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New Zealand stun Australia to seal the ODI series 2-1

Talal Dar - 08-02-2016 - View: 257

The Kiwi side gave perfect farewell to their captain Brendon McCullum by winning

New Zealand stun Australia to seal the ODI series 2-1

The New Zealand team gave given perfect farewell to their captain Brendon McCullum by winning the One-Day International (ODI) series 2-1 against Australia as they successfully defended 246 runs target by restricting the Australian side to just 191 runs in Hamilton.

New Zealand had won the first game by a big margin and Australia won the second so the series was forced into a decider. Australian captain Steven Smith won the toss and elected to field first and he accepted the challenge of facing in-form New Zealand openers first.

Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill got off to a great start once again as McCullum scored 47 runs off just 27 balls in his last innings with 3 sixes and 6 fours. The partnership was 84 off just 57 balls but then Williamson came and they batted lot more steadily.

Guptill and Williamson departed in back to back overs after scoring 59 and 18 respectively. Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson scored 50 and 27 as New Zealand were 223/4 in 40 overs and it looked like they would score around 300 but they lost next 6 wickets for 23 runs and were bowled out for 246 in 45.3 overs. Mitchell Marsh took 3 wickets for Australia whereas Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland and John Hastings took 2 wickets each.

Australian openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja also got off to a flying start as they scored 39 in 5 overs but then they lost Warner who scored 16. Khawaja also played aggressive and got out after scoring 44 off 36 balls. After him some of the batsmen got starts but could not score a fifty.

Mitchell Marsh scored 41, George Bailey scored 33 and Steven Smith scored 21 as Australians were bowled out for 191 in 43.4 overs. Matt Henry took 3 whereas Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson took 2 wickets each for New Zealand. At the end all players gave guard of honour to Brendon McCullum who finished the ODI career with a win.

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