AUS vs NZ 1st ODI: Australia ride on Green energy to pip New Zealand
AUS vs NZ 1st ODI: In the tight first one-day international match between Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday in Cairns, Cameron Green overcame cramping to score a career-high 89 runs without being out. This helped Australia secure a two-wicket victory.
Australia, which was chasing 233 to win, had slipped to 44-5 before Green and Alex Carey, who made 85 runs together, revived their chase with a 158-run stand.
Australia won the low-scoring match with five overs remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy thanks to the all-10 rounder’s fours and a six.
After home captain Aaron Finch made the decision to field. Glenn Maxwell earlier scored 4-52 to reduce New Zealand to 232-9.
In the sixth over, Maxwell sent Martin Guptill back with a sensational one-handed grab at backward point before wrecking havoc with the ball.
Wow, that was some contest!
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At 179-3 after 41 overs, New Zealand were prepared for a late onslaught. Devon Conway (46), skipper Kane Williamson (45), and Tom Latham (43) all fell short of reaching their fifty runs.
To keep New Zealand under 250, Maxwell, who had just dismissed Williamson as the batsman was letting wild, returned Daryl Mitchell (26) and Latham in the same over, and Josh Hazlewood claimed three wickets in the middle order.
Australia got off to a bad start when the top half of their batting order was destroyed in just 12 overs.
As a result of Trent Boult’s (4-40) lbw catch of Aaron Finch for five runs. Australia’s opener’s run drought continues to be a serious problem.
Before Matt Henry came up with a double strike, which featured the wicket of David Warner. Boult went on to remove Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in his subsequent overs (20).
With their strong batting, Green and Carey brought the hosts back into the match, but more drama was ahead.
When Carey pushed Lockie Ferguson to mid-on, the 99-ball blitz came to a stop, leaving Australia needing 31 runs from 65 balls and four wickets in hand.
As Green’s innings came to a close, he observed walking after experiencing cramps. Maxwell and Mitchell Starc also lost their wickets in subsequent overs.
After a brief rain delay, Green and Adam Zampa—who had hit 13 unbeaten—returned. And when Ferguson, bowling the 46th over, sent down a wide delivery, Australia won.
The second match is scheduled on Thursday.