World Cup QF: Will West Indies Surprise or Kiwis Equal Record!!

West Indies vs New Zealand match is the last quarterfinal of World Cup 2015, and based on performances at Group Stage probably the easiest to predict the winner too. At Wellington, Kiwis eye record equaling (with Australia) 7th semifinal in World Cup, while West Indies eyes its 5th semifinal. A New Zealand win ensures that World Cup gets a new team in Final, since 1996 World Cup when Sri Lanka won. On paper it appears another one-sided result in the knockout match with the Kiwis thumping West Indies at home.

World Cup Semifinals

    New Zealand: 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007, 2011
    West Indies: 1975, 1979, 1983, 1996

World Cup 2015: Schedules and Results

West Indies is awaiting final announcement on Gayle’s fitness, but the in-form New Zealand may not bother much. Its bowlers have ensured 6 teams were bowled out and no team could score beyond 210 (by Pak) against them. Boult, Southee and Vettori have not only grabbed wickets but have been very economic too. Their batsmen have not faced tough time except in the game against Australia, which the Kiwis won by 1 wicket.
West Indies Player Statistics in 2015 World Cup
K Player Statistics in 2015 World Cup

Batsmen of both teams have been impressive with West Indies scoring a hattrick of 300+ scores in the first three matches. One of them also produced the world cup record double century by Chris Gayle.

New Zealand on the other hand have been routing every team with batting. Batting first they have scored 300+ score, while chasing they have scored with a run rate above 5, even against Australia where they kept losing wickets.

In the World Cup both have won 3 matches against each other.
World Cup: West Indies 3, New Zealand 3

    Semifinal: West Indies def New Zealand by 5 wickets, MOM: Kallicharan
    Scores: New Zealand 158, WI 159/5


    West Indies def New Zealand by 32 runs, MOM: Clive Lloyd
    Score: WI 244/7, NZ 212/9


    NZ def WI by 5 wkts, MOM: Martin Crowe
    Score: WI 203/7, NZ 206/5


    WI def NZ by 7 wkts, MOM: Ridley Jacobs
    Score: NZ 156, WI 158/3


    NZ def WI by 20 runs, MOM: Adams
    Score: NZ 241/7 WI 221


    NZ def WI by 7 wkts, MOM: Oram
    Score: WI 177, NZ 179/3

Overall in 60 ODIs, West Indies won 30, New Zealand won 23, while 7 produced No Result.
Bilateral ODI Series: WI 6, NZ 4, Draw 1
Both had a whitewash of 5-0 at home, West Indies won 25, Kiwis won 18 matches and 4 matches produced no result.

    1979-80 NZ won 1-0 at home
    1984-85 WI won 5-0 at home
    1986/87 WI won 3-0 at NZ
    1994/95 WI won 3-0 at NZ
    1995/96 WI won 3-2 at home
    1999/00 NZ won 5-0 at home
    2002 WI won 3-1 (5) at home
    2005/06 NZ won 4-1 at home
    2008/09 NZ won 2-1 (5) at home
    2012 WI won 4-1 (5) at home
    2013/14 Draw 2-2 (5) at NZ

Other Tournaments
Wills World Series, 1994

    No Result
    West Indies 123 (39.1/50 ov); New Zealand 25/1 (9/50 ov)
    West Indies won by 135 runs
    West Indies 306/6 (50/50 ov); New Zealand 171/9 (50/50 ov)

NatWest Series, 2004

    No Result
    West Indies 122/4 (21/21 ov); New Zealand 97/2 (13.4/21 ov, target: 140)
    New Zealand won by 5 wickets
    West Indies 216 (46.2/50 ov); New Zealand 220/5 (46/50 ov)
    No Result
    FINAL: New Zealand won by 107 runs
    New Zealand 266 (49.2/50 ov); West Indies 159 (41.2/50 ov)

Overall, a West Indies win will surprise even themselves as the Kiwis are very strong in this World Cup, specially at home in Wellingtono.

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