Despite Marcus Stoinis’ brilliant effort with the bat, New Zealand defeated Australia by 6 runs in the first One-day international at Eden Park, Auckland yesterday. It was an exciting match with both teams looking to secure the lead in a 3 match series.
Australia won the toss and elected to field. New Zealand got off to a worse start losing an early wicket of Tom Latham at the score of 13. At the end of the first 10 overs, the hosts were 62 for 1. The second partnership between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson put up 74 runs for the second wicket. New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals and were struggling at 134 for 5 in the 26th over. At the end of 30 overs, New Zealand was 167 for 5. James Neesham and Neil Broom rescued the innings putting on 76 runs for the sixth wicket. Neil Broom scored his half century in 56 balls. New Zealand scored 286 for 9 in 50 overs. Marcus Stoinis was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 49.
Chasing 287, Australia lost 3 early wickets of Aaron Finch, Head and Handscomb in the first 7 overs. In the initial overs, Australia was 45 for 3. Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were also dismissed cheaply to leave the visitors at 54 for 5. Australia was struggling at 114 for 6. Marcus Stoinis with James Faulkner put up 81 runs for the 7th wicket. Stoinis showed his class with the bat scoring his half century off 64 balls. With wickets falling at the other end, Stoinis completed his century. With only Hazlewood at the crease, Stoinis played remarkable shots and almost helped Australia register an incredible win from a hopeless situation. Stoinis remained not out at 146.
New Zealand 286 for 9 in 50 overs( Neil Broom 73, MartiGuptillil 61, Stoinis 3/49) beat Australia 280 in 47 overs( Stoinis 146*, Mitchell Santer 3/44) by 6 runs