New Zealand turned the first ODI of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy into their side winning the match by 6 runs against Australia. After the hosts pulled out 286 runs out of Aussie bowlers, they successfully removed all batsmen, but Marcus Stoinis, from the visitor's team before the squad could scale up the figures. Stoinis scored an impressive 146 off 161 remaining unbeaten in the inning. The match was on the right tract for Australia as there were enough overs left to make them win. The decisive point of the game was the run out of Josh Hazlewood by Kane Williamson at the last delivery of the 47th over, which exhausted the Aussie batting lineup.
New Zealand started stiff in the match, such that there was no reason to lament on Tom Latham's early wicket in the third over. Martin Guptill was rigid with his wicket, although the batsman was bit slow. New Zealand lost the second wicket in the 14th over, when the score was 87. The next wicket came up after more than eight overs, but the scores did not add up enough runs. Halfway down the inning, New Zealand was hanging on 5 for 134. In the following stretch, the partnership of Neil Broom and James Neesham that brought 76 runs in 12.5 overs salvaged the host. When Neesham was removed in the 38th over, New Zealand reached 210, galloping towards a hefty score. Broom batted until the pre-ultimate over hauling the score to 269. By the final over, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult added another 17 runs to the figure.
Australia's chase was slackened at the beginning. The absence of players like Warner, Smith and Khawaja took the troll. The team plummeted to 6 for 67 wickets in the 19th over with the wicket of Sam Heazlett, the debutant. However, Australia had a strong recovery under Marcus Stoinis. The player also bowled strong in the previous inning. Stoinis took Williamson and Martin Guptill for his three-wicket haul of the match. In the chase, he achieved a record feat of becoming the second highest scorer at Number 7 beating a 146 not out. It was the second ODI appearance of the player.
By the last 20 overs, Australia's chase had a drastic change of momentum. As Stoinis steered the inning the remaining wickets put up their best strikes. The figures 6 for 67 transformed into 9 for 226 by the 43rd over. When the last wicket of Hazlewood was removed, the equation was at 6 runs to win off more than three overs. The match turned out as a thriller with Australia steering the score towards an easy win despite the top line up rumbling down. With such instances at hand, the coming matches are expected to be incredible competitions.
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