Guptill plays with record as New Zealand pound Sri Lanka

CHRISTCHURCH: Martin Guptill played with a world record then needed to settle for a New Zealand one as he destroyed Sri Lanka’s knocking down some pins to guide his side to an exhaustive 10-wicket triumph in the second one-day worldwide in Christchurch on Monday.

Guptill, who had moved to 46 off 13 balls, had AB de Villiers’ record of 16 balls for a half-century in his sights before two yorkers from Nuwan Kulasekara finished the offer.

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He raised his 50 off 17 balls, with five limits and four sixes, as New Zealand pursued down Sri Lanka’s 117 off only 8.2 overs.

Guptill said he had no clue he was near De Villiers’ record before umpire Richard Illingworth specified it.

“Richard Illingworth said something like I was drawing near with a few balls to go and after that I got a few yorkers in there,” Guptill said in a broadcast meeting.

“I am really content with the way things are going (yet) I’ll take a 90 not out and the win as opposed to the quickest 50 and getting out.”

Guptill finished 93 not out, from 30 balls, while Tom Latham was on 17 as the hosts completed on 118 without misfortune to accomplish triumph before the planned meal break.

It was the second progressive overwhelming annihilation for the guests at Hagley Oval, after they were rocked the bowling alley out for 188 in the first amusement on Saturday, with Guptill and chief Brendon McCullum putting on a century stand in 10 overs to set up the seven-wicket triumph.

Sri Lanka’s senior players were encouraged by mentor Jerome Jaryatane after the first diversion to venture up against New Zealand however again fizzled against a pace knocking down some pins assault without the express speed of Adam Milne.

Notwithstanding a more forceful begin than the past match on the same pitch two days back, none of the main six batsmen scored more than 17. All-rounder Kulasekara top-scored with 19.

“It was entirely humiliating,” Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews said. “It was a terrible batting show by the entire unit.

“We didn’t allow our bowlers to bowl at them.”

Matt Henry completed with 4-33 for the hosts as they took a 2-0 lead in the five-match arrangement.



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