After suffering from a dreadful run of form, Martin Guptill has finally put runs under his name in the second T20 against Australia at Dunedin on Thursday. Guptill wasn’t able to go past the 30-run mark in a single innings in his last 9 appearances. Coming into the second T20, the New Zealander was certainly under a lot of pressure to perform.
However, the opener didn’t disappoint this time around. He rather played one of the best knocks of his T20 career. The 34-year old set the foundation for a huge score. Setting his intentions clear right from the start, Guptill didn’t take a lot of time to get set. He brought up his half-century in just 27 balls and went onto score 97 runs off 50 balls. Guptill hit as many as 8 sixes and 4 fours during his winning knock.
With his massive sixes, Guptill has now surpassed Rohit Sharma to become the batsman with the most sixes in T20 internationals. Guptill has now 132 sixes in T20 internationals, while Rohit Sharma has 127. Eoin Morgan, Colin Munro and Chris Gayle are in third, fourth and fifth position, respectively.
In reply to New Zealand’s 219, Australia put up a strong performance with the bat but fell five runs short in the end. Marcus Stoinis heaped a lot of praise for his valiant 37-ball 78. As a result, New Zealand won the game and took the series lead 2-0