HAMILTON - Martin Guptill roared back from injury with a record-breaking 180 as New Zealand thrashed South Africa by seven wickets to level the one-day international series in Hamilton on Wednesday.
Guptill's score was the highest by a New Zealander in an ODI chase and allowed the Black Caps to overhaul the 280 target set by South Africa with five overs to spare.
The result avenges the New Zealanders' 159-run loss in the previous match and levels the five-match series 2-2, setting up a decider in Auckland on Saturday.
It was a stunning return for Guptill, who showed no ill effects from being sidelined for five weeks with hamstring problems.
He posted the highest-ever ODI score by a New Zealander against the Proteas and his 180-run partnership with Ross Taylor (66) was also a new benchmark against South Africa.
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