New Zealand is hosting Australia in the first ODI of the Chappell-Hadlee series at the Eden Park in Auckland. Australia won the toss and elected to field first.
New Zealand finished the first innings with 307 for 8 on board after 50 overs. New Zealand had a strong first half scoring 182 runs in 25 overs which is “most by a team batting first vs Aus in ODIs since 2002”, as per the ESPN sources. SL had scored 159 at SCG in 2002-03.
Martin Guptill and Skipper Brendon McCullum started the proceedings at Eden Park. Guptill etched a blistering knock of 90 in 76 balls on the score board before he was run out by Maxwell. He just fell 10-runs short of a century as his inning was studded with 8-fours and 5-sixes.
Skipper McCullum too pitched in with a quick 29-ball 44. At one moment the Blackcaps were going at a rapid pace. They lost some quick wickets in the middle overs which brought back Australia into the game. Henry Nicholls steadied the ship with his knock of 61 and then some late hitting by Mitchell Santner gave New Zealand the perfect finish.
Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh picked two wickets each. John Hastings was the most economical with 39 runs in his 10-over spell.
New Zealand might have missed 15-20 runs in the process of losing some quick wickets. Still New Zealand have the edge. Australia need a strong start from Shaun Marsh and David Warner.
New Zealand playing 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 playing XI: Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Steven Smith (capt.), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, John Hastings, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
Date: Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Time: 2 PM Local Time, 1 AM GMT
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Live Stream: Star Sports