AUS vs NZ 2nd ODI: Adam Zampa spins Australia to big win and series victory over New Zealand
AUS vs NZ 2nd ODI: In a low-scoring second game in Cairns, Australia leg spinner Adam Zampa pulled up his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals to help the hosts upset New Zealand by 113 runs and win the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy with one game remaining.
With only 196 to defend, the Australian attack held the New Zealand batsmen on a short leash with excellent line and length in bowling-friendly conditions, eventually skipping them out for just 82 in 33 overs.
The early damage to New Zealand was caused by seamer Sean Abbott, who came into the team when all-rounder Cameron Green was ruled out owing to the cramping he received during his match-winning effort in the first ODI.
After Martin Guptill removed by Mitchell Starc in the first over of the innings, Abbott returned Devon Conway and Tom Latham in his first over and allowed only one run to pass during his five-over span.
With New Zealand down to 14-3, their hopes primarily rested on skipper Kane Williamson, but he dismissed cheaply after caught leg before wicket off a full throw from Zampa.
Mitch Starc: “That’s probably as clinical as I’ve seen our group with the ball for a long time.”
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 8, 2022
The leg spinner then ran through the New Zealand middle order & tailenders to finish with figures of 5-35.
When Williamson won the toss and decided to field in the crucial encounter. After Australia’s two-wicket loss in the first ODI, Trent Boult and Matt Henry combined for seven wickets.
Boult, who amassed 4-38, and Henry reduced Australia’s top and middle order to 54-5, causing their batting to collapse once more.
Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia, extended his awful streak of batting performance b. By out without a run on the second delivery he faced. The first hitter has now amassed 26 runs in his previous seven innings, all in one-day internationals. During which he has helped the team to five victories and two defeats.
The only known hitter to offer some resistance was Steve Smith. He scored 61 before the Australian tailenders launched a fierce rearguard attack.
Australia, who had reduced to 117-8 at one point, supported by Starc, who scored an unbeaten 38. Also Zampa, and Josh Hazlewood by adding 78 for the last two wickets.
The third and final ODI will be played at the same venue on Sunday.