Guptill’s 180* levels series 2-2.
Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Umpires: Wayne Knights, Rod Tucker, Ian Gould, Shaun Haig
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath
What an innings that was from Guptill. South Africa had smashed their way to 279 thanks to AB de Villiers doing his thing. They lost Brownlie early, were 2-1 down in the series against a rampant South Africa attack. The visitors had the number 1 bowler in the world – Imran Tahir – in their ranks, and he got the big wicket of Williamson. But Guptill took him to pieces on a very difficult track. Taylor scratched around to hang in there, but Guptill was simply outstanding. He was struggling towards the end with his hamstring, so just decided to only attempt to clear the ropes. Seriously, if you get a moment, find the innings on highlights and watch it – it was sensational.
All in all, it means we have a decider! At Eden Park, home to that infamous Semi-Final between these two just under 2 years ago.
South Africa Innings
Powerplay 1 – 51 runs, 1 wicket
South Africa: 50 runs in 9.3 overs
2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 54 balls (Hashim Amla 31, Francois du Plessis 17)
Powerplay 2 – 122 runs, 5 wickets
South Africa: 100 runs in 20.5 overs
Francois du Plessis: 50 off 72 balls (3 x fours)
3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 69 balls (Francois du Plessis 32, JP Duminy 21)
South Africa: 150 runs in 35.1 overs
Powerplay 3 – 106 runs, 2 wickets
South Africa: 200 runs in 44.4 overs
7th Wicket: 50 runs in 50 balls (AB de Villiers 30, Chris Morris 20)
AB de Villiers: 50 off 50 balls (3 x fours, 1 x six)
South Africa: 250 runs in 48.0 overs
8th Wicket: 50 runs in 18 balls (AB de Villiers 19, Wayne Parnell 27)
Innings Break: South Africa – 279/8 in 50 overs