New Zealand opener Martin Guptill playing for Worcestershire scored joint-fourth fastest T20 century during a T20 match in England. The right-handed batsman smashed hundred off just 35 balls against Northamptonshire during a Vitality Blast T20 2018 match. Guptill now equalled Namibia’s Louis van der Westhuizen, South Africa's David Miller and India's Rohit Sharma’s record of 35-ball hundred. Chris Gayle continues to hold the record for fastest century in a T20 match, thanks to his 30-ball hundred scored during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013.
Guptill, while opening the innings, scored 102 off just 38 balls. His innings comprised of 12 fours and seven sixes. The Kiwi opener spent 40 minutes in the middle and ended with a strike-rate of 268.42. He was dismissed in the 11th over of Worcestershire innings. This was Guptill’s fourth domestic T20 hundred. At the international level, the 30-year-old has two centuries against his name. You can watch video highlights of Martin Guptill's century here.
Guptill along with Joe Clarke added 162 for the opening wicket as Worcestershire were chasing a target of 188 runs. Guptill was the Lon wicket Worcestershire lost as they completed the chase in just 13.1 overs. Clarke carried his bat through and scored 61 off 33 balls. Australia’s Travis Head remained unbeaten on 20 off just nine balls as Worcestershire crossed the line.
Opting to bat first, Northamptonshire managed to score 187 for 9 with former South African batsman Richard Levi emerging as top scorer with 39 runs.
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