On Monday, New Zealand won by 6 runs in a thrilling first ODI against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland. Australia chose to bowl first after winning the toss as New Zealand scored 286/9 (50 overs) batting first.
In reply, Australia fell just 6 runs short of New Zealand’s total. Australia were bowled out for 280 in 47 overs.
With this victory, hosts New Zealand take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 286/9 in 50 overs (Neil Broom 73, Martin Guptill 61, Marcus Stoinis 3/49)
Australia – 280 in 47 overs (Marcus Stoinis 146*, Pat Cummins 36, Mitchell Santner 3/44)
Result – New Zealand won by 6 runs
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- After batting first, New Zealand made 286/9 in 50 overs. It is New Zealand’s 3rd highest ODI total against Australia at Auckland. The top 2 in this list are 340/5 (48.4 overs) on 18th February 2007 and 307/8 (50 overs) on 3rd February 2016.
Also batting first in an ODI match against Australia, it (286/9) is the joint 3rd highest total for New Zealand. Previously New Zealand had scored the exact same no. of ODI runs batting first against Australia at Chennai on 11th March 1996. The top two in this list are: 307/8 (50 overs) at Auckland on 3rd February 2016 and 290/7 (50 overs) at Melbourne on 4th February 2007.
- Total 29 extras were conceded by Australian bowlers during New Zealand’s innings. It is joint 3rd most no. of total extras were conceded by Australian bowlers against New Zealand in an ODI match. Previously, Australian bowlers had conceded the same no. of total extras against New Zealand at Wellington on 13th March 2010. The top two in this list are: 38 at Pune on 3rd November 2003 and 32 at Faridabad 29th October 2003.
- Australian batsman Marcus Stoinis played a phenomenal innings in this ODI as he remained unbeaten on 146 runs. Here are some important stats of his innings:
i) It is the second highest individual ODI score by a no. 7 batsman. The highest individual ODI score by a no. 7 batsman is 170* by Luke Ronchi (New Zealand) against Sri Lanka at Dunedin on 23rd January 2015.
ii) It is the 3rd highest individual ODI score by an Australian batsman on New Zealand soil. The top two in this list are 181* by Matthew Hayden (at Hamilton on 20th February 2007) and 156 by Andrew Symonds (at Wellington on 7th December 2005).
iii) Also it is the highest individual score by a batsman on the New Zealand soil in the 2nd innings of an ODI match. The previous best was 139* by Lahiru Thirimanne against England at Wellington on 1st March 2015.
iv) Also it is the 4th highest individual score by a visiting batsman against New Zealand on the New Zealand soil. The top 3 in this list are 181* by Matthew Hayden (Australia) at Hamilton on 20th February 2007, 163* by Sachin Tendulkar (India) at Christchurch on 8th March 2009 and 156 by Andrew Symonds (Australia) at Wellington on 7th December 2005
- Apart from scoring a phenomenal unbeaten 146 runs with the bat, Australian cricketer Marcus Stoinis also picked up 3 wickets (10-0-49-3) with the ball. Stoinis became the first Australian cricketer to score a century and also able to take 3 or more wickets in the same ODI match.
Meanwhile, Stoinis became the 6th cricketer to score a century and also able to take 3 or more wickets in an ODI match against New Zealand. The other 5 cricketers who had achieved this feat are Viv Richards (West Indies), Dave Callaghan (South Africa), Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) and Yusuf Pathan (India).
- New Zealand beat Australia in this ODI by 6 runs. It is the smallest ODI victory (by runs) for New Zealand against Australia on the New Zealand soil. The previous smallest margin was by 30 runs twice (at Dunedin on 19th March 1986 and at Auckland on 14th February 1998).
- New Zealand won this ODI after scoring 286/9 (50 overs) batting first. It is the 2nd highest ODI total defended by New Zealand against Australia. The highest ODI total defended by New Zealand against Australia is 307/8 (50 overs) at Auckland on 3rd February 2016.
- Australian batsman Marcus Stoinis hit total 11 sixes in this match which is the 2nd most no.of sixes hit by an Australian batsman in an ODI innings. The highest in this list is 15 by Shane Watson against Bangladesh at Dhaka on 11th April 2011.