New Zealand opener Martin Guptill went about all guns blazing against Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Christchurch. While chasing a paltry 118, Guptill scored an unbeaten 93 of just 30 balls, at a strike rate of 310. Guptill reached his half century within 17 balls, and thereby became the second quickest half centurion in ODI’s.
The opener however, admitted that he wasn’t fully aware about the record for the fastest half century. “I was trying to hit as many runs as I could, as quick as I could,” Guptill said. “The plan was always to go out and be aggressive, and create a strike rate at the top of the innings. The first time I thought about the record was when the umpire said to me: ‘You’ve got two balls to get it or something like that.’ That’s the first time it came to my head.”
“We’ve got some targets as a batting unit that we want to get to, and we’ve probably exceeded those targets in the last two games,” he said. “A hundred runs in 10 overs in the last couple of games is a bit extreme. It just happened with the way we’ve been batting in the first 10. “Come the next game, we’ll still look to have those targets. If we get past them, then we’re on our way to a pretty good score. We’ll go out and keep playing the way we do,” added Guptill.
Speaking about the opening stand with southpaw Tom Latham, Guptill said, “Tommy and I both hit fours first ball. That’s pretty good going when you’re 14 or something in the first over. He was giving me the ones while I was going. If he had been going, I would have given him the ones. We worked pretty well as a partnership.”