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Kane Guptill

'Number of back-to-back hundreds Guptill scores is freakish' – Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson was delighted with New Zealand's series-clinching win over Bangladesh in the second one-day international in Christchurch, and reserved special praise for back-to-back centurion Martin Guptill.

Guptill compiled a gritty century in the first ODI in Napier, and on Saturday, 16 February, he built on that at the Hagley Oval, scoring a fluent 88-ball 118 to help his team close out the series with a game to spare.

In both games, New Zealand's bowlers kept Bangladesh to modest scores, well within the 250-mark. And each time, Guptill gave the visitors with no hope of bouncing back with the ball.

This wasn't the first time Guptill has scored consecutive centuries. He's done it twice before, including at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2015 when he followed up his 105 against Bangladesh with an unbeaten 237 against the Windies. Before that, he did it during an ODI series in England in 2013. That stat hasn't gone unnoticed.

"Today, and in the last game, there were a couple of nice performances, obviously led by Martin Guptill," said Williamson. "He was brilliant, dominant, certainly in this game in terms of taking the momentum from the previous game. The number of back-to-back hundreds he scores is freakish."

It was also Guptill's 16th ODI ton, drawing him level with Nathan Astle at No.2 among centurions for New Zealand. Only Ross Taylor, with 20 to his name, has scored more.

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Martin Guptill double century CWC Quarter Final
Martin Guptill smashed the highest ever score in World Cup history during his 163-ball 237 to set up New Zealand's win over West Indies in CWC15.

"You always go out there and do your best for the team, and those milestones come about as by product of that," said Guptill.

Apart from Guptill's batting, another big positive for New Zealand was in the performance of their bowlers. "I thought the lads in the first half with the ball were outstanding," said Williamson. "There was a little bit there for us with the overcast conditions, and we did get a bit out of the surface. (It) allowed us to take regular wickets, which is important."

For Bangladesh, the only noteworthy performances came from Mohammad Mithun (57) and Mustafizur Rahman (2/42). Mashrafe Mortaza, their captain, urged the team to regroup and deliver a better result in the third ODI in Dunedin.

"Mithun keeps scoring the runs, that's a good sign obviously," said Mortaza. "I think our top order has to step up a bit, but there are some positives – Mustafizur bowled well with the new ball today.

"We have to play as a group. Both matches we have scored 220-230. If we can score 270-280, we can fight it out. We had some partnerships but they were very short. We have lost the series, but there's a match left. Hopefully, we will step up and give it our best."

Afghanistan fans celebrate a boundary during the 2019 Cricket World Cup warm up match between England and Afghanistan at The Oval in London on May 27, 2019.


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