Christchurch: New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill has demolished the Sri Lankan bowling with his 30-ball-93 run knock in the second ODI against the island country at Hagley Oval here on Monday.
Martin Guptill once again shot to fame with the ballistic knock of 93 not out off just 30 deliveries, which came at a strike rate of 310.
Guptill came tantalisingly near to smashing the fastest fifty in ODIs as the Black Caps assassinated the target of 118 in 8.2 overs. Guptill, who had actually relocated to 46 off 13 balls, had de Villiers’ record of 16 balls for a half-century in his sights prior to 2 yorkers from Nuwan Kulasekara ended the quote.
He raised his 50 off 17 balls, with 5 borders and 4 sixes, and completed unbeaten on 93 off 30 balls. Guptill’s strike-rate of 310 is the second greatest in an ODI innings (minimum of 25 balls faced). When he hammered a 44-ball 149 against the West Indies at the start of this year, the highest strike-rate belongs also to de Villiers (339).
This has actually been a dream year for Guptill, who ended up being the first New Zealander to score a double hundred in ODIs. He had smashed 237 against the West Indies on the planet Cup and taped the second-highest individual score in one-day internationals.
Today, he was topped to break a minimum of de Villiers’ record however like Guptill admitted later on, he had no hint about that.
“I was trying to hit as numerous runs as I could, as quick as I could. The strategy was always to go out and be aggressive, and produce a strike-rate at the top of the innings. The very first time I thought about the record was when the umpire said to me: ‘You have actually got 2 balls to obtain it or something like that.’ That’s the first time it concerned my head,” Guptill stated after assisting the hosts to a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Guptill had shot into prominence with a hundred on ODI launching against West Indies in 2009. 6 years later on, he is a key player for New Zealand and remains to increase in stature worldwide.