South African-born Colin Munro paved the way for another thumping New Zealand, who thumped Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the second Twenty 20 International (T20I), played at Auckland. After Angelo Mathews set the tone for the away side with a fighting 82, Guptill put the contest to bed with a stunning 19-ball half-century, entering the all-time charts in style. It came in such ease. It spoke volumes of the stunning recent form the New Zealand opener is in.
With Kane Williamson holding things up at the other end, the target was going to be a formality but Munro’s thrill-a-minute knock put the spotlight on him. The southpaw went blazing away, taking leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay to the cleaners, smashing three sixes of his bowling. The crowd were on their feet at this point, anticipating catches. He was beaten once in flight by Vandersay but there was little respite for the bowlers post that.
Dushmanta Chameera was picked away with ease at which a top class batsman approaches a pub bowler. The pacer’s first ball went back over his head and over the sightscreen for a huge six. Munro then read his slower delivery well and just about managed to cart the ball over the long-on ropes. He finished things off in style with a full-blooded pull over deep mid-wicket to help the Kiws wrap up the series and etch his name in the record books. His effort of 14 balls is the second fastest T20 fifty. India’s Yuvraj Singh still holds the record (off 12 balls) when he blasted Stuart Broad and co in the World T20 2007 group game. That effort came in Durban. Here, it was a Durban-born who was taking away all the plaudits. Watch the video below: