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New Zealand vs South Africa, 4th ODI: Martin Guptill Hits Century In Comeback Match As Hosts Level Series With Crushing Win 

New Zealand vs South Africa, 4th ODI: Martin Guptill Hits Century In Comeback Match As Hosts Level Series With Crushing Win

Martin Guptill made a stunning return to One-Day Internationals as his brilliant knock helped New Zealand to thrash South Africa by seven wickets to win the penultimate match and level the five-match series 2-2. The right-handed batsman scored 180* off only 138 balls with the help of 11 sixes and 15 fours.

Chasing 280 to remain alive in the series, the hosts began poorly as Dean Brownlie departed after scoring only four. A 72-run partnership between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson then set the tone for the chase before Guptill and Ross Taylor settled the issue with a massive partnership of 180 runs. Guptill was the aggressive player during the stand while Taylor looked happy to play second-fiddle to his explosive partner. The mammoth partnership was finally broken when Imran Tahir sent back Taylor for 66. But Guptill continued to play in the same fashion and took his team over the line with five overs remaining.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand opener has also become the first batsman to score 180 or more thrice in an ODI match. Vivian Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma are joint-second in the list, having achieved the feat twice in an ODI innings.

Earlier, AB de Villiers scored a 59-ball 72 to propel the Proteas to 279 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs. De Villiers’ decision of batting first after winning the toss was proven wrong straightaway when Jeetan Patel dismissed the in-form Quinton de Kock for a golden duck. Two fifty-plus stands between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis and then between the latter and JP Duminy had steadied the ship but 4 wickets inside 28 runs threatened to derail their innings.  Duminy, who had survived a chance when on 13, was first to go when he was bowled by Tim Southee for 25. Du Plessis (67), who scored another gritty half-century, and David Miller (1) returned to the pavilion in quick succession to leave South Africa reeling at 143 for 5 in the 32nd over. Dwaine Pretorius, who had scored a quickfire fifty in the second match, also failed to do much with the bat and departed after scoring 10. With the innings in disarray, De Villers took the centre stage and played another sublime knock to help his team post a respectable total.

He shared a 58-run partnership with Chris Morris (28) before adding 63 runs with Wayne Parnell (29 off 12). The South Africa skipper hit four boundaries and three maximums to remain unbeaten on 72.

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