After defeating Pakistan at home in the bygone ODI series, Australia travelled to New Zealand for a 3-match ODI series. A new-look Australia took on a full strength New Zealand side to dish out a close encounter at Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand finally managed to win the game by a margin of just 6 runs but not before Marcus Stoinis gave them a scare. Kiwis lead the Chappell-Hadlee 2016-17 series 1-0.
Cricketsoccer lists out the chief talking points from the contest.
Contribution from Kiwi top order: Martin Guptill (61), Neil Broom (73) and James Neesham (48) chipped in with important runs to help the Kiwis finish strongly on 286. The middle order of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor also contributed with a total of 60 runs together.
Stoinis picks up 3 for 49: As the Kiwi innings was motoring along, Marcus Stoinis managed to put the break in the scoring rate picking up 3 crucial wickets. He picked up the wickets of Guptill, Williamson and Munro when the other bowlers went for runs.
Australian top order collapses: Chasing 287 for victory, the Australian top order collapsed earlier. Big names like Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell fell cheaply and Australia were 5 for 54 in no time.
The Marcus Stoinis Show: Playing only his second ODI for Australia, Stoinis played a remarkable innings at Auckland. Stoinis scored an unbeaten 146 from just 117 balls to bring Australia just 6 runs shy from an incredible victory. Kane Williamson running Josh Hazelwood out wasted Stoinis’ efforts. Stoinis certainly gave the Kiwis a run for their and played one of the best innings ever in the history of ODI cricket for a losing cause.
Stoinis’s unique record: Marcus Stoinis became the first Australian cricketer to take 3 wickets and 100 runs in the same match. Also, his was the highest score by an Australian batting at number 7.