Martin Guptill carried his bat for 117 as New Zealand eased to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first of three one-day internationals.
Bangladesh was bowled out for 232 in 48.5 overs after batting first on winning the toss. New Zealand surpassed that total at 233-2 with 33 balls to spare.
Guptill locked in his place in the New Zealand squad for the World Cup in England later this year with a confident, match-winning century from 116 balls which included eight boundaries and four sixes. While his selection might have been automatic in the past, Guptill was under pressure after a recent run of low scores.
He made 138 in his first ODI innings of the season against Sri Lanka, returning to the New Zealand team after a long injury break. But he didn’t score more than 15 in his next seven one-day matches against Sri Lanka and India and also lost the chance to press his World Cup selection claims when he missed New Zealand’s T20 series against India with a back injury.
He demonstrated an ability to anchor an innings, in which he hit a six from the penultimate ball of the match to tie the scores.
Guptill was interviewed by none other than his better during the post-match presentation ceremony.
He praised his teammates for the way they played in the first ODI against Bangladesh.
“It feels nice but I think the most pleasing thing was the way the guys really restricted Bangladesh up front with the ball,” Guptill said. “We made them tough to get away and losing four wickets in the top 10 is hard to come back from,” said Guptill while speaking to his wife.
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