A second ODI century in as many matches for Martin Guptill has guided the BLACKCAPS to an eight-wicket victory and a series win against Bangladesh at Hagley Oval.
The opener looked in superb touch chasing down Bangladesh’s total of 227 with relative ease in the 37th over and in the process bringing up his 16th ODI century to equal the career century tally of Nathan Astle.
Guptill along with captain Kane Williamson (65*) put on a partnership of 143 runs for the second wicket, effectively batting the visitors out of the contest.
It was then left to Williamson and Ross Taylor (21*) to take the team home.
Earlier, Lockie Ferguson took 3-43, headlining a strong all-round bowling effort from the BLACKCAPS.
Mohammad Mithun (57) was the only visiting batsman to pass 50 as Todd Astle and Jimmy Neesham chipped in with two wickets each.
Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Colin de Grandhomme all took one wicket as Bangladesh were bowled out in the final over of their innings for 226.
The three-match ODI series now heads to University Oval in Dunedin with the BLACKCAPS holding an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
🙌🙌 Some early success for Trent Boult! Liton Das is caught superbly by a running Lockie Ferguson! However, the rain has just started to come down, the players seeking refuge in the pavilion... @BCBtigers 10/1 | 4.1 overs— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 15, 2019
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Many better sights than Matt Henry in full flight?! He's picked up the wicket of Tamim Iqbal LBW. Watchful start from @BCBtigers 32/2 | 10 overs— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 15, 2019
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WICKET! Lockie Ferguson strikes taking the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim who chopped on for 24. Congrats must go to Rahim on playing his 200th ODI today.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 15, 2019
Players taking a drink here at Hagley Oval. 🇧🇩 81/4 | 18 overs
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Hot chips on the bank kind of day at Hagley Oval! 50 up for the BLACKCAPS after losing Henry Nicholls caught on the deep square boundary 🇳🇿 54/1 | 8.4 overs— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 16, 2019
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🚨 MAN IN FORM 🚨— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 16, 2019
Even when he ducks it's with FULL FOCUS! Martin Guptill brings up his 35th ODI half century off just 33 balls.
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👏🏽👏🏽 There it is! Martin Guptill brings up his 16th ODI century equalling the number Nathan Astle scored in his career. This effort from Guptill off just 76 balls. Superb!#NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/ZPXC6Y4Gae— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 16, 2019
Drinks here at Hagley Oval - ☕️?— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 16, 2019
BLACKCAPS timing the chase nicely with Williamson passing 50 after losing Guptill for 118. Ross Taylor out there now with the captain 🏏✅
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