Christchurch - Martin Guptill's 93 off 30
balls smashed Sri Lanka into submission as New Zealand took just 8.2 overs to
claim the second one-day international by 10 wickets in Christchurch on Monday.
Guptill went within a whisker of breaking
the world record for the fastest ODI 50 and was close to scoring one of the
fastest centuries when New Zealand wrapped up the game.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said
Guptill was "superb" while Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews described
his side's performance as "embarrassing" and "pathetic".
After being dropped off the first ball he
faced, Guptill went on the warpath with a brutal assault that included nine
fours and eight sixes.
For Sri Lanka, it was a humiliating
performance after they expressed a desire to gain some pride from being
thrashed in the first ODI by seven wickets when New Zealand knocked off the
189-run target with 29 overs to spare.
Instead of getting better they went
backwards, being dismissed for 117 in 27.4 overs.
"It was embarrassing. Once again a
pathetic display by the whole batting unit," Mathews said.
"We just couldn't handle it. It didn't
swing or seam or bounce. It was just bad shot selection."
Guptill set about demolishing the Sri Lanka
He took 14 off one over by Nuwan Kulasekera
and 26 off the next over from Dushmantha Chameera as he raced to 46 from 12
His momentum was briefly arrested by some
well-placed Kulasekera yorkers and it took another five balls for Guptill to
reach his 50, one behind the world record of 16 held by South African AB de
"I got a couple of yorkers and
couldn't quite get it. But I'll take the not out and a win than the fastest 50
and getting out," he said.
Guptill did, however, break the New Zealand
record for the fastest 50, going one better than McCullum's best.
McCullum did not open the New Zealand
innings after injuring himself when he crashed into the fence while trying to
cut off a boundary.
Instead Tom Latham took up the opening
duties and hit the winning run to be unbeaten on 17 from 20 balls while Guptill
had faced 30 for his 93 not out.
De Villiers also holds the record for the
fastest ODI century, achieving the target in 31 balls in the same innings that
he set the fastest 50 record against the West Indies in Johannesburg in
Monday's entire game took exactly 36 overs
for New Zealand to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
When he won the toss and elected to bat,
Sri Lanka's Mathews described the pitch as "good for batting".
But his batsmen were unable to handle Matt
Henry, New Zealand's chief destroyer in the first match who again took four
He struck first in the fourth over when
Tillakaratne Dilshan was caught at first slip by Ross Taylor for seven, and the
wickets tumbled regularly from there.
Sri Lanka still looked capable of posting a
respectable score when they reached 81-5 in the 18th over but they then lost
three wickets for no runs to be 81-8.
Kulasekara, who struggled at the start of
his innings when he was dropped twice and won an appeal against an lbw
decision, went on to top-score for Sri Lanka with 19.
For New Zealand, Henry took four for 33 and
Mitchell McClenaghan three for 32.