A record-breaking batting display from Martin Guptill earned New Zealand a crushing victory over England by 86 runs at the Ageas Bowl as the tourists wrapped up the ODI series with a game to spare.
The Black Cap’s opening batsmen followed up his match-winning ton on Friday by hitting 189 not out off 155 balls, the highest score by a New Zealander in an ODI and equalling Viv Richard’s 189 making it also the highest individual effort versus England.
His knock anchored a daunting score of 359-3 and England never looked like chasing it down, eventually bowled out for 273.
James Anderson made an early breakthrough, bowling out Luke Ronchi with a swinging beauty, Guptill was then dropped by Jonathon Trott on 13.
Kane Williamson (55) gave plenty of support to Guptill as the pair put on 120 for the second wicket before he under-edged Graeme Swann onto his own stumps and then Ross Taylor played a superb innings as the scoring rate soon picked up pace.
The third wicket stand was worth 109 runs inside 17 overs, from the 22nd over New Zealand really launched at the English bowlers Guptill smashing a monstrous hit off Chris Woakes over deep midwicket.
Taylor hit three fours and two huge sixes in his innings of 60 from 54 balls, after smashing Tim Bresnan for a maximum he was removed by James Anderson (2-65) when attempting his second successive six when Woakes held a catch in the deep.
Skipper Brendon McCullum joined Guptill in the middle with the score on 241-3 (41.4 overs), after passing 100 Guptill hit Swann for a straight six as a result beating his previous best of 122. In the last eight overs, the fourth wicket stand was worth 115 runs.
Jade Dernbach’s 10 over spell went for 87 making it the fourth most expensive figures by an England bowler in an ODI, McCullum (40 runs from 19 balls) hit two meaty blows off Anderson and Bresnan in his impressive knock.
In his final 44 balls Guptill amassed 89 runs and six of his last seven deliveries went for four, an unforgettable knock from Guptill included 19 fours and two sixes as a result giving New Zealand an immense total of 359.
England’s reply started well, as Alaistair Cook picked up five crisp boundaries in an opening stand worth 50 runs in 7.2 overs with Ian Bell before Kyle Mills ripped out his middle stump.
Bell then slogged Doug Bracewell straight to James Franklin, while Joe Root got in and then got out when attempting a loft off Nathan McCullum leaving England 122-3 in the 22nd over.
It was only Trott who really did anything to steady the ship scoring an unbeaten 100 most notably straight-driving Franklin for his third ODI six, after Eoin Morgan and Jos Butler’s dismissals Woakes put on 34 with him on the sixth wicket taking England to 212.
The final five wickets fell for 61 runs as England were bowled out for 273 inside 44 overs, with Trott proving he is still suited for the one-day game scoring 109 from just 104 balls but the day belonged entirely to Guptill and New Zealand.
This emphatic victory sealed the series for New Zealand at 2-0 with only the final game to come on Wednesday at Trent Bridge.