New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill on Thursday broke India opener Rohit Sharma’s record of most sixes in the shortest format of the game when he struck eight maximums to announce his return to form. Martin Guptill slammed 97 off just 50 balls. Guptill’s 97-run onslaught against Australia in the 2nd T20I at Dunedin helped New Zealand clinch the second T20I against Australia as well.
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Martin Guptill surpasses Rohit Sharma’s record
Guptill hammered eight sixes and six fours during his sensational knock to bounce ahead if Rohit Sharma’s record of most sixes in T20Is. Guptill now has 132 sixes while Rohit has 127 under his belt in the shortest format of the game. England skipper Eoin Morgan (113), New Zealand batsman Colin Munro (107), and West Indies stalwart Chris Gayle (105) are the other three batsmen to have more than 100 sixes in T20Is. Reminder, Rohit Sharma will be playing 5 T20s against England this month.
In reply to New Zealand’s 219, Australia got off to a good start as the visitors smashed 33 runs from the first three overs. But Tim Southee removed Matthew Wade in the fourth over to put a Hurdle ahead of Australia on the chase.
Australian Batsmen continued to bat taking risks and seven overs into the chase, Australia was 64/1 before Ish Sodhi dismissed skipper Aaron Finch on the last ball of the eight over. Maxwell came into bat and he was again disappointing for the Australian side, he managed to score just 3 runs.
The visitors were soon found reeling at 113/6 before Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams came out firing on all cylinders. The duo stitched a 92-run stand for the seventh wicket in just 37 balls but New Zealand held their nerve in the final over. New Zealand won by 4 runs and leads the series 2-0 currently.