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Martin Guptill haunts England again – 2nd ODI

Zia Rana June 2, 2013

New Zealand 3-359 (Martin Guptill 189*, Ross Taylor 60, Kane Williamson 55, James Anderson 2-65) beat England 273 (Jonathan Trott 109*, Alastair Cook 34, Mitchell McClenaghan 3-35) by 86 runs.

The dreadful opener of New Zealand, Martin Guptill, continued his assault on the English bowling with a successive ODI ton and took away the series from the hosts.

Guptill became the highest run getter for the Black Caps while blasting unbeaten 189 off 155 mere balls with 2 lofty sixes and 19 fours. He surpassed the previous record of his countryman, Lou Vincent, who scored 172 against Zimbabwe on August 24, 2005, at Bulawayo.

The Kiwis hammered 359 runs for the loss of just three wickets at the end of the scheduled 50th over and the innings of England was folded back for 273 with 23 balls still remaining.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his blistering knock of 189 runs.

The second One Day International of the three match series was played on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Earlier, Brendon McCullum, the captain of New Zealand, won the toss and opted to bat first, keeping in view the brilliant form of his batsmen in the limited overs game. The first wicket was lost at 12 when Luke Ronchi was clean bowled by James Anderson for just two runs. Kane Williamson got together with Martin Guptill and they found it hard to get going. Guptill was dropped at 13 by Jonathan Trott at midwicket off Chris Woakes in the 10th over and the batsman got full use of the let off. The pair kept on crawling with occasional boundaries and Guptill scored his fifty in the 21st over. Kane Williamson recorded his fifth ODI half century two overs later and Guptill hit the first six of the innings in the next over.

Martin Guptill - A herculean unbeaten knock of 189

Martin Guptill – A herculean unbeaten knock of 189

Ross Taylor walked in next as Martin Guptill was scoring the runs freely at his end. The first also preferred to attack as Guptill thrashed a aback to back hundred on the third delivery of the 37th over. Ross Taylor punched his 23rd ODI fifty in the 40th over with a four but was caught by Woakes at long leg off Anderson for 60 from 54 with 2 quality sixes and 3 fours.

Brendon McCullum got in next and the run rate was picked up by the two batsmen. Guptill dispatched 1 six and 3 fours in the following overs and went past the 150 runs mark whereas McCullum kept on teasing the bowlers at his end. The English bowlers looked helpless as Martin Guptill secured his end for 189 off just 155 balls with 2 big sixes and 19 fours. Brendon McCullum was at the other side for 40 from 19 with 2 high sixes and 3 fours as New Zealand piled up 3-359 in 50 overs.

England went into chase with their skipper, Alastair Cook, along with Ian Bell and they scored 22 runs in the first four overs. Bell was dropped at 11 by Guptill off Mitchell McClenaghan in the next over as Cook hit 3 fours in the sixth one. The opening stand came to an end as the bails of Cook were dislodged by Kyle Mills for 34. The first wicket fell at 50 and 14 runs later Bell departed for 25 in 10.3 overs as Jonathan Trott and Joe Root associated in the middle. The duo kept the score board ticking but were unable to get any boundary in the coming six overs. The first hundred of the innings was displayed on board in the 19th over as Trott tasted his first six, two overs later. Root was caught by Doug Bracewell off Nathan McCullum for 28 and was replaced by Eoin Morgan.

The repair work was started by the two batsmen, they tried to enhance the score and Jonathan Trott reached his 21st fifty in the 29th over. The score was taken to 166 after 29.2 overs when Eoin Morgan went back to the pavilion for 21 and the incoming batsman, Jos Buttler, was sent back to the pavilion for just two runs. Trott was stranded at his end whereas the wickets kept on crumbling at the other side and the hosts were reeling at 8-218 in 37.4 overs. James Anderson joined in with Jonathan Trott and they did not leave the chase as the ball was crossing the rope frequently. Jonathan Trott smashed his fourth ODI hundred in the 42nd over which produced 16 runs with 3 fours from Anderson. The latter became the 9th victim at 265 in 42.4 overs at his individual contribution of 28. Jonathan Trott remained unbeaten for 109 off 104 with 1 six and 5 fours as England was bowled out for 273 in 44.1 overs.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the main wicket taker with three, Kane Williamson held two whereas Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell, Nathan McCullum and Grant Elliott shared one wicket each.

New Zealand won the second ODI with a huge margin of 86 runs and leads the three match series 2-0. The third and final game will be played on June 5, 2013, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

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