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  • New Zealand's Cricket World Cup semi-final heartbreak March 22, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand will hope it's a case of seventh time lucky when they face South Africa at Auckland's Eden Park on Tuesday, as all six of their previous World Cup semi-finals have ended in defeat. Below AFP Sport looks back at the Black Caps' litany of last-four woes: 1975, The Oval:...
  • A guide to the ICC World Cup 2015 semi-finals March 22, 2015

    The Cricket World Cup began on February 14 with 14 teams. More than a month later, the tournament has been reduced to four countries including defending champion India, four-time winners Australia and their co-host New Zealand, and South Africa. "The best four teams are in the semi-finals, and I don't think...
  • World Cup: Guptill's innings greatest in ODI history by a New Zealand player March 22, 2015

    It is easy to throw around superlatives to describe and categorise Martin Guptill's monumental 237 not out against West Indies in the World Cup quarterfinal in Wellington on Saturday (March 21). But there is no question in my mind that it is the greatest limited-overs innings in history by a New...
  • Best four in World Cup semis, says Mike Hesson March 22, 2015

    Auckland: There can be no argument about the make up of the World Cup semi-finals, with the best four teams still alive, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson declared on Sunday. New Zealand were the last confirmed semi-finalists when Martin Guptill's stunning 237 not out set up a lopsided 143-run victory over...
  • World Cup quarter-finals: Guptill, big retirements, favourites through March 22, 2015

    Favourites India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia registered comprehensive victories against their opponents in the quarter-finals to book their spot in the last four of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Hosts Australia and New Zealand reached the semis for the record seventh time, South Africa won their first...
  • World Cup Exclusive: New Zealand in prime form to play maiden final March 22, 2015

    (Legendary New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) I think Martin Guptill's coming back to some great form with a fabulous knock of 237...
  • World Cup 2015: Knock has not sunk in yet, says Martin Guptill March 21, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who smashed an unbeaten 237 off 163 balls against the West Indies in the cricket World Cup quarter-final here on Saturday, said his innings has not sunk in yet. The 28-year-old hammered his way to the highest World Cup individual score and the second highest...
  • World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum hails 'sublime' Martin Guptill knock March 21, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum acclaimed opener Martin Guptill's World Cup record 237 not out against West Indies on Saturday as one of the best ever seen in one-day cricket. The co-hosts overwhelmed the twice former champions by 143 runs in the final quarter-final at the Wellington Regional Stadium to...
  • World Cup: Would like to remain West Indies captain, says Jason Holder March 21, 2015

    Wellington: Newly-appointed West Indies skipper Jason Holder said that he would like to keep leading the Caribbean side despite losing the World Cup quarter-final to New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday. New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs to enter the semi-finals of the mega event where...
  • Kings of Cricket: New Zealand enter semis after win over West Indies March 21, 2015

    Chasing 394, WI were all out for 250 runs in 30.3 overs as NZ reached the semis of a World Cup for the seventh time. Martin Guptill scored 237 and Trent Boult picked up 4 wickets. ...
  • World Cup: New Zealand victory march rolls over West Indies to enter semis March 21, 2015

    The name Martin is synonymous with New Zealand cricket in general, and batting excellence in particular, and the man who made it so, Crowe, would not have begrudged the fact that it was another who caused the name to ring around Wellington's Cake Tin with the kind of exuberant reverence...
  • Kings of Cricket: Guptill's double ton powers NZ to 393 vs WI March 21, 2015

    Martin Guptill's record-breaking double century saw New Zealand pile up a colossal 393 for six against the West Indies in their World Cup quarter-final at Wellington Stadium. ...
  • World Cup: Guptill schools West Indies with 237 not out off 163 balls March 21, 2015

    New Zealand opener Martin Guptill joined an elite list on a Super Saturday in Wellington, becoming the first Kiwi and only the fifth batsman ever to score a score an ODI double hundred. And doing that in a knockout match made it even more special. The right-hander smashed West Indies bowlers...
  • World Cup: Twitter flooded after double-centurion Guptill's miraculous knock March 21, 2015

    New Zealand opener, Martin Guptill scored second double century of the World Cup, when he smashed West Indies bowlers all across the park in the fourth quarter-finals of the World Cup 2015 at the Regional Stadium in Wellington on Saturday. His 200 came off just 152 deliveries including 21 fours and...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs West Indies, World Cup 2015, semi-finals March 21, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) A much-anticipated pulsating battle between New Zealand's bowlers and two-time champions West Indies' big hitters may well decide the fourth quarter-final of the World Cup. Co-hosts New Zealand are high on confidence after romping into the knock-out stage with an all-win record in...
  • World Cup 2015: New Zealand's road to quarter-finals March 20, 2015

