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Martin Guptill celebrates his century against West Indies. -Getty Images

Martin Guptill celebrates his century against West Indies.
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Cricket World Cup 2015: Martin Guptill Becomes Second Highest ODI Scorer
Martin Guptill slammed his double hundred in 152 balls and finished unbeaten on 237 (163 balls) in the World Cup quarter-final against West Indies in Wellington.

Martin Guptill created history when he became the first New Zealand player to hit a double century in ODIs. His eventual 237* was the second best in an ODI innings – second only to Rohit Sharma’s 264.

Guptill achieved the feat in the fourth quarter-final of World Cup 2015 against West Indies on Saturday, becoming just the second player to hit a World Cup double ton after Chris Gayle scored 215 vs Zimbabwe earlier in the tournament. The right-hander became the fifth player to score 200 in this format (It was the sixth occasion as Rohit Sharma had achieved the feat twice). (Live Scorecard|Live Updates)

Despite the records though, the player-of-the-match was adamant that celebrating would be premature. “The job is not done yet and don’t want to celebrate. Just want to thank our fans for coming out and supporting us once again,” he said at the post-match ceremony.

Factoids

* Guptill surpassed his own best of 189* which was the best by a Kiwi before Saturday’s match.

* Guptill slammed 137 off the final 52 balls that he faced.

* Guptill now has 498 runs in World Cup 2015.

* The two highest individual ODI scorers – Rohit and Guptill – were both dropped when they were on 4.

Guptill went past Gayle to become the highest individual scorer in World Cups. He eventually crossed Virender Sehwag (219) to have the second highest individual score in ODIs, after Rohit Sharma (264). He is now the only cricketer to have scored more than 150 in a World Cup knockout match. He is also the only Kiwi to have two scores in excess of 150 in ODIs. His previous best was 189 against England in 2013. The Kiwi opener finished off unbeaten on 237 off 163 balls.
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