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Guptill, Williamson haul New Zealand level with record stand

Openers put on 171 as host cruises past Pakistan’s 168 for 7 with 14 deliveries to spare in second T20I

Guptill, Williamson haul New Zealand level with record stand - Cricket News
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson walk back after guiding New Zealand to victory.
A world record Twenty20 International partnership between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson gave New Zealand a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the second T20I against Pakistan in Hamilton on Sunday (January 17) and left the three-match series all square at 1-1

Set a target of 169 after Pakistan put up 168 for 7, Williamson and Guptill put on an unbroken 171-run opening stand with 14 balls remaining, making the pursuit look like a walk in the park.

The duo went past the previous mark they'd set together in T20Is for New Zealand -- 137 against Zimbabwe in 2011-12 -- before surpassing the previous best T20I record partnership ever of 170 set by South Africans Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman against England in 2009.

Williamson, dropped on 61, was unbeaten on 72 off only 48 balls with 11 fours, while Guptill finished with a flourish to be 87 not out from 58 balls with nine fours and four sixes. 

Williamson and Guptill both brought up their half-centuries in the 13th over when they took 15 off Mohammad Amir, whose three overs cost 34 runs. While Pakistan desperately tried for a wicket, the one chance it was offered went to ground when Malik dropped a straightforward return catch from Williamson. 

Pakistan got off to a slow start after winning the toss and opting to bat. Halfway through its innings, Pakistan was 60 for 2, while New Zealand passed the same run mark in the seventh over and was 82 after ten overs.

With an eye on the ICC World T20 2016 in India in March, New Zealand got Mitchell Santner, the left-arm spinner, to open the bowling, with Trent Boult and Matt Henry sitting out the match. The switch suited Mohammad Hafeez well, as the batsman took ten runs in the first over with a six and a four. But when Santner was removed from the attack, Corey Anderson and Adam Milne put the brakes on the scoring before Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik took charge. 

The duo lifted Pakistan with a 63-run partnership off 34 balls to get the tourist up to 168 for 7. Akmal was unbeaten on 56 off 27 deliveries while Malik made 39 off 30. Mitchell McClenaghan had the best figures for New Zealand with 2 for 23. 

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