Kiwi opener returns to type with a blistering 97; Stoinis’ knock goes in useless for guests
Martin Guptill returned to type with a blistering 97 as New Zealand held on for a nail-biting win over Australia within the second Twenty20 International right here on Thursday.
The Black Caps set Australia a difficult goal of 220 after dropping the toss however have been made to sweat as Australia got here inside 4 runs of victory.
Both sides took benefit of University Oval’s quick boundaries in an exciting match that featured 30 sixes and 434 runs at a mean of 10.9 an over.
Marcus Stoinis starred for the Australians with 78 off 37 balls, however Guptill’s 97 off 50 laid the inspiration for New Zealand’s win.
Black Caps spinner Mitchell Santner additionally shone amid the batting fireworks, taking 4 for 31, whereas Australia paceman Kane Richardson managed three for 43.
New Zealand allrounder Jimmy Neesham was one other distinctive performer, taking two wickets within the ultimate over when a rampant Australia wanted 15 runs for victory. Neesham additionally scored an undefeated 45, together with six sixes.
Guptill’s innings gave him the document for probably the most sixes in Twenty20 Internationals with 132, taking him previous India’s Rohit Sharma on 127.
He fell simply wanting his third Twenty20 century after being caught attempting to hit a Daniel Sams supply out of the bottom.
New Zealand 219/7 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 97, Kane Williamson 53, James Neesham 45 n.o., Kane Richardson 3/43) bt Australia 215/8 in 20 overs (Josh Phillipe 45, Marcus Stoinis 78, Daniel Sams 41, Mitchell Santner 4/31). New Zealand gained by 4 runs and leads 5-match collection 2-0.