Windies through

West Indies are through to the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup after beating the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in New Zealand on Sunday.

West Indies will play tournament favorites New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday.

The UAE fell to 26-5 in Napier as West Indies captain Jason Holder took 4-27.

It should have been a comfortable victory for the Caribbean side after that, but UAE fought back through Nasir Aziz and Amjad Javed, who took advantage of sloppy bowling to add 107 for the seventh wicket and take their total to 175 all out.

Johnson Charles and Jonathan Carter struck 50s as West Indies coasted to victory in 30.3 overs.

New Zealand finished unbeaten and top of Pool A, including a low-scoring one-wicket win over four-time champion Australia.

Defending champion India won six straight to top Pool B, an amazing form reversal after they failed to win a single competitive match on Australian soil in the two months leading up to the World Cup.

The quarterfinals start on Wednesday with 1996 champion Sri Lanka against South Africa, followed by India against Bangladesh, Australia versus Pakistan, and New Zealand hosting West Indies in Wellington on Saturday.

The only surprising absence from the last eight is England, who lost four of their six matches, including heavy defeats to Australia and New Zealand, a nine-wicket loss to Sri Lanka and a 15-run defeat to Bangladesh.

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