McClenaghan: We are lucky to watch Guptill


New Zealand bowler Mitchell McClenaghan said he and his teammates could not help but admire the feats of Martin Guptill after the batsman's tremendous 17-ball half century against Sri Lanka.

Guptill's 93 not out off 30 balls made short work of Sri Lanka's bowling attack after the tourists were bowled for just 117 runs, sealing a 10-wicket win for the home side to take a 2-0 lead in the five-game series.

Guptill set a New Zealand ODI record as he became the quickest to a half century, besting Brendan McCullum's 50 off 18 balls against England in February.

"It just makes us think how lucky we have been in the last year or two with what we've been able to witness in the last 12 months," McClenaghan told Radio Sport after the win.

"Most of the time we're lucky to get through a net session without being cleaned up, so we bear the brunt of it in training.

"But I'm really proud of Guptill ... I think we've seen a massive change in him since the World Cup.

"He was struggling to find his feet [before that] and what we're seeing from this guy, the way he is seeing the ball, hitting the ball and getting into strong positions.

"He's always got a smile on his face, he's really happy and in a positive frame of mind, so kudos to those around him for getting him to this point and I'm just stoked to see him ride this wave."

Guptill's job was made relatively easy by the work of McClenaghan and his fellow bowlers who rolled the Sri Lankans in just under 28 overs.

McClenaghan (3-32) and Matt Henry (4-33) did the majority of the damage.

"We just prepared ourselves for a tough slog today and we had Henry and Doug [Bracewell] who were outstanding up top," McClenaghan said.

"It was good to get the ball in the first 10 overs and it's nice to be out here playing for my country and contributing on a consistent basis.

"New Zealand is in a very good position seamer wise. There are three or four guys around the country that could come in and debut and do well."