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Guptill beats Proteas to level ODI series 2-2

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 1, 2017
Guptill beats Proteas to level ODI series 2-2

A sublime third-wicket 180-run partnership from New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor almost duel-handily beat the Proteas by seven wickets at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday morning (SA time) to tie the ODI Series 2-2.

Scoring a sublime 180 not out and just returning into the Black Caps’ mix from a hamstring injury, Guptill smashed the Proteas’ entire bowling attack to every nook and cranny of the park, as he belted a total of 15 fours and 11 sixes to get his individual score off 138 balls – a strike rate of 130.43.

Partnering Guptill at the crease, but batting more delicately and composedly, Ross Taylor scored 66 off 97 balls. Of the 180-run partnership between the two, Guptill contributed 106, and Taylor his wholesome 66 total runs.

The Proteas had their tails in the air heading into the fourth ODI bowling spell, after projecting a solidified total of 279/8 and after thrashing New Zealand by 159 runs on Saturday’s third ODI after setting an even lesser total of 271/8.

Guptill, however, ricocheted any answers that the Proteas’ bowlers conjured at him, especially after the Black caps lost two early wickets in the third and 13th over respectively – which South Africa would have again, heated some confidence from.

The 180-run partnership between Guptill and Taylor then prolonged South Africa’s agony on for 31.2 overs – only losing Taylor in the 43rd over from a slip catch from Hashim Amla bowled by world’s number one ODI bowler, Imran Tahir.

New Zealand also managed to total the second-best partnership of the day in the second-wicket partnership between Guptill (51) and Kane Williamson (21) scoring a combined 72-run partnership in the earlier stages.

The number one-ranked Proteas were not even below-par in their batting innings, scoring an above average score on a turning wicket, as AB de Villiers starred with his score of 72 not out. Faf du Plessis backed him well up with his 67.

Amla scored 40 in the earliest stages and Chris Morris and Wayne Parnell polished off the innings with some smashing hits scoring 28 and 29 respectively. Parnell achieved a phenomenal strike-rate of 241.66 – hitting two sixes and two fours.

The fifth and final decisive ODI is set to take place at Auckland on March 4th 01:00 SA time.

Image: Martin Guptill launching a shot into the air.