Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Martin Guptill is Man of the Match for his 93* off 30 balls (Highlights for US only) "No, I didn't. Got a couple of yorkers so I couldn't get it. I'll take a ninety and a win, rather than the fastest fifty and getting out. Just wanted to keep going after the first game. Thought about what could have been if I hadn't had those sluggish innings before [regarding his turnaround]. I was hoping you could tell me [about what has changed in his batting]." He goes on to praise the young players and how they field and that's a [very early] wrap. Thanks for your company, even if it was quite brief. Hope you join us again when the one-day caravan moves to Nelson on New Year's Eve.

"It was quite embarrassing. A pathetic batting display, we didn't give our bowlers a chance,"Angelo Mathews says, "Three more games to go, its unfortunate we couldn't even compete in the first two. We wanted ot be positive up front and not lose too many wickets. But we out middle order was exposed again. Use the time off for a net and then also to get our mindsets right, talk to the boys and keep ourselves motivated. There are three more games to turn it around. It was a belter of a pitch, the execution was probably [wrong] It didn't seam and bounce, just was just bad shot selection"

"Just stiff [back]" says Brendon McCullum who rested most of the match after hurling himself into a boundary board, "I asked the guys to go up a gear today after Boxing Day and they responded. Another good toss to lose. The guys started brilliantly and the pitch seemed a touch quicker, which played a part. Henry, Bracewell and McClenaghan started so well to pose some questions [ for the selectors] and the fielder was outstanding as well. the new players have understood the dynamics of the group and fitted in perfectly. The likes of Santner have contributed immensely. I thought Guptill was going to get the World record. You can't describe that, you only see it once or twice and it was genuine strokemaking. There are very few players who can play like that and Martin is certainly one of them. Motivation is not a factor, we are playing for the country. That's what we expect of us. We are playing a Sri Lanka team who are full of fighters and we need to keep doing our best."

"Quick records in this innings: Fastest team 50, fastest team 100, second-fastest 50 in ODIs by Guptill, most runs in first 10 overs by a batsman (Guptill again), second-fastest team innings of ODI history." Top work from ESPNcricinfo's award-winning statsguru Bharath Seervi

2.05 pm Well, that was... . The match only lasted 36 overs, mostly because Sri Lanka's batsman just could not find an answer against New Zealand's pace. Then the chase only lasted 8.2 overs because the visitors were left in the dust again as Martin Guptill made an unbeaten 93 off only 30 balls. Let me repeat that ninety-bloody-three off only thirty bloody balls. With eight humongous sixes and nine fours. That means he ran only nine of his runs today. What the heck?!? Angelo Mathews may well be echoing my disbelief at the presenation. We'll bring it to you in a bit

Sud: "Now Nz..must continue and play their quota of 50 overs...and ask SL to chase that total... :P"

Dave: "Can we please organise a quick T20 game for after lunch or even another 50 over game"

lee: "Brendan McCullum wasn't available to play the role of Brendan McCullum so Martin Guptill played it instead, and some."

