1 Mar 2017

Guptill keeps series alive for Black Caps

10:05 pm on 1 March 2017

A record breaking century by Martin Guptill has guided New Zealand to a seven wicket win over South Africa in the one day cricket international in Hamilton, levelling the five match series at two all.

Set 280 to win, Guptill guided the Black Caps home scoring 180 not out - the highest score by a New Zealander against South Africa, surpassing the previous highest of 145 by Kane Williamson.

Guptill's century is his 12th for New Zealand and comes after spending a month out of the game with a hamstring injury and not having played against South Africa in any of their other tour matches.

Martin Guptill celebrates his 12th ODI century.

Martin Guptill celebrates his 12th ODI century. Photo: Photosport

Guptill said he was at a loss to explain his form given he hasn't played for several weeks.

"No idea..(just) one of those innings where it all went to plan and that partnership with Roscoe set it up really nicely," he said.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson described Guptill's innings as "out of this world."

"Guppy was unbelievable. Possibly the best knock I have ever seen and on a wicket that wasn't that easy."

Guptill and Ross Taylor, who made 66, also set a record for the highest New Zealand one day partnership against South Africa of 180.

Guptill now holds the three highest scores by a New Zealand batsman in one day cricket - having made 237 not out against the West Indies at the World Cup in 2015, 189 not out against England in 2013 and now 180 not out against South Africa.

The fifth and deciding match in the series is in Auckland on Saturday.

Look back on the match here: