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Stats: Leading run-scores in T20 Internationals

Taking the bowlers for cleaners, Guptill brought up his 2nd century in the T20I format in front of his home crowd.

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Martin Guptill produced a massacre at Auckland’s Eden Park in the 5th game of the Trans-Tasman T20I series against the Australians. The kiwi opener smashed 105 in just 54 balls with six fours and nine sixes tearing apart the Aussie bowlers. He along with Colin Munro laid the foundation for a huge total with help of 132-run opening stand that came in only 10.4 overs. By virtue of the opening stand and Guptill’s innings, New Zealand finished with 243/6 which is their joint highest total in the T20I cricket.

Taking the bowlers for cleaners, Guptill brought up his 2nd century in the T20I format in front of his home crowd. The destructive batsman’s maiden century came against South Africa in 2012 during a chase where he scored an unbeaten 101 off 69 balls. It was the slowest hundred in the history T20I cricket so far. His century against Aussies is now the 7th century recorded for New Zealand in this format. He needed 49 balls for his hundred in this match which is the 2nd fastest for Kiwis behind the 47-ball ton by Colin Munro against Windies last month.

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On his way to his highest T20I individual score in the game, Martin Guptill became the leading run-getter in the history of the T20I format. The 31-year-old came into the game with 2083 runs in this format and surpassed the tally of Brendon McCullum when he reached 59. McCullum, the former New Zealand captain scored 2140 runs in 70 innings he batted in his 71-match T20I career. Guptill now has scored 2188 runs in the 71 innings in the T20I cricket in the 73 games he played.

With the nine sixes in this innings, Guptill also surpassed McCullum’s tally of sixes in this format. McCullum held the record for most sixes in T20Is for New Zealand with 91 sixes. Guptill, who started the game with 89 sixes in T20Is went past his former opening partner with his 3rd six. At end of the innings, Guptill has 98 sixes in this format which are the 2nd most by any player after Chris Gayle. The West Indian destructive batsman hit 103 sixes in his T20I career.

Leading run-getters in the Twenty20 Internationals:

HIGHEST-RUN-GETTERS in T20Is

(Stats as on February 16, 2018)

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