Senanayake to Latham, 1 run, there we go, easy as that. Gentle little clip into the leg side to help New Zealand wrap up a 2-0 lead in the series before the lunch break in the second ODI
Vandersay to Guptill, SIX runs, slog sweep into the grass banks! That smile on Guppy's face keeps getting bigger and bigger, almost like his sixes. Just takes a full ball on middle and muscles
Senanayake to Guptill, FOUR runs, that time he had to make room for himself, which he has been doing so easily. Slapped through cover. Now he is looking for the fastest 100 in ODI cricket! That was in 31 balls by AB
Senanayake to Guptill, FOUR runs, whoa! Picks the carrom ball from the front of the hand, waits for it to pitch and turn and offer him the width he wants. Then it is crisply cut behind point
Vandersay to Guptill, SIX runs, that time it was tossed up and Guptill winds up and smears it over the cover boundary. Once he knows he can get under the ball, he is never taking second thoughts. Just clean hitting
Vandersay to Guptill, FOUR runs, one-bounce four as he meets the short ball on middle stump and flat bats it down the ground. Sri Lanka continue to unravel, Guptill is simply relishing in their misery
Vandersay to Guptill, SIX runs, maybe he thought the off side boundary was feeling left out. Plants the front leg outside leg stump and plants the ball over the ropes at long-off
Vandersay to Guptill, SIX runs, gee, they are going to finish this before lunch! Picks up a length ball and pastes it into the grass banks beyond long-on. That's a 107 m monster
Vandersay to Guptill, FOUR runs, first ball in ODI cricket is a long hop, which Guptill muscles over the short fine leg. Pitching middle and leg, going on with the arm because there is not as much spin. Was close to the diving man at 45 degrees, but it was a very hard chance
Senanayake to Guptill, 1 run, nudged into the midwicket region to record the fastest ODI fifty by a New Zealander. Went off like a freight train against the short and length balls. Was given the luxury to do so by the small total. Very McCullum like, and it was his record that Guptill has taken over
Senanayake to Latham, FOUR runs, short again and this time Latham, by virtue of quick footwork to exploit the depth of the crease, pulls to deep square leg boundary
Chameera to Guptill, FOUR runs, 46 from 12! He is well on course to beat de Villiers!. This one was short too, he had moved outside leg again and heaves it past mid-on. Not the most perfectly timed stroke, but it'll do
Chameera to Guptill, FOUR runs, flat batted down the ground! He is 42 off 11, looking for the World and New Zealand record for fastest fifty. De Villiers got there in 16 balls, McCullum in 18 balls. This ball, from Chameera was over the wicket, and shortish. Slammed away
Chameera to Guptill, SIX runs, carts it over the infield and this has gone all the way as well! The crowd at point is well pleased. New Zealand are nearing 50 in the third over! Guptill is 38 off 10! Another win for him backing away and banishing a short ball
Chameera to Guptill, SIX runs, dug in short, on and around off stump, but Guptill had again jumped outside leg and slashed it over third man. This is some hitting, and each one is making Sri Lanka's batsmen look so sheepish
Chameera to Guptill, SIX runs, backs away, and this time he creates the width he wants with Chameera deciding to go around the wicket. Gets under this one just back of a length and on leg stump, and launches it over long-off
Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 leg bye, walks across outside off and is struck low on the pad. Good, concerted appeal from Kula and I think he was in with a shout for lbw. Mathews goes for a review, very very late. The 15 second period had passed, but it seems like Sri Lanka have persuaded the on-field umps to still go for it. Fuller ball on middle and leg, Guptill went for an manufactured, agricultural heave and is safe because the ball was sliding down leg
Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR runs, full and just outside off, Guptill takes this on too. Goes for a slash over mid-off, but the outside edge takes it to the third man boundary
Kulasekara to Guptill, FOUR runs, another screamer! Just hitting through the line, and that line was way outside off too. Guptill laces it past point off the front foot
Kulasekara to Guptill, SIX runs, he does not have the pace to bowl short and Guptill seemed to be waiting for it in that knowledge. Took a couple of steps down the track and launches it into the fans way beyond long-on. Didn't even look up, what a boss.
Chameera to Latham, FOUR runs, good call to take on the short ball, that seems to be the ploy for Sri Lanka and Latham does his best to upset that with a sweet little upper cut over point
Chameera to Guptill, FOUR runs, chance, dropped and the chaos continues. Chameera starts off from around the wicket and digs the ball in short. He has the field for it and Guptill keeps them in play as he pulls feebly. Rushed by the pace, the ball ends up at leg gully. Siriwardana had to dive to his right, got two hands to it, and then it spilled out and went to the boundary

1.25 pm Ah, it would seem Baz is still indisposed. He injured himself while chasing down a ball down and hurting, possibly his back, when he slammed into the boundary boards. Tom Latham has come out as opener with Martin Guptill.

dynamic batting


NZ's run rate in this chase, is the second-highest in an ODI innings. Highest is 15.83 also by NZ v Ban, Queenstown, 2007-08.

Fastest Kiwi


No. of balls by Guptill to complete his 50 - fastest by a NZ batsman and joint second-fastest in ODIs with Jayasuriya and K Perera

Quick 50


No. of balls taken by NZ to complete 50 runs, is the fastest in ODIs since 2002. They beat their own record of 21 balls v Ban, Queenstown, 31 Dec 2007.

Dominance v Asian teams


No. of 4-wkt hauls for Henry in ODIs, including this. All have been vs Asian teams - 2 v SL & Pak each and 1 v Ind; has 27 wkts in 8 inns vs them & 9 in 9 vs others

SL's poor batting


Number of totals lower than 117 for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in ODIs - 112, Christchurch, 2006-07 and 115, Colombo (PSS), 1983-84.