Match Over - New Zealand won by 7 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 01 Mar 2017, 03:00 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: MJ Guptill


  • Umpire1: PR Reiffel
  • Umpire2: WR Knights
  • Third Umpire: JS Wilson



Overs: 45.0 / 50.0

New Zealand



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0

South Africa

Right then. Guptill's mind-blowing innings, apart from delivering a win, has kept the series alive and set up what should be a cracker deciding final ODI at Eden Park in Auckland. The last time the two teams met there was nearly two years ago, and it produced what was arguably the match of the 2015 World Cup, and one of the more indelible moments in World Cup, or even, cricket history. It is with a lot of history behind them that Auckland will welcome the two teams back. Hope to see you all then. Do join us on Saturday. Until then, it's goodbye from us. Thank you for joining us.

Jackie: "Turns out that was a good toss to lose, although with Guppy being on fire like that it may not have made much difference"

Alamin: "4th highest score in chase! Guptill, you beauty"

Must Hamid: "SA Won 1st & 3rd ODI while NZ won 2nd & 4th ODI. Going by the Odd-Even pattern, SA should win the decider !!"

Must Hamid: "All the matches having an individual Score in 170s (170-179) in the second innings are played by Australia. This match could have been an exception but thanks to Guptill who scored 180 for keeping the record still alive "

Guptill - We just kept talking about taking it as deep as we can. It was important to rotate the strike and then accelerate in the end. Myself and Ross had a good partnership.

Martin Guptill is the Man of the Match.

Kane Williamson - Guppy was unbelievable. Probably the best knock I have seen on wicket that wasn't easy. At the halfway stage, when we reflected on it, we would have certainly liked to restrict them to much lesser. But Martin came out and played a special innings. And Ross Taylor also did well to take the pressure of him. Overall, I think the guys did pretty well. South Africa bat deep and we would have liked to do well towards the end when we bowled. AB is probably the best player in the world. On this surface, we would have liked to make it a little more difficult for him, so we have to do our homework going into the next game.Every game in this series has been different, as have the grounds and the surfaces. It is important to go into Eden park and make improvements. Batting was great but there is room for improvement. It was nice to have a few guys back and get over the line. Martin came back and did what he does the best which is hit the cricket ball.

AB de Villiers - We have to analyse where we went wrong. We struggled tog et partnerships going and it was difficult to get momentum going. Fantastic innings by Martin, but there are areas we definitely need to improve. I was confident of the total we got. We needed to get Martin out, but we just could not create enough opportunities to get him out. Imran bowled really well tonight. The conditions change in ODI cricket - 100 overs are a lot of time. I would not say we had the worse or the better of the conditions. We were just outplayed. It's 2-2, so not all is done and dusted. Big final coming at Eden Park, hopefully, we can do well there.

9.35pm Guptill soaks in a generous applause from all around. Gets a standing ovation for an innings that will go down as one of the finest in recent times. The South Africans, too, applaud him for the knock. What an innings this has been. A true masterclass. Right up there with the World Cup double century, if not better. Guptill took on the bowlers at will. When he wanted to launch them, he was able to, when he wanted to crunch a drive, he managed to get right to the pitch of the ball and play it with all of the elegance he could muster. And on the very rare occasion that he skewed something off the splice, it evaded South Africa's best fielders and their best efforts. But Guptill deserved to stay till the end and finish this off. And not to forget Ross Taylor's contribution. He did not play the prettiest of knocks, struggled for the most parts, but full marks to him for grinding it out and making sure wickets did not fall. It enabled Guptill to not worry about wickets in hand and express himself and how he expressed himself, with an innings for the ages.

Guptill finishes with the highest second-innings score by a New Zealand batsman and the fourth overall, behind Shane Watson (185 not out), MS Dhoni (183 not out) and Virat Kohli (183). His 11 sixes are the joint second-highest. South Africa have been thoroughly outplayed in this game. If they were in it for at least parts of it during the first innings, they were nowhere in the picture in the second. A forgettable night for them ends with South Africa conceding the No. 1 ranking to Australia.

Kiran: "If one batsman scores more than 64% of your target by using up just 46% of the deliveries and stands not out, then result is in your bag for sure"

