Australia made a winning start to the ODI series against New Zealand, beating the latter by 2 wickets on Tuesday in what turned out to be a low-scoring thriller. New Zealand couldn’t find someone who could produce big innings with the bat.
The likes of Devon Conway (46 off 68), Williamson (45 off 71), and Latham (43 off 57) all came up with notable contributions but none of them could score a big inning with the bat.
The rest of the batters failed to hit the straps. Guptill got out early after contributing only 6 runs in 19 balls, while Bracewell managed 7 off 8 balls. As a result, New Zealand was restricted to 232 runs in 50 overs at the end of the first innings.
As for Australia’s bowling, Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed 4 wickets for 52 runs in 10 overs, while Hazlewood managed to claim 3 for 31 in 10 overs.
In reply, Australia made the worst possible start, thanks to an outstanding bowling spell from New Zealand fast bowlers. Boult had Finch (5) in the third over before accounting for the wickets of Steve Smith (1) and Labuschagne (0). David Warner departed in the 8th over, while Stoinis got out for just 5 runs to leave Australia tottering at 44 for 5.
New Zealand had the upper hand and looked to bundle Australia out as quickly as possible. However, what followed was a match-winning partnership between Alex Carey (85) and Cameron Green (89).
The former got out in the 40th over but Green stayed till the end and helped Australia chase down the score in 45 runs.