Exclusive: Martin Guptill hits the first ODI century of 2019

Martin Guptill hits the first ODI century of 2019 as he scores 138 runs off 139 balls against Srilanka on January 3, 2019.

New Zealand Innings:

After winning the toss, New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson decided to bat first on a batting-friendly wicket.  New Zealand lost Colin Munro early on in the Innings. However, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill gave New Zealand a solid second-wicket partnership.

As Guptill scored his 27th run, he reached a new milestone of 6000 runs in ODI cricket. Carrying on the momentum, Guptill reached his 35th half-century in just 54 balls.

The duo kept mauling the Srilankan bowling as they recorded a 150 runs partnership for the second wicket before Kane Williamson got dismissed. Martin Guptill meanwhile reached his 14th ODI hundred in the 33rd over. He took 114 balls to reach the milestone.

Guptill didn’t stop there as he scored 36 runs of his next 25 balls before getting dismissed to Thisara Perera. Overall, Martin Guptill scored 138 runs of 139 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes.

James Nisham gave the much-needed momentum to the Kiwis after the dismissal of Guptill wit his unbeaten 47 of 13 balls.  In the end, Kiwis registered a mammoth total of 371 in 50 overs.

Srilanka Innings:

Team Srilanka started the innings positively as their openers, Dickwella and Gunathilaka registered an opening partnership of 119 in only the 18th over.  

Srilanka were on track with the chase until the 40th over before going on to lose two successive wickets in successive overs. In the end, Srilanka managed to score only 326 as they fell short of the target by 45 runs.

Martin Guptill was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant and flawless century. It was his innings of 138 runs of 139 balls that helped New Zealand win the match by 45 runs.

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