Brendon McCullum bid adieu ODI cricket with a series win
Brendon McCullum signs off from limited-over cricket with a win in the ODI series against Australia after beating them by 55 runs in the series decider final ODI match at Hamilton on Monday.
After winning the toss, Australia decided to bowl first. New Zealand made two changes as Doug Bracewell and Ish Sodhi replaced Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult from the last ODI. On the other hand, Australia was unchanged from the last ODI.
In his last ODI, Brendon McCullum started in his own fashion as he made 47 runs in 27 balls. Another opener Martin Guptill is continuing running in good form as he hit another half-century. Guptill scored 59 runs while middle-order batsman Grant Elliott hit 50 runs. The Kiwi team was looking to put a good total on the board but lower-order collapse denied it. New Zealand’s last six wickets fell for just 23 runs as the Black Caps were bundled out at 246 runs in 45.3 overs.
Among the Australian bowling line-up, Mitchell Marsh picked up 3 wickets while Josh Hazlewood, John Hastings and Scott Boland picked up 2 wickets each. Last match debutant leg-spinner, Adam Zampa took 1 wicket in this match.
In reply, Australia’s wickets fell in regular intervals. Australian top-order batsmen failed to capitalize their good starts into a big score. As a result, all the pressure came up to the middle-order batting line up which they failed to chase that target. Australia was bowled out for 191 runs in 43.4 overs. Opener Usman Khawaja scored 44 runs and middle-order batsman Mitchell Marsh scored 41 runs.
Matt Henry picked up 3 wickets for New Zealand while Ish Sodhi and Corry Anderson picked up 2 wickets each. Ish Sodhi received the man of the match award for taking wickets at a very crucial time.
With this victory, New Zealand retained the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after winning the 3-match ODI series by 2-1. New Zealand had won the first ODI at Auckland by 159 runs while Australia had claimed victory in the second ODI at Wellington by 4 wickets.
New Zealand – 246/10 in 45.3 overs (M Guptill 59, G Elliott 50, M Marsh 3/34)
Australia – 191/10 in 43.4 overs (U Khawaja 44, M Marsh 41, M Henry 3/60)
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