Taylor advice helped Caps
December 24, 2012 10:03:47 UK
Former captain Ross Taylor might have opted out of the tour of South Africa, but he still played a big part in New Zealand's win in the second Twenty20 international in East London.
The axed skipper passed on encouragement to Martin Guptill, whose stunning century secured the eight-wicket win. Guptill hit a four off the last ball of the match to secure his first T20 international century and get the Black Caps to their required total of 169.
It was a refreshing return to form after the eight-wicket loss in Durban, and takes the three-match series into a decider in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
Guptill hit an unbeaten 101 off just 69 balls with nine fours and six sixes.
"I hadn't been feeling great in the nets before this innings but I was talking to a couple of people back home ... my girlfriend and Ross Taylor," Guptill said.
"He told me to relax and take it one ball at the time and I just did that and got through to the end."
He told me to relax and take it one ball at the time and I just did that and got through to the end.Martin Guptill
Guptill had missed the first T20 game through illness, but stood up well to his hour and a half at the crease. He said: "I felt a whole lot better than I did two days ago.
"I rested up for the first game and had a bit of a rest day yesterday and came through training pretty well today, so I was able to play."
Guptill said the side would relish the challenge in the deciding T20.
"It's a must-win game in Port Elizabeth for both sides so it's going to be an even contest," he said. "It's going to take one person or a couple of people to take the game away from the other team and hopefully that's going to be us again.
"It's the same situation (against South Africa) last summer back home. It was one-all leading into the third match, so it will make for a great finale."
Australia are 1.61 to win the second Test, with Sri Lanka priced at 6.00. Michael Clarke is 3.60 to be Australia's top first innings batsman.
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