We talk about a batsman being in form a lot of times but what do we actually mean? It means every time he goes out to bat, he's the prized wicket to take for the opposition. In other words, runs are flowing consistently from his bat and Martin Guptill of New Zealand is one such batsman these days..
Today, in first T20 against touring South Africans, Guptill made his 6th consecutive half century. It's not quite a straight record as his first five fifties came in one day internationals against Zimbabwe while today was a T20 match but somehow, making his 6th consecutive international half century, Guptill equalled fellow countryman Andrew Jones' record who did the same back in 1988-89.
Guptill was the difference between two teams today as he continued his attacking innings while four of his mates came and went from other end, chasing moderate target of 148. South African bowling was upto the task but presence of Guptill never allowed them to get ahead and Kiwis raced home with four balls remaining.
Earlier, some tricky bowling from Kiwis restricted visitors. Coming into this match with just one warm-up game, South Africans kept on losing wickets at regular intervals untill JP Duminy stabilised one end and Justin Ontong smashed Kane Williamson for four consecutive sixes.
Guptill also effected an actobatic run out of Hashim Amla and fully deserved the man of the match award. Brendon McCullum captained New Zealand in absense of Ross Taylor.