44.6Imran Tahir to MJ Guptill, 2 runs, luck favours Guptill right till the very end. Guptill tries to slog this pitched up ball but he skews it off the leading edge as the ball goes past covers. De Villiers runs back and puts in a dive and again the ball falls in front of him. And they have enough time to come back for the second.
44.5Imran Tahir to MJ Guptill, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, and that is Guptill's 11th six. Pitched up right on the stumps, in the slot for Guptill who gets the front leg out of the way and lofts it straight down the ground.
44.4Imran Tahir to MJ Guptill, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, googly, Guptill picks it and slogs it powerfully over deep midwicket. Long way into the grassbanks.
44.3Imran Tahir to L Ronchi, 1 run, full ball, driven to mid-off who throws it at the striker's end and Guptill is pretty sore and cannot stretch. Does not drag the bat. De Kock collects it but Guptill makes it back.
44.2Imran Tahir to MJ Guptill, 1 run, again short of the fielder at long-off. Tries to pull this short of good length ball but Tahir gets it to spin a good distance outside off and Guptill drags it to long-off. Brilliant fielding by the fielder and the throw is fired to Tahir who collects it but dislodges the bails with his hands as he throws the ball. Guptill was on the line when the bails came off and he would have been gone.
44.1Imran Tahir to MJ Guptill, 2 runs, good length on the pads, flicked to long leg.
End of over 44. 5 runs this over. 262/3 after 264 balls.
MJ Guptill 163 (133b 15x4 9x6 ) WD Parnell 7-1-44-0
L Ronchi 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 43. 3 runs this over. 257/3 after 258 balls.
LRPL Taylor 66 (97b 7x4 1x6 ) Imran Tahir 9-2-38-2
MJ Guptill 158 (127b 14x4 9x6 ) more
End of over 42. 10 runs this over. 254/2 after 252 balls.
MJ Guptill 157 (126b 14x4 9x6 ) WD Parnell 6-1-39-0
LRPL Taylor 64 (92b 7x4 1x6 ) more

Guptill's score is now the highest second-innings score by a New Zealand batsman.

End of over 41. 10 runs this over. 244/2 after 246 balls.
MJ Guptill 156 (125b 14x4 9x6 ) CH Morris 9-0-54-0
LRPL Taylor 55 (87b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 40. 17 runs this over. 234/2 after 240 balls.
LRPL Taylor 54 (86b 5x4 1x6 ) D Pretorius 8-0-55-0
MJ Guptill 147 (120b 14x4 8x6 ) more
End of over 39. 2 runs this over. 213/2 after 233 balls.
LRPL Taylor 40 (81b 3x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 8-0-40-0
MJ Guptill 140 (118b 14x4 7x6 ) more
End of over 38. 2 runs this over. 211/2 after 228 balls.
LRPL Taylor 40 (79b 3x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 7-0-38-0
MJ Guptill 140 (115b 14x4 7x6 ) more
End of over 37. 3 runs this over. 208/2 after 220 balls.
LRPL Taylor 39 (72b 3x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 7-0-40-1
MJ Guptill 139 (114b 14x4 7x6 ) more
End of over 36. 5 runs this over. 205/2 after 216 balls.
LRPL Taylor 39 (69b 3x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 6-0-37-0
MJ Guptill 138 (113b 14x4 7x6 ) more

Akshay to take you through to the end.

End of over 35. 7 runs this over. 200/2 after 209 balls.
LRPL Taylor 39 (67b 3x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 7-0-37-1
MJ Guptill 133 (108b 13x4 7x6 ) more
End of over 34. 9 runs this over. 193/2 after 204 balls.
MJ Guptill 132 (106b 13x4 7x6 ) D Pretorius 5-0-32-0
LRPL Taylor 34 (64b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Justin: "Is it just my imagination or has Guppy been a thorn in the Protea flesh over the last couple of seasons? It always feels like he makes runs against us. But whether that is just my perception or not, well played to him today. Powering a real fightback for the Black caps." --- Actually, he had his worst record against South Africa before this game. Average of 22 or whereabouts. But he'd got a century in his last-but-one-game against them. you can read more here - New Zealand's most important one-day batsman?

End of over 33. 7 runs this over. 184/2 after 198 balls.
MJ Guptill 125 (103b 13x4 6x6 ) Imran Tahir 8-2-35-1
LRPL Taylor 32 (61b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 2 runs this over. 177/2 after 192 balls.
LRPL Taylor 32 (57b 2x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 7-0-39-0
MJ Guptill 119 (101b 13x4 5x6 ) more

Morris has snuck through a few quiet overs here

Zachary: "For Pumpkin, why don't they just bring Ravel in to open with Guppy? Then drop everyone down one. Another option is playing Latham but playing him at 4 or something in the ODI format. Regardless, something needs to change as we cannot keep relaying on two or three batsmen. It's not fair on them or the other guys in the team..."

End of over 31. 9 runs this over. 175/2 after 186 balls.
MJ Guptill 118 (96b 13x4 5x6 ) Imran Tahir 7-2-29-1
LRPL Taylor 31 (56b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 5 runs this over. 166/2 after 180 balls.
MJ Guptill 110 (92b 13x4 4x6 ) CH Morris 6-0-37-0
LRPL Taylor 30 (54b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29.  A maiden over! 161/2 after 174 balls.
LRPL Taylor 29 (53b 2x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 6-2-20-1
MJ Guptill 106 (87b 13x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 28. 3 runs this over. 161/2 after 168 balls.
MJ Guptill 106 (87b 13x4 4x6 ) CH Morris 5-0-32-0
LRPL Taylor 29 (47b 2x4 0x6 ) more

For the most part, it doesn't look like the pitch made any changes at all to how South Africa approached this defence

End of over 27. 7 runs this over. 158/2 after 162 balls.
MJ Guptill 105 (84b 13x4 4x6 ) WD Parnell 5-1-29-0
LRPL Taylor 27 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 26. 4 runs this over. 151/2 after 156 balls.
LRPL Taylor 25 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 4-0-29-0
MJ Guptill 100 (82b 12x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 25. 8 runs this over. 147/2 after 150 balls.
LRPL Taylor 23 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 4-1-22-0
MJ Guptill 98 (80b 12x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 24. 8 runs this over. 139/2 after 144 balls.
LRPL Taylor 17 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 6-0-30-1
MJ Guptill 96 (77b 12x4 4x6 ) more

Deep square leg and fine leg were both sliding, the ball bisected them, and they have ended up colliding. Parnell, the fine leg fielder, is down clutching his face. Morris seems alright...and now Parnell is up. No damage done.

