Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, 2020
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
Date & Time: 13 March 2020
RR: 4.56 | Australia beat New Zealand by 71 runs
That's all from this game! Australia start the series with a win and they would look to seal the deal in the next game itself. The Kiwis, on the other hand, would look to pull up their socks and perform better. The second game will be played at the same ground which will start at 1030 local (2330 GMT, Previous day). Join us for that. Until then, cheers!
MAN OF THE MATCH IS MITCHELL MARSH! Says that as a team they were disappointed with the series loss in South Africa and they were pumped up to get a win today. Lauds the efforts of David Warner and Aaron Finch at the top which set up the platform for them.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, terms it a tough pitch and feels that Australia had an above par total on the board. Mentions that Australia's opening partnership provided them the momentum and then they got handy runs towards the end as well. Admits that they need to be a bit better with their lines and also feels that they have to focus on extending the partnerships with the bat. Praises his spinners for doing a good job in the middle overs.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says that it was a crucial toss to win on a dry surface and also adds that they bowled superbly in Powerplay 1 to restrict New Zealand. Feels that their opening partnership was nice and he and Warner had to adjust to the slowness of the wicket.
Earlier in the day, Australia lost their way with the bat after a powerful beginning. They somehow limped their way past the 250-run mark and that turned out to be more than enough in the end. As far as their bowling is concerned, they were very professional in their approach and always maintained a firm grip on the match. The Aussie bowlers not only picked wickets at regular intervals, they also dried out the runs to build extra pressure on the Kiwi batsmen. Overall, Aaron Finch will be thrilled with their performance in the field, although their issues with the middle order batting still remains unfixed. For the visitors, they didn't play badly but their approach with the bat was questionable. The pitch was on the slower side and they should have shown more intensity in Powerplay 1. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Clinical win for Australia and they return to winning ways in ODIs after 5 losses in a row! It was a combination of accurate bowling and overcautious approach by the Black Caps that decided the fate of this match. It was a below-par total that the Kiwis were chasing but they managed just 28 runs in Powerplay 1 and from thereon built unnecessary pressure on themselves. Martin Guptill played an uncharacteristic knock while the other batters in the top order failed to get going. Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme did try to revive the chase with a 51-run partnership but once they got out, New Zealand's fight was over.
Lockie Ferguson is the next batsman in.
Mitchell Santner is the next batsman in.
Adam Zampa is back on. 5-0-29-1 are his figures so far.
Josh Hazlewood is back on. 5-0-14-1 are his figures so far.
Adam Zampa is back on. 4-0-22-1 are his figures so far.
Colin de Grandhomme is hit on the helmet. They are checking for concussion.
Colin de Grandhomme is the next batsman in. Also, Mitchell Starc is back on.
A stunning catch and now Aaron Finch has straightaway introduced Steven Smith into the attack.
James Neesham is the next batsman in.
Pat Cummins is back into the attack. 4-1-8-0 are his figures so far.
Tom Latham is the new batsman in.
Ross Taylor is the next batsman in.
Drinks Break! New Zealand have started the chase on a cautious note where they have lost only one wicket. Williamson and Guptill are rebuilding the innings. On the other hand, Australia have kept it tight and will look to pick wickets to put pressure on the visitors.
Adam Zampa is into the attack.
Mitchell Marsh is on.
Mitchell Starc is back on. 2-0-6-0 are his figures so far.
Powerplay 2 is signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Kane Williamson, the skipper, is the next batsman in.
Pat Cummins is into the attack.
Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.
An appeal for lbw! It is referred upstairs. Martin Guptill is the man in question. There is nothing on Hot Spot and Snicko detects no bat on it. Ball Tracker shows it is pitching outside leg.
We are back for the chase. The Australian players are out in the middle. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls will open the innings for New Zealand. Mitchell Starc will start the proceedings for Australia.