Australia have made a comeback in the series and chased a big total of 281 with 21 balls to spare as they levelled the series 1-1 against New Zealand in Wellington, as Usman Khawaja made a great entry in One-Day International (ODI) Cricket with a fifty.
Seeking their first series win against Australia since 2007, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Brendon McCullum hit 3 sixes and 2 fours to reach 28 off just 12 balls before he was bowled by Scott Boland. But after his dismissal Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill batted cautiously.
In the 16th over Guptill was sent back by Adam Zampa as he scored 31 off 45 balls and then bowling change worked as Henry Nicholls was dismissed by Mitchell Marah just two overs later. Kane Williamson kept going, went on to score a half-century and scored 60.
It looked like New Zealand would hardly score above 250 as they were 205/7 in 40 overs but Mitchell Santner scored 45 off 39 balls and Adam Milne scored 36 off 27 to help New Zealand scored 281/9 in 50 overs. Josh Hazlewood took 3 wickets by giving 61 runs in 10 overs.
Australian openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja gave their side a great start as they added 122 for first wicket. Khawaja scored 50 off 49 balls but then Steven Smith, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell were dismissed in single digit scores so Australia were 144/4 only 6 overs later.
Mitchell Marsh came and played a great knock as he partnered Warner, who got out only two runs short of his century. But even after his dismissal John Hastings came and had 86 runs partnership to take Australia over the line. Marsh 69 and Hastings scored 48 as both remained not out.