    New Zealand entered the World Cup 2015 quarter-finals with an unblemished record winning all the six matches in the pool stage and are one of the favorites. The co-hosts have arguably the most balanced side in the World Cup, all of whom have stepped up at one stage or another during...
  • World Cup: Jason Holder has skills to lead Windies, says Richard Hadlee March 20, 2015

    Wellington: Fast bowling great Richard Hadlee has given Jason Holder a ringing endorsement, saying he is impressed with the cricketing skills and leadership of the young West Indies captain. "I like the look of captain Jason Holder. He seems very calm for someone so young and someone carrying so much responsibility,"...
  • World Cup: West Indies needs a collective performance, says Viv Richards March 20, 2015

    The quarter-final stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is upon us and this marks the business end of the tournament. It is my belief that form goes out of the window at this juncture and luck plays a crucial part. You can come to the quarter-finals with a...
  • Chris Harris visits the Cricketnext desk March 20, 2015

    Walking across from the CNN-IBN studios to the Cricketnext desk, the former NZ allrounder talks cricket while saying 'Hi' to the team. ...
  • World Cup: Confidence booming in West Indies camp, says Johnson Charles March 20, 2015

    Wellington: Opening batsman Johnson Charles says there is a growing sense of self-belief in the West Indies dressing room as the regional side trains its sight on the big quarter-final against joint hosts New Zealand. The weather has been cold and chilly by Caribbean standards, with the temperature dipping to 15...
  • World Cup 2015: West Indies' road to quarter-finals March 20, 2015

    West Indies, who will face the co-hosts New Zealand in the fourth and the last quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Saturday, can consider themselves somewhat lucky to reach the knockout stage. While the Kiwis were clinical and won all their six pool matches, West Indies struggled and were...
  • World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum confident ahead of West Indies match March 20, 2015

    Brendon McCullum also said that New Zealand will try to play an entertaining and attacking brand of cricket. ...
  • West Indies out to end New Zealand's World Cup dream March 20, 2015

    Wellington: There is a burning intensity to the New Zealand Cricket team at the moment. And it is the incandescent Brendon McCullum who is fanning the flames, having poured the fuel and lit the fire just in time for the World Cup. A team that usually flies well under the...
  • West Indies wind up pressure on New Zealand ahead of World Cup quarters March 20, 2015

    Wellington: The West Indies' gamesmanship in the lead-up to Saturday's Cricket World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand proves the adage that many a true word is spoken in jest. The tone of the West Indies' trash talk has been that unbeaten New Zealand, unbeaten and riding a growing wave of expectation,...
  • World Cup 2015: New Zealand, West Indies game will be intriguing March 20, 2015

    Fire and ice. Oil and water. Call it what you like but New Zealand's ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final against the West Indies is an intriguing clash of styles. It is the drill and discipline of a host nation on a golden run of form - admittedly with a fair...
  • World Cup 2015: Win over favourites NZ would be huge for Windies, says Jason Holder March 20, 2015

    A victory for West Indies against New Zealand in their cricket World Cup quarter-final on Saturday would be "huge" for fans back in the Caribbean eager to put months of controversy behind them, according to captain Jason Holder. West Indies, who looked unlikely quarter-finalists at the start of the World Cup,...
  • World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle trains for first time ahead of quarter-final March 20, 2015

    Chris Gayle continued to dominate the build-up to the World Cup quarter-final between New Zealand and West Indies when captain Jason Holder said a decision on his fitness would be delayed until Saturday. The opening batsman's lingering back injury flared up in the latter stages of the first round, forcing him...
  • World Cup 2015: We attack, attack, attack because it works, says McCullum March 20, 2015

    New Zealand will stick with their crash, bang, wallop brand of cricket in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies because it gives them the best chance of winning, captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday. The 33-year-old McCullum has electrified the tournament with his belligerent attacking style -- both with bat...
  • Meet Chris Harris the medical representative very few know March 19, 2015

    Mention the name of Chris Harris and what flashes before the eyes is a left-hander thrashing Australia in the quarter-finals of the 1996 World Cup or a cricket ball finding it difficult to beat a New Zealander in the point region. But meet Harris 11 years after he quit international cricket,...