New Zealand regained the Chappell- Hadlee trophy by winning the third and final ODI at Hamilton by 24 runs. It was an evenly matched contest with the fortune of the game swinging both ways during the course of play.
Cricketsoccer lists down the talking points from the match:
Dean Brownlie’s good return: Brownlie was playing his first ODI since 2014. He made it a memorable one by chipping in with important rus for his team in a winning cause. He opened the innings and scored 63 valuable runs to provide the much needed tempo to the innings. He certainly impressed on his return.
Ross Taylor scores 16th ton: In the context of the game, Ross Taylor played a crucial knock scoring 107 off 101 balls, thereby fueling the Kiwi innings to 281 at the end of 50 overs. In the process, he brought up his 16th ODI ton.
Finch not calling for the DRS: Stand in captain Aaron Finch opted out of taking the DRS when Mitchell Starc produced an excellent inswinging yorker that trapped Tom Latham dead in front, but umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge turned the appeal down. Finch opted against a review. It cost Australia little, though: Latham was out in Starc’s next over, without having scored.
Stoinis’s boundary line effort: Marcus Stoinis pulled off almost a brilliant catch at the boundary line in the penultimate over of the Australian innings. Tim Southee smashed the ball high towards the midwicket boundary, where Stoinis leapt high and clutched the ball above his head, then threw it back in just as he landed. Stoinis’ momentum carried him over the boundary and Pat Cummins nearby was unable to complete the catch. After a series of replays, the third umpire decided the back of Stoinis’ foot had touched the boundary while the ball was still in his hand, and it was ruled a six.
Stoinis fails this time round: Coming in at number 6, Marus Stoinis was once again expected to take Australia over the line in the contest. This time around, though he could only muster 42 before he was dismissed. Australia then folded out for 257 losing the match by 24 runs. Contributions from Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc were not good enough to see their team through.
Trent Boult at his very best: Trent Boult was in a red-hot form. His deliveries had pace and extracted enough bounce from the track which set jitters in the Australian batting line-up. Boult bagged six wickets and it was his career best six-wicket haul.