Martin Guptill moves past Chris Cairns to second place on New Zealand’s all-time six list
On comeback, Martin Guptill crossed two milestones during his 14th ODI hundred. © AFP

The opener Martin Guptill has surpassed Chris Cairns to sit behind only Brendon McCullum in the list of most sixes in ODIs for New Zealand.

In his 157th innings, Guptill hit his 152nd six to move past former allrounder Cairns who hit 151 in 192 ODI innings for the Blackcaps. This milestone came in the same match in which the 32-year-old became the fifth New Zealand batsman to reach 6,000 runs in ODIs.

Shortly after reaching his 14th ODI hundred, Guptill smashed the legspin of Seekkuge Prasanna over midwicket for six to equal Cairns. Not long after, he went past Cairns with his 152nd six, a bent-knee swat over long-off off Lakshan Sandakan. (LIVE SCORECARD: NEW ZEALAND vs SRI LANKA)

MOST SIXES FOR NEW ZEALAND IN ODIS

Player  Matches   Innings   Span  6s
B McCullum 260 228 2002-2016 200
M Guptill 160* 157 2009-2019 152
C Cairns 214 192 1991-2006 151

Overall in ODIs, Cairns sent the ball over the boundary on 153 occasions but two of them came when representing an ICC XI.

Guptill’s 2015 World Cup captain McCullum struck 200 sixes for New Zealand in 228 innings.