Drama unfolds as Australia vs New Zealand ODI takes off in Auckland’s Eden Park today. Australian captain, Steve Smith has won the toss and sent the Kiwis to bat first. Both Australia and New Zealand are fresh out of their tournaments against India and Pakistan respectively. So this tournament is acting as a warm-up for the upcoming trans-Tasman Test Series. It can also be warm-ups for both teams before they fly off to India for the Twenty20 World Cup. Whatever it is, these friendly-rivals have already started to entertain their vast spectators.
It all kicked off in the first over. In the first 5 balls, Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill successfully jolted 26 runs partnership. Next, Auckland saw a massive six from Guptill. It was so huge that the ball flew onto the rooftop of Eden Park. One of the biggest sixes of all times, the distance covered was estimated something around 113m to 116m! As Guptill was close to his century, Maxwell brilliantly run-out the flying batsman. When on 90, Guptill asked Henry Nicholls for a single. By the time Nicholls sent back his partner, it was too late. Maxwell threw a direct hit on the stumps at the non-striker’s end, ending the opener’s brilliant innings.
Captain Brendon McCullum, who bade his farewell to Auckland, cracked a 44 from 29 balls. He yet again, fell to a yorker.
Meanwhile, Kiwi star batsman, Kane Williamson, failed to add a run to the scoreboard. He left 10 balls after the Kiwi skipper’s innings.
On the other hand, Australian selection board has come under question as to why they have omitted the in-form batsman Usman Khawaja. Former Australian opener, Michael Slater, has expressed his disappointment over the decision.
“It’s a joke, it’s a joke and the pressure that should be mounting on Rod Marsh,” Slater said of Rod Marsh, Australia’s head of chief selector.
Despite a good start, the Kiwis somehow fell in the middle. However, they seem to recover well now. As of current status, Kiwis have scored 279/7 in 46.5 overs.