New Delhi: Records tumbled as New Zealand made short work of Sri Lanka in the second ODI at the Hagley Oval ground in Christchurch on Monday.
New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 117 runs in 27.4 overs – a small but not a miniscule target that the Kiwi batsmen made it look like. The hosts took just 8.2 overs – 50 balls – to hammer down the target.
On their way to complete annihilation of Sri Lankan bowling attack, the Black Caps made several entries in the record books.
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill scored the second-fastest half-century in one-day internationals. He took on 17 balls to complete his 50 runs. Guptill missed AB de Villiers’ 16-ball record by one ball but matched Sanath Jayasuriya and Kusal Perera’s mark for the second-fastest.
However, Guptill was on mark to record the fastest fifty by a New Zealander beating his captain Brendon McCullum’s by one ball.
The mayhem saw New Zealand breaking the record of completing 50 runs by a significant margin of 16 balls. It took New Zealand just 16 balls to reach 50-run mark – fastest in ODIs since 2002. They beat their own record of 21 balls versus Bangladesh in Queenstown on December 31, 2007.
During the chase, New Zealand’s run-rate was 14.16. It is the second-highest run-rate in an ODI innings. Record for the highest run-rate – 15.83 – is also held by New Zealand that they achieved against Bangladesh.
This is Sri Lanka’s third-lowest ODI score against New Zealand. Before Monday, Sri Lanka got out for 112 at the same ground in 2006-07 and 115 at Colombo in 1983-84.