Australia was comprehensively beaten by a rampant New Zealand today in the first of three one day internationals, of the bi-lateral Chappel-Hadlee series. New Zealand now leads the series 1-0 after winning by a convincing 159 runs.
Australia and New Zealand met in the final of the ICC cricket world cup in March 2015, and this was their first clash since then. Martin Guptill was the star of the show with five maximums in a knock of 90 off 76 deliveries.
Guptill’s five maximums made up close to half of the team total of 13, as New Zealand set the Australians 307 for the loss of eight wickets in Auckland.
In reply, Australia was at one point 41/6 in fewer than 10 overs and they were eventually bowled out for 148. This was the fifth straight time Australia has lost a limited overs match, after losing the fifth of the five one day international series against India, followed by a comprehensive 3-0 T20 series loss, again to the Indians. Darren Lehmann, the Australian coach, is not available for the series after suffering from thrombosis.
Eden Park had come to witness the farewell appearance at the ground for Captain Brendon McCullum who is retiring soon. The first two overs though, did not go according to script as New Zealand only scored a single run in 12 balls. McCullum then broke the shackles with a 20 run burst from four Josh Hazlewood deliveries.
Captain Brendon McCullum eventually got out after making 44. Martin Guptill, on the other end of the crease, went about his business, getting to a half century off 47 deliveries. His 50 came up with a maximum and a boundary in consecutive balls. He fell short of his 11th One Day International hundred after being run out by a direct throw by Glen Maxwell in over number 25.
Matt Henry and Trent Boult shared six wickets to stifle Australia’s reply. Henry, who did not make the World Twenty20 squad, snared 3 wickets for 20 runs. He bowled Australia captain Steve Smith for 18 of the inside edge for one of his wickets.
His partner in crime, Trent Boult in turn took 3 wickets for 21 runs in his first five overs. In one of the overs, Boult removed the dangerous pair of Glen Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh. David Warner, given LBW, also fell to Trent Boult for 12 runs. Australia did not review the decision, but hawk-eye showed that the ball was missing the stumps.
Wellington will host the next match of the Chappel-Hadlee series this Saturday.