(From Reuters)

Martin Guptill flirted with a world record, then had to settle for a New Zealand one as he demolished Sri Lanka’s bowling to guide his side to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory in the second one-day international in Christchurch on Monday.

Martin Guptill

Guptill, who had moved to 46 off 13 balls, had AB de Villiers’ record of 16 balls for a half-century in his sights before two yorkers from Nuwan Kulasekara ended the bid.

He brought up his 50 off 17 balls, with five boundaries and four sixes, as New Zealand chased down Sri Lanka’s 117 off just 8.2 overs.

Guptill said he had no idea he was close to De Villiers’ record before umpire Richard Illingworth mentioned it. Read More

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