Southee into the stands for six. You have to admire West Indies for their care-free attitude but they haven't batted sensibly at all.
Vettori is going at over ten an over, but he manages to create some calm in this over. Taylor chases a six but mistimes his shot and almost gets caught in the deep. Four singles come off it, and Vettori will be pleased.
WICKET! TAYLOR (11) c GUPTILL b SOUTHEE
Taylor's hand-eye co-ordination is a little off here, as he fails to properly connect with any of his first five swashes of the bat. He tries to go even bigger with his sixth, and only succeeds in steering it straight to Martin Guptill. Game over for Taylor, and now Sulieman Benn comes to the crease.
Jason Holder should have come in further up the order. Three more clean hits reach the boundary, and a single makes sure that the apparently useless Sulieman Benn doesn't start the next over. That's good from the captain.
Holder continues to hit, and hit hard. He takes a step back and pulls a short ball through midwicket for another boundary, but he's almost caught out two balls later. Here comes Benn...who's so tall, he looks like he's playing with a child's cricket set. The tailender gets a boundary though, as an inside edge flies down to the fine leg fence before he drills a hard shot through the leg side. That was a great shot. This West Indies team can all hit the ball so cleanly.
WICKET! HOLDER 42) c ANDERSON b VETTORI
WEST INDIES ALL OUT FOR 250
NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 143 RUNS
Holder finally hits one down a fielder's throat and it's game over here in Wellington. New Zealand have won in style, and they will face South Africa in the semi-finals.
It's been a great game of cricket, with so much entertainment. Martin Guptill's 237 was stunning, while West Indies refused to go down without a fight. But it's the co-hosts who are through to the semi-finals, and deservedly so. Their clash with South Africa is sure to be a cracker.
That's it from me. Thank you for joining Sports Mole this morning. Make sure you join us on Tuesday, as New Zealand return to action against South Africa. The winner of that one will go through to the World Cup final, so it is not to be missed! Until then...