Martin Guptill's 17-ball fifty is the fastest by a New Zealand batsman © Getty Images
Martin Guptill’s strike rate of 310 is also the fifth highest in the history of the game among batsmen who have scored a minimum of 25 runs in an ODI innings © Getty Images

Martin Guptill has enshrined his name in record books by smashing the second fastest ODI half century ever in New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI played at Christchurch. He reached his fifty in just 17 deliveries equaling Sanath Jayasuriya and Kusal Perera who also have 17-ball half centuries to their name. The trio are now joint second in the list of fastest ODI fifties. AB de Villiers tops the list with his 16-ball half century he scored against West Indies in January this year. Talking of Guptill, he went on to score an unbeaten 93 off just 30 balls. His strike rate of 310 is also the fifth highest in the history of the game among batsmen who have scored a minimum of 25 runs in an ODI innings. Interestingly, the top two batsmen who have the highest strike rates are also from New Zealand. James Franklin’s unbeaten 31 off eight balls (strike rate 387.50) against Canada in March 13, 2011 tops the list followed by Nathan McCullum’s 32 not-out in nine balls (strike rate 355.55) against Sri Lanka in November 12, 2013. SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd ODI at Christchurch

Both, Franklin and Nathan McCullum hit their 31 off eight and 32 not-out off nine balls at Mumbai and Hambantota respectively. Since both these venues are in India and Sri Lanka respectively, Guptill’s strike rate of 310 is the third highest outside the subcontinent. De Villiers and Andre Russell had strike rates of 338.63 and 323.07 respectively when they cracked 44-ball 149 and 13-ball 42 not-out against South Africa and West Indies in Johannesburg and Christchurch respectively. Guptill’s 17-ball fifty is also the fastest by a kiwi batsman and also the fastest in Oceania. Guptill hit eight sixes in his innings which is second only to De Villiers’ nine sixes for most number of sixes by a batsman who end with a strike rate of above 300 in an ODI innings; the qualification again a minimum of 25 runs.

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)