New Zealand combative opener Martin Guptill became the eighth fastest to score 6000 runs in the One Day International format. The right-hander reached the milestone in 157 innings. Thus, Guptill was able to better the previous record of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.
Dhoni had reached 6000 ODI runs in 166 innings whereas Rohit Sharma had got there in 162 innings. Meanwhile, Hashim Amla is the quickest to reach the landmark of 6000 runs as the talisman right-hander had taken 123 innings. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the second fastest to get to 6000 runs as the linchpin scored his runs in 136 innings.
Vivian Richards had taken 141 innings for 6000 ODI runs. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor, Stephen Flemming, Nathan Astle and Brendon McCullum are the other Kiwi batsman to reach the milestone. Thus, Martin Guptill became the fifth Black Caps batsman to get to the landmark.
Meanwhile, Martin Guptill scored his 14th ODI hundred. He scored a fine knock of 138 runs off just 139 balls as he smacked Sri Lankan bowlers all over the ground. The pugnacious right-hander scored 11 fours and five sixes in his hundred.
On the other hand, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored 76 and 54 runs respectively. In fact, James Neesham provided the finishing innings as the hosts scored 371 runs.
The southpaw batsman batted at the top of his game and smashed five sixes in an over against Thisara Perera. Neesham was able to get 34 runs in the over against Perera. The left-hander scored 47 runs from 13 balls and scored six sixes in his blistering knock.
Sri Lanka has also got off to a good start as their openers have added 40 runs for the first wicket.