Martin Guptill hits Adam Zampa: The experience opening batsman from New Zealand took to the attack against the Australian spinner.
During the fifth T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand opening batsmen Devon Conway and Martin Guptill have powered their team to a probable match-winning opening partnership.
Conway, who has been promoted as Guptill’s opening partner in place of wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert at the Sky Stadium today, made the most of the opportunity to continue his run-spree in international cricket.
However, it was Guptill who registered a 33-ball half-century to put his team in front while chasing a 143-run target. It was in the ninth over bowled by Australia spinner Adam Zampa that Guptill hit the leg-spinner for three sixes and a four.
On the second delivery of the ninth over, Guptill hit Zampa over deep mid-wicket as the ball went onto the roof. The 91-metre six was followed by a boundary but the last two deliveries also witnessed Guptill scoring convincing sixes off Zampa.
After Australia captain Aaron Finch (36) won the toss and chose to bat, the visitors scored a below par 142/8 in 20 overs on the back of a 66-run partnership for the second wicket between Australia vice-captain Matthew Wade (44) and Finch.
With bowling figures of 4-0-24-3, New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi was the pick of their bowlers. Apart from Sodhi, the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee picked a couple of wickets each in the decider T20I.
Martin Guptill hits Adam Zampa onto the roof
🗣”It’s taken the Interislander”
Martin Guptill has put one on the roof of @skystadium!
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) March 7, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— ICC (@ICC) March 7, 2021
— Beauden Barrett (@beaudenbarrett) March 7, 2021
There isn’t many things better than watching @Martyguptill hit 6s.. when he keeps his head down, you know it’s gone a long way!
— Lea Tahuhu (@LTahuhu) March 7, 2021
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 7, 2021
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