The Kiwis started as the favourites
New Zealand went on this series full of confidence against a timid Australian side. Who have been in arguably one of their worst runs. They have lost back to back series. Conversely the black caps had a fantastic series win against a very good looking Pakistan side.
Australia won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. They went off to bizarre start losing the dangerous Aaron Finch for a golden duck. Then soon followed his opening partner, David warner who was clean bowled by Ferguson. This had disrupted their progress.
Captain smith steadies the ship
Then came the captain to the rescue, steading the ship. He was fortunate to survive a blatant LBW. However, he cashed in and capitalised in this luck. He reached his half century at 70 balls. At this point they had lost 5 wickets. Then came in a brilliant partnership with Travis head, who also received a lifeline from a dropped catch. He too maximised in his opportunity and made 50 before he made a soft dismissal. Despite loosing wickets at regular intervals, Smith continued in his merry way and brought up his 7th ODI hundred in his home ground. They ended their innings at an impressive score of 324.
Martin Guptill scores a brilliant century in their fightback
Facing a big target like that, it was essential for New Zealand to get a fiery start. Despite Martin Guptill’s blitz, they still kept losing losing wickets regularly. This disrupted their flow of runs. However this didn’t stop the kiwi opener smoking sixes for fun. He brought up his 100 with a supreme shot at mid on. At this point the game looked balanced and the black caps looked promising.
Then came in the knockout blow, Zampa came up with a wicket, which was caught by Maxwell. This was a big blow as he was their last hope. After that, the wickets dropped like flies and catastrophic collapse. Australia sealed the victory and won by 58 runs.