Commentry

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That completes the formalities of this game. It's been a typical seesaw series so far, two humdingers and then two one-sided games apiece which means that now the decider has been set up nicely. Do join us for that one in Auckland on 4th March 2017. The action starts at 1400 local, 0100 GMT. Until next time, it's goodbye from us.

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MARTIN GUPTILL (MAN OF THE MATCH) is happy at the incredible game he played. Says that the idea was to take the innings deep and stitch partnerships. Praises Ross Taylor for their partnership and states that he himself was timing it decently in the nets which translated on the ground today. Stresses that partnerships were always going to be key on such a surface and expresses happiness at New Zealand having found it. Admits that he is feeling a bit jerky in the hamstring but maintains that he should be fine. Ends by saying that he hopes the Kiwis can finish on a high in the decider.

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KANE WILLIAMSON is delighted with the result. Is short of words to describe Guptill's knock. Continues saying that they were happy with the total at the half way mark and also gives credit to Taylor in putting his hand up and almost taking them over the line. On de Villiers, he says he's one of the best players in the world and going into the next match, they need to do their homework right. On the finals, hopes that his side can adapt to the varying ground conditions. Ends by saying it was nice to have a few guys back in the side and once again lauds Guptill for the way he breathed fire today.

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AB DE VILLIERS feels that they have to analyze as to where things went wrong. Feels that the bowlers struggled to get momentum but credits Martin Guptill for the knock. Adds that the surface was decent and laments the lack of wickets taken which cost South Africa. Doesn't think that the second specialist spinner would have made much of a difference for his side. Admits that the pitch did change a bit in the second half under lights but doesn't want to make any excuses. Hopes that his side can bounce back in the decider.

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Time for the presentation ceremony.

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Nothing much South Africa's bowlers could do as they were all thrashed by Guptill to all parts of the ground. Tahir picked up a couple of wickets but he couldn't create the impact that the Proteas would have wanted him to. Cannot be too critical of the bowling as Guptill was really batting on a different level today. Earlier in the day, de Villiers and du Plessis were the major men in taking SA to a formidable score, or so we thought until Guptill erupted. The series is set up spectacularly for the decider now.

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Dominating win for the Kiwis to draw level in the series 2-2 with a game to play. The target of 280 was expected to be dicey, especially on a slightly two-paced surface. However, a certain Martin Guptill had other ideas as he demolished the Proteas with a blistering unbeaten ton. Arguably his best ODI knock, he gave the visitors no chance and his 180-run stand with Taylor, who stroked a responsible fifty, sealed the deal for New Zealand. Although the latter departed at the doorstep of victory, Guptill didn't as he finished the game with a flurry of big strokes.

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Imran Tahir to Martin Guptill

Yes, he does! But doesn't get it where he intended to, still that will do it for the hosts. A loopy leg spinner around middle, it turns away a bit, Guptill looks to send this one over mid-wicket but ends up getting a leading edge over covers. De Villiers runs back, puts in a dive but the ball falls safely. The batsmen come back for a couple and NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS WITH 30 BALLS TO SPARE! What a performance!

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Imran Tahir to Martin Guptill

SIX! And again! Tahir now tosses it up around middle and off, Guptill clears his front leg and smacks it straight down the ground for back-to-back maximums. His 11th off the innings. Will he go for another?

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Imran Tahir to Martin Guptill

SIX! Nailed it! Guptill has picked the bones out of that one! Tahir sends a googly around middle and leg, Guptill gets down on one knee and murders the slog sweep over mid-wicket for half a dozen. He wants to finish it off soon.

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Imran Tahir to Luke Ronchi

GUPTILL SURVIVES AGAIN! Fuller on middle, worked towards mid-wicket for a quick single. Had to hurry and he wasn't stretching properly. They refer upstairs to check the run out but he is fine, he can do no wrong today it seems.

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Another run out appeal against Guptill. He seem to be struggling to stretch.

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Imran Tahir to Martin Guptill

NOT OUT! Flatter outside off, stays back to pull but mistimes it towards mid off where it just falls short of the fielder. They go for the brisk single as there is a good throw at the bowler's end. They go upstairs to check the run out but Tahir doesn't gather the ball cleanly. That allows Guptill to survive, although it wouldn't matter.

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Run out chance is being taken upstairs. Has Tahir collected the ball though? Let's see.

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Imran Tahir to Martin Guptill

Shortish and outside off, it's punched to sweeper cover for a couple of runs.

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Wayne Parnell to Martin Guptill

That's gone high in the air..... Drops short! It's Martin Guptill's night. Once again there is a change in pace, it's full and around off, Guptill tries flicking but gets a leading edge high in the air towards long off. Faf du Plessis charges in from the deep, puts in a forward dive but it falls in front of him. One run added to the total.

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Wayne Parnell to Martin Guptill

Angles across a full ball, Guptill throws his bat at it and drags it off the inner half to mid on.

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Wayne Parnell to Martin Guptill

Fullish and on middle, Martin covers the line and defends it back to the bowler.

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Wayne Parnell to Martin Guptill

Change in pace by Parnell, on a fuller length around middle, Guptill picks it and defends it off his pads to the leg side.

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Wayne Parnell to Martin Guptill

FOUR! Shot! Fuller length ball angling away from the batsman, Guptill uses his long reach to good advantage and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary. He is just unstoppable tonight!

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