New Zealand aim to iron out bowling chinks

New Zealand aim to iron out bowling chinks

Century-maker Martin Guptill became the highest-scoring player in Twenty20 worldwide history as New Zealand pummelled Australia´s attack to set a 244-run target in the fifth match of the T20 tri-series on Friday.

But after the T20I slogathon at Eden Park, where Australia set a world record for easily chasing down New Zealand's massive target of 244, someone needs to get out the tape measure.

Lynn qualified his comments by noting a "skilful and classy" New Zealand side, who crunched 18 sixes in a losing effort, would be eager to bounce back from defeat.

Australia and New Zealand faced each other in an worldwide T20 this morning, for those of us in Europe, with New Zealand knowing that a win would put them into the final of the tri-series than also includes England. As a bowler, you should just wipe off these matches from your memory.

Guptill eventually fell for 105 as he was snaffled at deep midwicket off Tye and a late innings slump, coupled with a good come back from Australia, saw the home side lose 4-12. It was Munro's assault that put Guptill's knock in shade till it lasted.

Munro went on to hit three successive sixes off Tye before being caught at long-on seeking a fourth.

Morgan was thankful that the result kept his winless team's hopes alive to qualify for the tri-series final.

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Guptill took 30 deliveries to get to his half-century and raced to his ton in the next 21 deliveries.

The run chase was highest in T20I history.

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The run chase eclipsed the 236 for six West Indies achieved in beating South Africa in Johannesburg in 2015. When he was out, Short took over and guided Australia toward victory in a vital partnership with Glenn Maxwell (31).

When Guptill scored his 58th run, he overtook McCullum's tally of 2140 runs and now has 2188 runs in 73 T20Is.

Left-arm seamer Ben Wheeler was tonked for 64 runs from his 3.1 overs before being hauled out of the attack for bowling two no-balls above waist height, while Tim Southee (1-48), Trent Boult (1-42) and Colin de Grandhomme (1-56) were also blasted by Australia's batsmen.

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