New Zealand opener Martin Guptill woke up on the right side of the bed as he belted a blistering 35-ball century in Worcestershire’s thumping win against Northamptonshire in English T20 competition – Vitality Blast. Chasing 188 to win, the Kiwi almost single-handedly helped his side to a nine-wicket victory. Also Read - 5th T20I: Martin Guptill, Ish Sodhi Power New Zealand to Clinical 7-Wicket Win Over Australia; Clinch Series 3-2
During his innings, the 31-year old hammered an incredible 19 boundaries – 12 fours and seven monstrous sixes – as Worcestershire chased down the target in just 13.1 overs. Also Read - New Zealand vs Australia Full Scorecard, Match Result And Highlights: Hosts Prevail in High-Scoring 2nd T20I
Guptill’s effort is the joint fourth-fastest T20 century of all time, with only Chris Gayle (30 balls), Rishabh Pant (32) and Andrew Symonds (34) bettering the Kiwi. However, his knock was second-fastest century in Twenty20s in England after Andrew Symonds’s 34-ball century for Kent against Middlesex in 2004. Also Read - New Zealand vs Australia 2nd T20I: Martin Guptill Breaks Rohit Sharma's Record For Most Sixes
Along with opening partner Joe Clarke (61 not out from 33), Guptill took the Northants bowlers to all parts of the ground. The duo knitted a mammoth 162-run stand in 10 overs for the first wicket to provide Worcestershire a flying start.
Northamptonshire bowlers – Nathan Buck and Seekkuge Prasanna were the ones who faced the real heat of Guptill’s blade. Buck conceded 33 runs in 2.1 overs, while Seekkuge Prasanna, the Sri Lanka leg-spinner, was taken for as many runs in his two overs.
After reaching his century from just 35 balls, Guptill was eventually dismissed by medium pacer – Richard Gleeson. He scored 102 off 38 balls.
The 30-ball effort from Chris Gayle for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the IPL 2013 remains the quickest in T20 cricket.