Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
45 | 18 Runs | NZ: 280/3 | RR: 6.22

  • Martin Guptill180 (138b)
  • Luke Ronchi1 (1b)
  • Imran Tahir10-2-56-2
  • Wayne Parnell7-1-44-0

Right then. Guptill's mind-blowing innings, apart from delivering a win, has kept the series alive and set up what should be a cracker deciding final ODI at Eden Park in Auckland. The last time the two teams met there was nearly two years ago, and it produced what was arguably the match of the 2015 World Cup, and one of the more indelible moments in World Cup, or even, cricket history. It is with a lot of history behind them that Auckland will welcome the two teams back. Hope to see you all then. Do join us on Saturday. Until then, it's goodbye from us. Thank you for joining us.

Jackie: "Turns out that was a good toss to lose, although with Guppy being on fire like that it may not have made much difference"

Alamin: "4th highest score in chase! Guptill, you beauty"

Must Hamid: "SA Won 1st & 3rd ODI while NZ won 2nd & 4th ODI. Going by the Odd-Even pattern, SA should win the decider !!"

Must Hamid: "All the matches having an individual Score in 170s (170-179) in the second innings are played by Australia. This match could have been an exception but thanks to Guptill who scored 180 for keeping the record still alive "

Guptill - We just kept talking about taking it as deep as we can. It was important to rotate the strike and then accelerate in the end. Myself and Ross had a good partnership.

Martin Guptill is the Man of the Match.

Kane Williamson - Guppy was unbelievable. Probably the best knock I have seen on wicket that wasn't easy. At the halfway stage, when we reflected on it, we would have certainly liked to restrict them to much lesser. But Martin came out and played a special innings. And Ross Taylor also did well to take the pressure of him. Overall, I think the guys did pretty well. South Africa bat deep and we would have liked to do well towards the end when we bowled. AB is probably the best player in the world. On this surface, we would have liked to make it a little more difficult for him, so we have to do our homework going into the next game.Every game in this series has been different, as have the grounds and the surfaces. It is important to go into Eden park and make improvements. Batting was great but there is room for improvement. It was nice to have a few guys back and get over the line. Martin came back and did what he does the best which is hit the cricket ball.

AB de Villiers - We have to analyse where we went wrong. We struggled tog et partnerships going and it was difficult to get momentum going. Fantastic innings by Martin, but there are areas we definitely need to improve. I was confident of the total we got. We needed to get Martin out, but we just could not create enough opportunities to get him out. Imran bowled really well tonight. The conditions change in ODI cricket - 100 overs are a lot of time. I would not say we had the worse or the better of the conditions. We were just outplayed. It's 2-2, so not all is done and dusted. Big final coming at Eden Park, hopefully, we can do well there.

9.35pm Guptill soaks in a generous applause from all around. Gets a standing ovation for an innings that will go down as one of the finest in recent times. The South Africans, too, applaud him for the knock. What an innings this has been. A true masterclass. Right up there with the World Cup double century, if not better. Guptill took on the bowlers at will. When he wanted to launch them, he was able to, when he wanted to crunch a drive, he managed to get right to the pitch of the ball and play it with all of the elegance he could muster. And on the very rare occasion that he skewed something off the splice, it evaded South Africa's best fielders and their best efforts. But Guptill deserved to stay till the end and finish this off. And not to forget Ross Taylor's contribution. He did not play the prettiest of knocks, struggled for the most parts, but full marks to him for grinding it out and making sure wickets did not fall. It enabled Guptill to not worry about wickets in hand and express himself and how he expressed himself, with an innings for the ages.

Guptill finishes with the highest second-innings score by a New Zealand batsman and the fourth overall, behind Shane Watson (185 not out), MS Dhoni (183 not out) and Virat Kohli (183). His 11 sixes are the joint second-highest. South Africa have been thoroughly outplayed in this game. If they were in it for at least parts of it during the first innings, they were nowhere in the picture in the second. A forgettable night for them ends with South Africa conceding the No. 1 ranking to Australia.

Kiran: "If one batsman scores more than 64% of your target by using up just 46% of the deliveries and stands not out, then result is in your bag for sure"

44.6
2
Imran Tahir to Guptill, 2 runs, luck favours Guptill right till the very end. Guptill tries to slog this pitched up ball but he skews it off the leading edge as the ball goes past covers. De Villiers runs back and puts in a dive and again the ball falls in front of him. And they have enough time to come back for the second
44.5
6
Imran Tahir to Guptill, SIX runs, and that is Guptill's 11th six. Pitched up right on the stumps, in the slot for Guptill who gets the front leg out of the way and lofts it straight down the ground
44.4
6
Imran Tahir to Guptill, SIX runs, googly, Guptill picks it and slogs it powerfully over deep midwicket. Long way into the grassbanks
44.3
1
Imran Tahir to Ronchi, 1 run, full ball, driven to mid-off who throws it at the striker's end and Guptill is pretty sore and cannot stretch. Does not drag the bat. De Kock collects it but Guptill makes it back
44.2
1
Imran Tahir to Guptill, 1 run, again short of the fielder at long-off. Tries to pull this short of good length ball but Tahir gets it to spin a good distance outside off and Guptill drags it to long-off. Brilliant fielding by the fielder and the throw is fired to Tahir who collects it but dislodges the bails with his hands as he throws the ball. Guptill was on the line when the bails came off and he would have been gone
44.1
2
Imran Tahir to Guptill, 2 runs, good length on the pads, flicked to long leg

