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Guptill shines with century on New Zealand debut

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2009 11:20 IST

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Martin Guptill celebrated his international debut with a record-breaking 122 not out as New Zealand made 275-4 against the West Indies in the fourth one-day cricket match in Auckland on Saturday.

The 22-year-old opener batted throughout the innings to notch the highest ODI score by a New Zealander on debut.

It was the second-highest maiden ODI innings in world cricket, behind the 148 of West Indian Desmond Haynes, and the highest ever unbeaten debut.

Guptill, who was dropped three times, batted at nearly a run a ball, facing 135 deliveries and striking eight boundaries and two sixes. He brought up his century with a towering six off West Indies captain Chris Gayle.

When the New Zealand innings ended, another debutant Neil Broom was also starring at the crease with two sixes in a rapid 24 off 17 deliveries.

With the five-match series tied at one-all after the opening game was abandoned, Gayle won the toss and had no hesitation in sending New Zealand into bat, knowing that the winner cannot lose the series.

Conditions were ripe for his battery of quick bowlers with movement through the air and pace off the pitch.

But the West Indies suffered from wayward deliveries and some sloppy fielding in which the Guptill benefited from dropped catches on 16, 21 and 33.

New Zealand also profited from 26 extras including 11 wides and two no balls which gave them an additional 13 deliveries to score from.