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Martin Guptill's ton goes in vain as Australia beat New Zealand in record T20 chase

AFP
Published Feb 16, 2018, 6:39 pm IST
Updated Feb 16, 2018, 6:39 pm IST
Almost 500 runs were scored overall in an extraordinary display of sustained power-hitting.
D'Arcy Short scored 76 runs and also put on century stand with David Warner to help Australia win the match. (Photo: AFP)
 D'Arcy Short scored 76 runs and also put on century stand with David Warner to help Australia win the match. (Photo: AFP)

Auckland: D'Arcy Short hit 76 and David Warner struck a 24-ball 59 on Friday as Australia pulled off the highest successful run chase in Twenty20 international cricket to beat New Zealand by five wickets in the trans-Tasman tri-series.

Almost 500 runs were scored overall in an extraordinary display of sustained power-hitting. New Zealand equaled its highest T20 score of 243-6 after choosing to bat first and Australia reached 245-5 with seven balls remaining.

 

Martin Guptill scored the fastest T20 century by a New Zealander, from 49 balls, and put on 132 in 10.4 overs for the first wicket with Colin Munro (76 from 33). Guptill went on to make 105 and to take his tally of runs in T20 cricket to 2,188 - the highest by any player from any country.

At the break between innings, New Zealand's total had looked insurmountable. From the moment Guptill hit the first ball of the New Zealand innings for four until Ross Taylor hit the last ball for six, the home team scored at an unprecedented rate.

Australia has already qualified for the final. New Zealand will play England on Sunday to decide which team takes the other place.

 

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