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 - This Day That Year: Martin Guptill Smashes Highest Individual World Cup Score
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 - India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Martin Guptill Surpasses Nathan Astle to Become New Zealand's Most Prolific Opener in ODI Cricket
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 - It Will be Great to Win 3-0, Fingers crossed: New Zealand Captain Tom Latham
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.