Player of the Match
Player of the Match

19 | 11 Runs | NZ: 169/2 | RR: 8.89

  • MJ Guptill101 (69b)
  • C Munro8 (7b)
  • RK Kleinveldt4-0-35-0
  • M Morkel4-0-29-0

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Martin Guptill is the Man of the Match: "I was talking to Taylor earlier today and he said to relax during the innings. Hopefully i can continue and deliver more of the same in Port Elizabeth."

Brendon McCullum: "It is great that the team turned around in 48 hours and a great knock by Martin after being sick a couple of days back. Our bowlers did well to stop SA's batting line up, but no one expected Martin to play that innings after being sick. Rob Nicol played well at the top too. I was under a bit of pressure, but hopefully this result will help us leapfrog further. This is not a one-off game, we have to carry on doing this ahead as this is a long tour."

Faf du Plessis: "I thought we had enough runs on the board. Unfortunately the ball started skidding for spinners, we missed a couple of catches too. We scored enough with the bat. But it was an unbelievable hundred by Guptill. For me it is about learning, and today it was a steep learning curve. We didn't play a bad game, we were just outplayed by a great innings."

Martin Guptill's hundred has seen NZ home and what an effort after missing the first match! His sixes were monsters and he kept running hard till the end. Sample the last over. But he got good support from Nicol first and then McCullum. The series is now squared. What a chase!

Jeremy: "Wahoo! One small step for NZ and a giant leap for Gingers everywhere."

Alan: "Fantastic, the cat lives. to beat SA and Duckworth Lewis in the same game. Sensational."

Kleinveldt to Guptill, FOUR runs, He has done it!! That wasn't the best timed shot, but that had enough on it to beat the fielder at cover and roll on to the boundary. Guptill shows all the emotion there, he is ecstatic! Only the second Kiwi batsman to get a hundred in T20, but more importantly, only the second batsman ever in T20 to get a hundred in a chase

Guptill on strike, needs four for win, needs three for a ton, take your pick

Kleinveldt to Munro, 1 run, short slower delivery outside off, the batsman chops it without any timing to point.
Kleinveldt to Munro, 2 runs, fuller ball outside off, and another 100m Olympic medal winning sprint from the two as this was straight to long-on

Seven off Three

Kleinveldt to Munro, 2 runs, fuller ball, Munro drives it over the bowler's head and the batsman run for their lives and take a couple
Kleinveldt to Guptill, 1 run, fuller ball, crashed hard to long-on, they want one, they want two.. confusion reins

Guptill Guptill Guptill

Kleinveldt to Munro, 1 run, length ball on the pads, Munro drives it to deep midwicket

Last over. tik tok tik tok..11 off 6.. Eleven off Six. Once off Seis...Kleinveldt round the wicket

18 | 9 Runs | NZ: 158/2 (11 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.77, RRR: 11.00)

  • C Munro2 (3b)
  • MJ Guptill96 (67b)
  • M Morkel4-0-29-0
  • R McLaren4-0-26-1
Morkel to Munro, 1 run, slower full toss, Munro mishits it, on to himself, but manages a single
Morkel to Guptill, 1 run, full toss on the middle, punched to midwicket
Morkel to Guptill, FOUR runs, Guptill rubs it now, stays back to this short of length ball, and guides it from where the slips should be for a four
Morkel to Guptill, 2 runs, dropped! Guptill rides his luck-buggy. He heaved this one and the leading edge carried the ball to the moon. It came down after ages and Peterson drops it at point

19 off 10. Nineteen off Ten

Morkel to Munro, 1 run, manages a single as he pushes this down the ground for a single

Alan: "Next thing us cynics will be saying that this NZ effort is just "dead cat bounce""

Morkel to Munro, no run, short of length on off, punched to cover, who makes a good stop

Taylor Munro is the new man. 20 off 12. It's Morkel to Munro

17 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 149/2 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.76, RRR: 10.00)

  • MJ Guptill89 (64b)
  • R McLaren4-0-26-1
  • M Morkel3-0-20-0
McLaren to BB McCullum, OUT, caught at long on! length ball on the middle, McCullum aims his shot at the sight screen, but that hits high on the bat and doesn't get the distance. It goes comfortably to the fielder at long on

BB McCullum c Miller b McLaren 17 (17m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 113.33

McLaren to Guptill, 1 run, full and quick on off, the batsman blocks it towards the leg side and calls for a quick single
McLaren to BB McCullum, 1 run, fuller length and McCullum drives it hard towards long-off, who fields it after one bounce

Mark no. 1: "@Mark No2 - we can't be that sad and cynical. We're still here hoping. And any cynicism has been self-inflicted by the Black Caps. I think that, considering the rubbish we've had to endure, those of us still following and supporting are pretty resilient and better fans than they've earned the right to have."

McLaren to Guptill, (no ball) 1 run, another full toss, it was a slower ball and it messes up with Guptill's timing, straight to the fielder at long-on. Umpires are checking the ball for the height. It's a no-ball. Guptill survives again
McLaren to Guptill, FOUR runs, full toss wide outside off, Guptill is the man today, he crashes it through point for a boundary
McLaren to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, slow short ball, McCullum goes for the pull and misses, gets hit on the chest
McLaren to Guptill, 1 run, full ball, driven hard to long-off
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New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

1st76RJ NicolMJ Guptill
2nd73BB McCullumMJ Guptill
3rd20MJ GuptillC Munro