Jonathan Trott had not imagined that a dropped catch would prove so costly. Martin Guptill’s was batting at 13 when he was dropped; he left the ground on 189 not out with mixed emotions of joy and sorrow.

[caption id="attachment_1272" align="alignright" width="227"]With his 189, Martin Guptill equalled the record of Vivian Richards’ biggest inning played in England (Photo: Getty Images) With his 189, Martin Guptill equalled the record of Vivian Richards’ biggest innings played in England (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

In the second ODI at Southampton, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill stunned the hosts, England and the spectators, by his jaw-droppingly batting performance. Guptill, who led his side to victory in the first one-dayer with a ton, did not forgive English bowlers in the second match as well and played the biggest innings by any Kiwi batsman ever. He also levelled Vivian Richards’ record of the biggest innings played in England. Before Guptill, Lou Vincent held the record of making most runs in an ODI for New Zealand. Vincent set the record by scoring 172 runs against Zimbabwe in 2005. In 1984, Viv Richards made 189 runs against England in Old Trafford, Manchester. After almost 30 years, Guptill equalled the great batsman’s record.

Guptill faced just 155 balls on his way to 189, which included two sixes and 19 fours. The number of fours by Guptill in an innings are the second most by any New Zealand batsman after Nathan Astle and Stephen Fleming, who scored 21 fours in an innings.

It was because of Guptill's three outstanding partnerships with the fellow batsmen that the score unexpectedly reached 359. Having made a 120-run partnership with Kane Williamson in the second wicket, Guptill added another 109 runs with Ross Taylor in the third wicket. As if it was not enough, Guptill, along with Brendon McCullum, posted 118 off 50 in the fourth wicket which proved another nail in England’s coffin.

When Guptill and McCullum were wreaking havoc on England bowling line-up in the last overs, Trott must be cursing himself under his breath whose momentary mistake turned out to be such a disaster for the hosts.

India’s Virender Sehwag holds the record of playing the biggest ODI innings which he made in 2011 against West Indies, scoring 219 runs.

Now Guptill must be eyeing another record – three consecutive ODI centuries. This rare record has been held by Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Zaheer Abbas, and South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers. Guptill can earn a place in the list if he succeeds in making another hundred on June 5 in Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Biggest ODI innings

Virender Sehwagبھارت219149257ویسٹ انڈیزIndoreDecember 8, 2011
Sachin Tendulkarبھارت200*147253جنوبی افریقہGwaliorFebruary 24, 2010
Charles Coventryزمبابوے194*156167بنگلہ دیشBulawayoAugust 16, 2009
Saeed Anwarپاکستان194146225بھارتChennaiMay 21, 1997
Vivian Richardsویسٹ انڈیز189*170215انگلستانManchesterMay 31, 1984
Martin Guptillنیوزی لینڈ189*155192انگلستانSouthamptonJune 2, 2013
Sanath Jayasuriyaسری لنکا189161214بھارتSharjahOctober 29, 2000
Gary Kirstenجنوبی افریقہ188*159134متحدہ عرب اماراتRawalpindiFebruary 16, 1996
Sachin Tendulkarبھارت186*150203نیوزی لینڈHyderabad (India)November 8, 1999
Shane Watsonآسٹریلیا185*961515بنگلہ دیشDhakaApril 11, 2011
MS Dhoniبھارت183*1451510سری لنکاJaipurOctober 31, 2005
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