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Guptill's innings unforgettable: McCullum

Sat, Mar 21, 2015, 02:31 PM
Wellington, March 21: A jubilant New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said on Saturday that opener Martin Guptill’s innings will be etched in his memory forever.

Guptill hammered an unbeaten 237 off 163 deliveries to take New Zealand to 393/6 in the World Cup quarter-final. The Black Caps then followed up to bowl out the West Indies for 250, ensuring a comprehensive 143-run victory at the Wellington Regional Stadium here.

“The innings we have witnessed today is probably the best innings I have seen in my life in this form of the game, just sublime. I will never forget it. Everybody here feels the same I guess,” said McCullum at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Guptill's double century is now the second highest individual score in One-Day Internationals (ODI) after Rohit Sharma's 264. It is also the highest score by a player in World Cup history, overtaking Chris Gayle's 215 which the Jamaican scored against Zimbabwe earlier in the quadrennial event.

New Zealand now play South Africa in the semi-final at Eden Park, Auckland, on Tuesday.
Agency: IANS

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