AUS vs NZ ODI 2022: Defiant Australia deceived New Zealand to register a scintillating two-wicket victory in the first of the three-match ODI series. With this, Australia takes a commanding 1-0 lead in the series and will aim to seal the series in the second game.
Winning the toss at the Cazalys Stadium, Australian skipper Aaron Finch took a noteworthy decision to bowl first. Batting first, New Zealand succumbed to a fascinating Australian bowling attack and managed to post only 233/8 in their 50 overs of the first innings.
AUS vs NZ ODI 2022: Williamson-Conway’s 81-run stand stabilized NZ Innings
New Zealand lost a quick wicket in the form of Martin Guptill (6) but opener Devon Conway (46) and skipper Kane Williamson (45) took control and registered a fine partnership of 81 runs for the second wicket.
Aftermath, Tom Latham (43) and Daryl Mitchell (26) kept the momentum going and recorded a 52-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Thereon, wickets continued to tumble for New Zealand at regular intervals as no other batsman played impactful innings. As a result, New Zealand innings were wrapped up for 233 runs in the allotted 50 overs.
For Australia, Glenn Maxwell starred in the bowling attack with a stupendous figure of 4/52. Josh Hazelwood too provided vital support to Maxwell and scaled 3 wickets for 31 runs. Mitchell Starc (1/43) and Adam Zampa (1/38) chipped in a wicket apiece.
Carey-Green’s match-winning 158-run stand did the Job for Australia
Chasing a meager total of 234 runs, Australia’s top-order collapsed to a breathtaking performance by Kiwi’s frontline bowling attack. Finch (5), Smith (1), Labuschagne (0), Stoinis (5), and Warner (20) were outplayed by the heroics of Trent Boult and Matt Henry.
Thereafter, Alex Carey (85) and Cameron Green (89) came to the rescue and played pivotal knocks to register a match-winning partnership of 158-runs for the sixth wicket as Australia powered the chase in 45 overs and won by two wickets.
AUS vs NZ ODI 2022: For New Zealand, Trent Boult was ruthless in his bowling performance and grabbed 4 wickets for 40 runs. Matt Henry (2/50) and Lockie Ferguson (2/60) picked a couple of wickets each but their efforts went in vain as the Australian middle-order anchored the chase. The second ODI between Australia and New Zealand will take place on Thursday at the same venue.