Record-breaking Guptill gives Kiwis series win

New Zealand crush England by 86 runs in the second ODI at Southampton.

Super batting: Martin Guptill was unstoppable on Sunday.
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SOUTHAMPTON:
Opener Martin Guptill struck the highest ODI score by a New Zealander and helped his side take an unassailable 2-0 lead over England in their three-match ODI series, following a massive 86-run victory over the hosts on Sunday.

Guptill’s unbeaten, 155-ball 189 propelled the Kiwis to 359/3 – the fifth-highest ODI total ever and one that England were never in the hunt for chasing down. It would have been the second-highest successful pursuit in history had England managed to pull it off, but they collapsed to defeat on 273 all-out in the 45th over.
 
Needing
to beat their previous record ODI winning chase of 306 for five against Pakistan in Karachi in 2000, the hosts buckled under the relentless pressure of a north-headed required rate. Jonathan Trott played the lone hand with his fourth ODI hundred, an unconquered 109, but the Kiwis made regular inroads to leave the chase in tatters.

Left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan was hte pick of New Zealand's bowlers, finishing with three wickets and conceding just 35 in 8.1 overs. The third and final ODI will be played at Nottingham on June 5, a day before the Champions Trophy is set to kick off. This makes the series win a much-needed shot of inspiration for New Zealand ahead of the eight-nation event.



Guptil reprieved

Earlier, England again paid the price for dropping Guptill, who went on to surpass Lou Vincent's previous New Zealand record of 172 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2005, and was the equal fourth highest in history.The 26-year-old Guptill's 103 not out at Lord's on Friday had powered New Zealand to a five-wicket win in the first ODI.

But, as happened at Lord's, Guptill was again dropped on 13 with Chris Woakes once more the unlucky bowler. The seamer's first over at Lord's had seen Guptill's top-edged pull dropped by Tim Bresnan at long leg. And Woakes's first over on Sunday saw a Guptill pull go straight through Jonathan Trott's hands at mid-wicket.

That was the only chance Guptill gave in a 155-ball innings featuring two sixes and 19 fours that equalled West Indies' great Viv Richards 189 not out at Manchester in 1984, in a 55-over match, as the highest individual ODI score against England.

Good toss

Together with Kane Williamson (55) and Ross Taylor (60) he shared partnerships of 120 and 109 respectively following the early loss of Luke Ronchi. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who won the toss on a typically good Southampton pitch, was 40 not out after adding an unbroken 118 in a mere 50 balls for the fourth wicket with Guptill.

James Anderson took two for 65 as he equalled Darren Gough's England record haul of 234 one-day international wickets, but it was all about New Zealand's batting today. Jade Dernbach 87 runs in his ten overs, as Guptill raced to his fourth century in 71 ODIs off just 111 balls with a pulled six off Woake and seven fours.

New Zealand massacred 79 in their last five overs, taking the match away from England as McCullum and Guptill united for 118 in just 8.2 overs. The rest was a mere formality.

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