Martin Guptill hits unbeaten 93 from 30 balls as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka

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Martin-GuptillChristchurch , December 28 : New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill displayed a devastating batsman ship , smashing 93 from 30 balls and nearly breaking the world record for the fastest one-day international fifty.

Chasing Sri Lanka’s paltry  total of 117, Guptill was in no mood to muck around, belting nine fours and eight sixes – a boundary every 1.76 balls – to help New Zealand successfully chase the target in the ninth over with a whopping 250 balls to spare.

Guptill raced to 46 from 13 balls and had AB de Villiers’ record of 16 balls for a half-century in his sights, but was unable to get away a couple of excellent yorkers from pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara.

Instead, he reached his half century off 17 balls – a New Zealand record – before continuing his big-hitting on the smallish Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
While Guptill was basking in the glory of one of the most destructive knocks in recent memory, spare a thought for Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay. He was thrown the ball on debut with the score at 0/71 off five overs and his first six balls in one-dayers went for: 4, 6, 6, 4, 0, 6.

Statistics are clearly not Guptill’s thing – he was unaware he was even close to the mark set by de Villiers against the West Indies in Johannesburg earlier this year.

“[Umpire] Richard Illingworth said something like I was getting close with a couple of balls to go and then I got a couple of yorkers in there,” Guptill said in a televised interview after the game. “I am pretty happy with the way things are going [but] I’ll take a 90 not out and the win rather than the fastest 50 and getting out.”

While Guptill was basking in the glory of one of the most destructive knocks in recent memory, spare a thought for Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay. He was thrown the ball on debut with the score at 0/71 off five overs and his first six balls in one-dayers went for: 4, 6, 6, 4, 0, 6.

His first over went for no less than 26 runs and he finished with figures of 0/34 from two overs.

“It was quite embarrassing,” Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said of his side’s performance. “It was a pathetic batting display by the whole unit. We did not give our bowlers a chance to bowl at them.”

 

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