New Zealand Vs South Africa Fifth ODI at Auckland
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With Martin Guptil giving NZ the needed punch at the top order, hosts' quest to win New Zealand Vs South Africa fifth ODI looks back on track. To be back after trailing 2-1 in the series is a big turnaround for the home side, and what makes it even bigger is the way they chased away massive 280. With five overs to spare, New Zealand in the 4th ODI reached the finish line and the man in pivotal role was their explosive opener Martin Guptil. Africa was never in the game right from the beginning till the end. The comeback-man Guptil, also the hero of the match scripted Kiwis' win thus putting paid to Africa's dream of an early finish 3-1 to the series. The series is level 2-2 now, and both the teams will be looking forward to becoming the winner of NZ Vs SA 5th ODI, a must-win clash.
Having suffered a 112-run downfall in the third game, New Zealand looked ahead rather than focusing the Hamilton loss. And this helped them get over the previous losses. However, at the core of their win in the fourth ODI was Guptil's 138-ball 180. Throughout innings, the 30-year old opener struck 15 boundaries and cleared the rope 11 times. As it was the third biggest ODI innings by any Kiwi batsman, this explosive knock fetched Guptil to a unique record. Interestingly, the other two innings the biggest and the second biggest had also been slammed by Martin Guptil. If Guptil continues his merciless show, becoming the winner of NZ Vs SA 5th ODI will not be a big deal for the hosts.
With Martin Guptil returning to the NZ's squad, the Proteas might suffer a bit to rid of the openers early. So, it would be vital for the visitors to find ways of reining in Guptil, who is in a sublime touch these days. In the last ODI, Africa missed on the strategy to strictly deal with the comeback-man Guptil whose unbeaten 180 paved New Zealand's route to victory. While the hosts will expecting a similar knock from their spearhead in New Zealand Vs South Africa fifth ODI, the visitors would like their plan to work effectively.
Will New Zealand script another win to wrap up the series 3-2 in the fifth ODI at Auckland?