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Martin Guptill and Kane Willamson shared a record 171 for the first wicket as New Zealand won the first match by 10 wickets and equaled the series at 1-1. Both of them recorded the highest partnership for any wicket in T20 cricket. They broke the record of Loots Bosman and Graeme Smith who shared 170 runs against England in 2009.
Guptill, however, said that winning was better than making sure everyone had batting time. “You don’t really want to get out giving other people a go, do you?” he said on Monday.
The domination of both openers in the second T20 match against Pakistan meant that middle order batsmen have not got a chance to bat. In the second T20 match against Sri Lanka, the top three batsmen finished the job.
“There was a good combination between Guptill and Williamson because they’ve got a different style of game,” he said.
“I think maybe from a coaching point of view we can develop more variation in our bowling, a bit smarter fielding positions. That’s the only thing.
“If you can get one or two wickets, then it’ll be a different ball game. It doesn’t matter if you get 180 or 200 runs on the board; if you don’t pick (up) wickets then the game will always be in the opposition hand.
“It can only be good for us that we’re winning, not many wickets down,” Guptill said. “Probably only three of us have had good long innings in the last three or for four games. It’s disappointing for the middle order, but it can only be good for New Zealand cricket.”
New Zealand and Pakistan will play the decider T20 on Friday in Welligtnon.