Martin Guptill was unbeaten on 66 off 78 deliveries during the third ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Martin Guptill was unbeaten on 66 off 78 deliveries during the third ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka © Getty Images

Jan 17, 2015

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill created a new record during his innings of 66 from 78 balls during the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka at the Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday. Guptill, who hit four boundaries and three sixes during his innings, became the fastest New Zealand batsman to complete 3,000 ODI runs.

Guptill achieved the feat in 90 innings, eclipsing Nathan Astle‘s record of achieving it in 93 innings. Following is the list of the New Zealand batsmen to have reached the milestone in the least number of innings:

Player Matches Innings Year Debut
Martin Guptill 93 90 2015 2009
Nathan Astle 94 93 1999 1995
Martin Crowe 98 96 1990 1982
Ross Taylor 106 96 2011 2006
Stephen Fleming 107 104 1999 1994

The third ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was called off after incessant rain, that interrupted the course of the game twice before a third spell of shower forced the match officials to take the decision. Guptill shared a 99-run partnership with Tom Latham to guide New Zealand to a strong position of 139 for one, before Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews took a couple of quick wickets to halt the hosts’ progress. The two sides will meet at Nelson for the fourth one-dayer.