New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The team managed to put 281 for the loss of nice wickets after a much improved bowling performance by the Aussies cut short the hosts’ powerful start.
According to the ESPN Cricinfo, the visitors must win this match to keep the Chappell-Hadlee series alive. Kate Williamson made a smooth 60 off 74 balls. “A late-innings partnership of 61 from 44 balls between Mitchell Santner and Adam Milne that added heft to the innings after the Australians had claimed regular wickets throughout the afternoon,” the website quoted a source as saying.
Australia made three important changes to their side ahead of the second game in Wellington. The in-form Usman Khawaja replaced Shaun Marsh. Scott Boland was recalled to replace the injured Kane Richardson while Adam Zampa made his international debut owing to James Faulkner’s absence from the side.
Allan Border presented the ODI cap to Adam Zampa. He scalped two important wickets of Williamson and Grant Elliott on his debut day.
John Hastings was the most economical of them all. Hazlewood picked up three wickets while Zampa, Mitchell Marsh and Boland picked up two wickets each.
Australia will need to chase down the tricky total with a required run rate of about six runs per over. They need a good start and will depend on Khawaja and Warner to produce the desired platform for the middle order.
Form guide (last five matches)
New Zealand: WWWWL
New Zealand possible XI: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt.), Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Australia possible XI: Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steven Smith (capt.), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand vs Australia, Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, 2016, Game 2
Date: Saturday, 6 February 2016
Time: 2 PM local time, 1 AM GMT
Venue: WestpacTrust Stadium, Wellington
Live Stream: Star Sports