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Guptill, Bracewell take New Zealand to dominant victory

Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten century to guide New Zealand to victory
Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten century to guide New Zealand to victory
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New Zealand 207-2 (Guptill 103no) beat
South Africa 204 (Behardien 70) by eight wickets
Second One-Day International, Potchefstroom

Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten ton as New Zealand chased down 205 with 33 balls to spare to win the second One-Day International against South Africa by eight wickets in Potchefstroom, levelling the series 1-1.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. Adam Milne (2-39) struck in his very first over getting the big wicket of Hashim Amla (8) who top edged a slash to third man.

Milne could have had his second wicket in that over but missed a tough return catch from Rilee Rossouw (39).

Milne had more success getting Morne van Wyk (2) in his next over and South Africa reached 48 for two after 10 overs and 68 for two after 15 overs.

However, Doug Bracewell (3-31), making a comeback after a long time got the breakthrough getting Rossouw to chip one to mid-off.

In his next over, Bracewell struck again by getting the dangerous David Miller (5) to get a leading edge while trying to flick the ball off the pads.

South Africa reached 85 for four after 20 overs and got some thrust when Farhaan Behardien (70) struck consecutive fours off Ish Sodhi (1-59) in the 21st over.

However, part-timer Grant Elliott (1-25) got the prized wicket of AB de Villiers (31) chipping a simple catch to mid-wicket.

South Africa were in serious trouble at 107 for five after 24 overs before Behardien was dropped by Milne off his own bowling in the 32nd over.

Running out of partners, Behardien brought up his fifty with a powerful six off Sodhi to take South Africa to 159 for six after 37 overs.

Two more fours off Sodhi in the next over helped South Africa reach 173 for six after 40 overs.

But it was Bracewell who brought Behardien’s dangerous 87-ball knock to an end with an off-cutter, also closing out his 54-run partnership with Vernon Philander (30 not out).

South Africa were wrapped up for 204 in the 50th over. Bracewell was the pick of the bowlers having taken three wickets while Milne managed two.

Guptill (103 not out) started aggressively for New Zealand. In the third over, he smashed three fours off Aaron Phangiso (1-37) while also being lucky when the bowler dropped a return catch.

A flurry of 10 fours in the first 10 overs took New Zealand to 56 for no loss after the power-play.

Guptill and Tom Latham (64), who was even more aggressive, took Behardien (0-18) for 16 runs following which New Zealand reached 85 for no loss after 15 overs.

Guptill had more luck when Imran Tahir (1-42) dropped him off his own bowling in the 16th over. More good fortune followed for Guptill when David Wiese (0-23) dropped a regulation catch at long-off.

Latham brought his fifty up in just 57 balls in the 21st over after which New Zealand reached the 100-run mark as well.

Guptill brought up his fifty off 86 balls with a four off Dale Steyn (0-38) taking New Zealand to 123 for no loss after 27 overs.

Tahir eventually ended the opening partnership getting Latham top edging a sweep to deep square leg.

Kane Williamson (7) was dismissed cheaply by Phangiso who got through his defence as the former inside edged the ball onto his stumps.

New Zealand were 140 for two after 32 overs at that point but debutant George Worker (20 not out) and Guptill added unbeaten 67 for the third wicket to close out the game.

Guptill brought up his ninth ODI century with a four off the last ball of the innings taking New Zealand to victory as they romped home scoring 207 for two in just 44.3 overs, winning by eight wickets.

By doing so, they have also levelled the series 1-1. Guptill was named as the man of the match for his unbeaten century.

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