Andrew Tye looks distressed as Munro, Guptill plunder a huge total © AFP
Andrew Tye looks distressed as Munro, Guptill plunder a huge total © AFP

Though the New Zealand grounds are small and runs come easy to the batsman, Australia bowlers must not have anticipated a score as big as 243 for 6. However, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro made sure their bowlers had ample runs on the board to defend. Winning the toss, Kane Willliamson opted to bat and sent regular openers Guptill and Munro to start things off for the hosts. The opening pair put up a 132-run partnership to set the tone for a huge total.

Guptill and Munro made their intentions clear from the very first over — they would hammer everything. As a result, the duo put up 56 runs at the end of the first five overs. By the end of 10th over, both batsmen had scored their half-centuries, over 100 runs were scored without any loss and Australia’s plan looked lost.

Andrew Tye finally broke the partnership. Munro had hit Tye for three sixes off the first three deliveries. He mis-hit the fourth to Glenn Maxwell at long-on, departing for 76 off 33.

Guptill continued his work, completing his century. This was Guptill’s second T20I century, and he became the third New Zealand cricketer to have hit more than one centuries in the format. He also became the highest run-getter in the format, surpassing countryman Brendon McCullum in the process.

Guptill was soon dismissed by Tye, for 105. After his wicket, New Zealand’s scoring rate came down. Mark Chapman followed Guptill, getting out in a bizarre manner — his helmet fell off his head on the stumps.

Australia’s fielding has also been sloppy. Few chances were put down. This all added up to New Zealand’s blistering batting and with a helping of twin sixes in the final over by Ross Taylor, the hosts put up their highest T20I score. This is also the highest T20I score against Australia.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 243 for 6 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 76, Martin Guptill 105; Kane Richardson 2 for 40, Andrew Tye 2 for 64) against Australia