END OF OVER:
44 | 5 Runs | NZ: 262/3 (18 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.95, RRR: 3.00)

  • Martin Guptill163 (133b)
  • Luke Ronchi0 (0b)
  • Wayne Parnell7-1-44-0
  • Imran Tahir9-2-38-2
43.6
1
Parnell to Guptill, 1 run, chipped straight down the ground, over the bowler's head. And he could have nearly been gone there. But it's just Guptill's night. Everything he tries is working in his favour. This was too full and Guptill could not get right on top of it. Lofts it and gets good elevation but not the distance. Du Plessis runs across to his right from long-off and dives but the ball drops short
43.5
0
Parnell to Guptill, no run, tries to drag this from outside off and slog it. It's quite wide and he is not close to it, ends up dragging it to mid-on
43.4
0
Parnell to Guptill, no run, good length, pitching on leg and middle, defended quietly back to the bowler
43.3
0
Parnell to Guptill, no run,
43.2
4
Parnell to Guptill, FOUR runs, full and wide, tries to carve it over the off side. Gets it slightly off the bottom part of the bat as he frees his arms at the sight of width. The ball goes over covers and into the boundary
43.1
0
Parnell to Guptill, no run, shuffles across to this length ball and stabs it towards extra cover

END OF OVER:
43 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 257/3 (23 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.97, RRR: 3.28)

  • Martin Guptill158 (127b)
  • Imran Tahir9-2-38-2
  • Wayne Parnell6-1-39-0
42.6
W
Imran Tahir to Taylor, OUT, and as soon as the fielder comes in, he has fallen for it. Comes down the track to this full toss and it is dipping. He tries to loft it over mid-on as he sees the fielder coming in but with the ball dipping on him, cannot make good connection. Ends up chipping a straightforward catch to the fielder there

LRPL Taylor c Amla b Imran Tahir 66 (140m 97b 7x4 1x6) SR: 68.04

Long-on comes in..

42.5
0
Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, nicely flighted on middle stump channel, drills it out to covers
42.4
0
Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, short of good length, comes on flat and straight and Taylor knocks it to midwicket
42.3
0
Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, loopy pitched up ball on leg stump, blocked off the front foot back to the bowler
42.2
2
Imran Tahir to Taylor, 2 runs, gives it too much air and bowls a low full toss on leg and Guptill gets down to paddle sweep it to fine leg. The ball is pulled back just before the boundary

John: "Maybe SA bowlers can do better by bowling under-hand. I hear that's quite popular with the NZ folk."

42.1
1
Imran Tahir to Guptill, 1 run, googly, picks it and nudges it with the turn to fine leg

END OF OVER:
42 | 10 Runs | NZ: 254/2 (26 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.04, RRR: 3.25)

  • Martin Guptill157 (126b)
  • Ross Taylor64 (92b)
  • Wayne Parnell6-1-39-0
  • Chris Morris9-0-54-0
41.6
1
Parnell to Guptill, 1 run, short of a length and angling in, tucked off the pads to deep midwicket and they jog the single
41.5
1
Parnell to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, whipped to fine leg on the up

Guptill's score is now the highest second-innings score by a New Zealand batsman.

41.4
4
Parnell to Taylor, FOUR runs, not too long ago he was struggling to put bat to ball and now he is flaying them. Fetches a mighty slog from outside off and the ball goes screaming into the deep midwicket boundary
41.3
0
Parnell to Taylor, no run, short ball, tries to pull but goes through with the shot early and wears it on the shoulder
41.2
4
Parnell to Taylor, FOUR runs, short of a length, angling in on off from around the wicket and he nudges it very late past the wicketkeeper
41.1
0
Parnell to Taylor, no run,

Guptill in Hamilton

3

No. of consecutive 50+ scores for Guptill in ODIs in Hamilton, including this game. He scored 105 v Ban in 2015 and 59 v Aus last year.

No centuries

0

Centuries by South Africa's top-four in this series. In 15 of their last 16 ODI series/tournaments, at least one century was scored by their top-4.

A first

0

No. of instances of two spinners opening the bowling in the first inns of an ODI, before Jeetan & Santner doing it in this ODI.