Guptill brought balance in ODI series against South Africa

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 | 0

In the fourth ODI against South Africa, Black Caps simply destroyed them by seven wickets where Guptill scored undefeated 180 runs in 138 balls. So, this Black Caps player played the most important role to bring balance in this duel ODI series and now the series is even by 2 – 2. There is still one match left which will define the winner of the series. The last ODI between them will be staged in 4th March, 2017 at Auckland. Before the fourth ODI, Proteas led the series by 2 – 1 and if they could manage the match, the could secure the series as well. Earlier yesterday at Hamilton, Proteas batted first and scored 279 runs in selected fifty overs and by when they lost eight wickets. The score was almost challenging but yesterday in front of Guptill, Proteas bowlers were just demolished.

South Africa started the innings first by winning the toss at Hamilton  where they lost first wicket within just 1 run. Later, Amla and du Plessis played for a while and added more than fifty runs in their partnership. Amla was out with his 40 runs innings and later Duminy and Plessi tried to make another partnership but that did not last long when Duminy got out with just 25 runs. Kist Plessis and AB de Villiers played most wonderful innings where Villiers made highest 72 runs for the team. Most of the players of Proteas scored minimum double figure runs and as a result, they scored 279 runs in their innings by losing total eight wickets so far. Villiers remained unbeaten till last. Black Caps bowlers could not attack heavily but bowl as usual.

The score was big enough for New Zealand where in last match against Proteas, the got packet within so few runs. So, they started their innings so carefully but gat attacked very fast when they scored just five runs. The partner of Guptil named Brownlie was got out with 4 runs. Later, Guptill stood strong but at the end of the crease, two players were changed where among them, Williamson scored 66 runs. Later, Guptill and Ronchi led the final partnership and got very important victory. Guptill scored unbeaten 180 runs in 138 balls and in the meantime, he made eleven 6’s and fifteen 4’s. He was announced as the player of the match.

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