Australia made an impressive comeback in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand after winning the second ODI at Wellington on Saturday. Australia beat New Zealand by 4 wickets with 21 balls to spare.
New Zealand decided to bat first after winning the toss. New Zealand named an unchanged team while Australia made three changes. Usman Khawaja, Scott Boland and debutant leg-spinner Adam Zampa replaced Shaun Marsh, James Faulkner and Kane Richardson.
Skipper Brendon McCullum started in his typical fashion with quick-fire 28 runs but failed to last long. Meanwhile, the other opener Martin Guptill scored 31 runs while no.3 batsman Kane Williamson played a good knock of 60 runs in 74 balls. Grant Elliott scored 32 runs while Mitchell Santner (45 runs of 39 balls) and Adam Milne (36 runs of 27 balls) played quick-fire knocks at the end. As a result, New Zealand put a good total of 281/9 in 50 overs.
Josh Hazlewood picked up 3 wickets for Australia while debutant leg-spinner Adam Zampa took 2 wickets for 57 overs in his 10 overs.
Chasing down the total, Australia started on a good note as openers put on 122 run partnership. Usman Khawaja departed for 50 runs and after that, the middle order dramatically collapsed at the middle stage as the visitors from 122/1 found themselves in trouble at 197/6. In between that, opener David Warner missed his hundred for just 2 runs after getting out at 98 runs.
After that, the visitors made an impressive comeback as Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings constructed a great unbeaten match-winning partnership for the seventh wicket for 86 runs. Mitchell Marsh remained unbeaten at 69 runs while John Hastings scored unbeaten 48 runs in what proved to be a match-winning innings. Mitchell Santner picked up 3 wickets for New Zealand and began the collapse of Australian batting line-up but all went in vain at the end. Australia reached the target for the loss of 6 wickets in 46.3 overs.
Mitchell Marsh won the man of the match award for his outstanding match-winning performance. The three-match ODI series is now currently at 1-1 after the second ODI. New Zealand won the first ODI by 159 runs. The 3rd and final ODI will be held on 8th February at Hamilton which will be the decider in the series.
New Zealand – 281/9 in 50 overs (Kane Williamson 60, Mitchell Santner 45*, Josh Hazlewood 3/61)
Australia – 283/6 in 46.3 overs (David Warner 98, Mitchell Marsh 69*, Mitchell Santner 3/47)