After stopping Australia for 195 runs, New Zealand began to dream of leveling the series. At the break of the innings, Kiwi fast bowler Matt Henry was also saying that they are dreaming of chasing the target and winning. But after a while what horrors are waiting for themselves, the bowler who did not know!
Far from leveling the series, New Zealand were in danger of collapsing to their lowest total in ODIs with the loss of 8 wickets for 57 runs. In 1986, the Kiwis were bowled out for a minimum of 64 runs against Pakistan in Sharjah.
The late batsmen avoided that embarrassment but could not avoid losing by a large margin. New Zealand were all out for 82 runs. This is New Zealand’s 6th lowest innings in ODIs. Australia won the match and the series by 113 runs.
Although the target was not too big, New Zealand had no chance to get overconfident because of their first ODI experience in Cairns. Mitchell Starc returned the experience of the previous match in the first over. The fast bowler pushed Martin Guptill (2) back. Sean Abbott didn’t let Devon Conway (5) get too far either.
Jumper vortices are also associated with the Stark-Abbott motion. New Zealand, who were panting in front of Australia’s bowlers, lost 5 wickets for 38 runs. The guests could not turn around from there. Their innings ended in 82 runs. Zampa took 5 wickets in bowling for Australia, Starc and Abbott took 2 wickets each. Zampa took 5 wickets for the first time in his ODI career.
Earlier, after winning the toss and going to bat, Australia was under pressure from the Kiwi fast bowlers from the start. The batting of the hosts was bringing back the memories of the first ODI.
Within the fourth over, two openers, David Warner (5) and Aaron Finch (0) were shown the way by Matt Henry, Australia’s runs were then 7. Marnus Labuchen (5) and Marcus Stoinis (0) were then sent back to 26 by Trent Boult. While Steven Smith held one end, the rest of the team had tickets to the other end. The hero of the previous match, Alex Carey (12), returned after being stumped by Mitchell Santner. Glenn Maxwell returns for 25 runs. He became Bolt’s third victim. Australia lost 6 wickets for 103 runs.
Cameron Green, who won the team in the face of disaster in the first ODI, was out of the team that day due to injury. Abbott too could not do anything special when given the opportunity in his place (7). By the time Abbott returned, Australia were reeling with the loss of 7 wickets for 111 runs.
Smith, who was struggling at one end, was also cut with a personal 61 runs. Australia’s run was 117 then.
Starc with Adam Zampa was trying to increase the collection of runs as much as possible. However, when Zampa returned to the team’s 148 runs, Australia’s hopes of a challenging collection also faded. However, the inseparable pair of Starc-Hazlewood did not give up on the 10th wicket. Starc remained unbeaten on 38 runs, Hazlewood scored 23 runs off 16 balls. They added 47 runs off 36 balls in the last wicket to take the team to 195 runs. New Zealand’s Bolt took 4 wickets with 38 runs, Henry took 3 wickets with 33 runs.