Martin Guptill made a spectacular return to form, hitting eight sixes in a 50-ball innings of 97 which lifted New Zealand to a thrilling win over Australia by four runs in the second Twenty20 cricket international.
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Guptill led New Zealand to 219 for 7 as it batted first after losing the toss on Thursday and Australia seemed out of the match when it slumped to 113 for 6 after 13 overs. But Marcus Stoinis made 78 from 37 balls and shared a partnership of 92 in 6.1 overs with Daniel Sams, who scored 41 from 15 balls, to get Australia within a shot of an incredible victory.
Australia went into the last over in a strong position, needing 15 runs with four wickets in hand.
New Zealand turned to Jimmy Neesham, who hadn’t bowled in the match, and it proved an inspired decision; he removed Sams with the first ball of the over, tipping the…