Monday, 28 December 2015


Martin Guptill's Record-Breaking 93 Off 30 Balls Gives New Zealand Plenty To Cheer

Martin Guptill lit up the Hagley Oval in a spectacular display of power-hitting to help New Zealand romp home by 10 wickets and with 250 balls to spare in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Monday. (New Zealand Maul Sri Lanka Thanks to Martin Guptill's Special)
After Matt Henry (4/33) and Mitchell McCleneghan (3/32) dismissed Sri Lanka for 117, Guptill tore the Sri Lankan bowlers apart and the match was over before the scheduled break. In the process of his 30-ball 93, Guptill smashed some records for New Zealand. Here is a list of Guptill's statistics
- Guptill achieved the second-fastest fifty in one-day internationals when he got to the landmark of just 17 balls. AB de Villiers has the fastest fifty in ODIs when he smashed it off 16 balls against the West Indies in Johannesburg in January 2015.
- Two other players have scored fifties off 17 balls in ODIs. Sanath Jayasuriya was the first when he blasted a fifty against Pakistan in Singapore in March 1996 while another Sri Lankan batsman, Kusal Perera, also achieved it against Pakistan in Pallekele in July 2015.
- Guptill's 17-ball effort is the fastest for a New Zealand batsman in ODIs. Brendon McCullum had held the earlier record of 18 balls which he achieved in the 2015 World Cup clash against England at Westpac Stadium in Wellington in February 2015
- New Zealand won the match with 250 balls to spare. This is the seventh-biggest margin of victory in ODIs with regards to balls to spare. New Zealand's best win with respect to balls to spare in an ODI was against Bangladesh in Queenstown in December 2007 when they chased the target down with 264 balls remaining.
- This loss was Sri Lanka's heaviest defeat with respect to balls to spare in an ODI. This was also their fourth 10-wicket win loss in ODIs and their first against New Zealand.