End of over 23. 6 runs this over. 131/2 after 138 balls.
LRPL Taylor 16 (30b 1x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 3-1-14-0
MJ Guptill 90 (74b 11x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 22. 9 runs this over. 125/2 after 132 balls.
MJ Guptill 85 (71b 10x4 4x6 ) K Rabada 5-0-23-1
LRPL Taylor 15 (27b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Chaitu Reddy: "Seems there are not as many demons in the pitch as you commentators made out" --- Seems so. But we haven't seen South Africa try and exploit it - not a lot of cutters. Not half of what NZ did.

End of over 21. 7 runs this over. 116/2 after 126 balls.
MJ Guptill 77 (66b 8x4 4x6 ) Imran Tahir 5-1-20-1
LRPL Taylor 14 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 109/2 after 120 balls.
LRPL Taylor 8 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 4-0-14-1
MJ Guptill 76 (64b 8x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 19. 2 runs this over. 105/2 after 114 balls.
LRPL Taylor 6 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 4-1-13-1
MJ Guptill 74 (61b 8x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 18. 10 runs this over. 103/2 after 108 balls.
MJ Guptill 73 (60b 8x4 4x6 ) D Pretorius 4-0-23-0
LRPL Taylor 5 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Drinks are on the field. And break time for me as well. Varun will take you through the next hour or so. See you in the slog overs.

End of over 17.  A maiden over! 93/2 after 102 balls.
LRPL Taylor 5 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 3-1-11-1
MJ Guptill 63 (54b 6x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 16. 2 runs this over. 93/2 after 96 balls.
MJ Guptill 63 (54b 6x4 4x6 ) D Pretorius 3-0-13-0
LRPL Taylor 5 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 3 runs this over. 91/2 after 90 balls.
MJ Guptill 62 (49b 6x4 4x6 ) Imran Tahir 2-0-11-1
LRPL Taylor 4 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 4 runs this over. 88/2 after 84 balls.
MJ Guptill 60 (45b 6x4 4x6 ) D Pretorius 2-0-11-0
LRPL Taylor 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 84/2 after 78 balls.
MJ Guptill 58 (43b 6x4 4x6 ) Imran Tahir 1-0-8-1
LRPL Taylor 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 7 runs this over. 76/1 after 72 balls.
KS Williamson 21 (23b 3x4 0x6 ) D Pretorius 1-0-7-0
MJ Guptill 51 (39b 6x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 11. 12 runs this over. 69/1 after 66 balls.
KS Williamson 16 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) JP Duminy 3-0-26-0
MJ Guptill 49 (37b 6x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 10. 11 runs this over. 57/1 after 60 balls.
MJ Guptill 38 (33b 5x4 2x6 ) CH Morris 3-0-25-0
KS Williamson 15 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 46/1 after 54 balls.
MJ Guptill 28 (28b 4x4 1x6 ) JP Duminy 2-0-14-0
KS Williamson 14 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 38/1 after 48 balls.
KS Williamson 12 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 2-0-14-0
MJ Guptill 22 (24b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 33/1 after 42 balls.
KS Williamson 8 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) JP Duminy 1-0-6-0
MJ Guptill 21 (23b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 27/1 after 36 balls.
MJ Guptill 20 (20b 3x4 1x6 ) CH Morris 1-0-9-0
KS Williamson 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 5 runs this over. 18/1 after 30 balls.
MJ Guptill 12 (15b 1x4 1x6 ) K Rabada 3-0-10-1
KS Williamson 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 13/1 after 24 balls.
MJ Guptill 8 (12b 0x4 1x6 ) WD Parnell 2-1-8-0
KS Williamson 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 5/1 after 18 balls.
KS Williamson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 2-0-5-1
MJ Guptill 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

He looks very tentative

End of over 2.  A maiden over! 1/0 after 12 balls.
MJ Guptill 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 1-1-0-0
DG Brownlie 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/0 after 6 balls.
DG Brownlie 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
MJ Guptillnot out 1801981381511130.43
DG BrownlieC Q de Kock B K Rabada410101040
KS WilliamsonLBW Imran Tahir2138243087.5
LRPL TaylorC HM Amla B Imran Tahir66140977168.04
L Ronchinot out 110100100
JDS Neesham -
MJ Santner -
C de Grandhomme -
TG Southee -
JS Patel -
TA Boult -
Total 280/3
K Rabada8.004115.13
WD Parnell7.014406.29
CH Morris9.005406
JP Duminy3.002608.67
D Pretorius8.005506.88
Imran Tahir10.025625.6