Guptill hoping Black Caps can kick on


Martin Guptill is hoping there is more to come from New Zealand after they beat Pakistan to become the first team to reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.

The Black Caps beat hosts India in the first Super 10 match and followed that up by seeing off trans-Tasman rivals Australia to stand on the brink of the last four.

Guptill made a magnificent 80 off only 48 balls to inspire his side to a 22-run victory over Pakistan in Mohali which sealed New Zealand's place in the semi-finals with one Group 2 game remaining.

And the opening batsman is eager to maintain the high standards they have set in the remainder of the tournament.

"We found early the wicket was a bit better than what we'd been playing on and we were able to play our shots a bit more," said Guptill, who was named man of the match following his exploits against Pakistan.

"There were targets [in the first six overs] and we were lucky enough to hit those and put up a decent total.

"We got lucky with the new ball coming on a bit more, you're able to play your shots. At this stage we're playing some good cricket and hopefully we can keep it going."

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson was full of praise for his spinners after Mitchell Santner (2-29) and Ish Sodhi (1-25) impressed once again.

He said: "Our spinners have been very consistent and very smart. We've played on a couple of wickets that have spun viciously, we came here and they adapted nicely on a wicket that didn't take a huge amount of spin."