1st ODI: Australia beat New Zealand

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New Zealand have come to Australia to play a three-match ODI series. Today, the series started at the Cazalys Stadium, where the home team defeated New Zealand by two wickets. Aussie all-rounder Cameron Green became the Player of the Match for his brilliant performance both in bat and ball.

Match Report

Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia, won the toss and decided to bowl first at the Cazalys Stadium. So, the Black Caps started their innings with Martin Guptill and Devon Conway. But their starting was very slow. Martin Guptill seemed unstable on the crease. As a result, he lost his wicket in the 5th over, scoring only six.

However, Devon Conway then made a crucial partnership with the skipper, Kane Williamson. Together they added 81 runs on the scoreboard. Aussie spinner Adam Zampa broke their partnership as he picked up Devon Conway in the 23rd over. Conway scored the highest 46 runs for the Black Caps.

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After that, Williamson made another partnership with Tom Latham. A total of 36 runs came from their collaboration. However, the skipper lost his wicket to Glenn Maxwell after scoring 45 runs. Tom Latham also added 43 runs before his departure. Anyway, Glenn Maxwell was on fire against New Zealand. He picked up four wickets alone. Due to his aggression, New Zealand ended their innings in 232 runs.

Chasing the target, Australia were under tremendous pressure. David Warner and Aaron Finch failed to make a good start. Finch departed the pitch in the 3rd over after scoring only five runs. After that, pacer Trent Boult changed the momentum. He picked up Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in his back-to-back overs. As a result, Australia lost five wickets in 45 runs.

It seemed Australia would lose the match, but the drama was yet to come. Alex Carey and Cameron Green changed the entire scenario for the Aussies. They made a brilliant partnership of 157 runs in the middle order. However, Alex Carey lost his wicket after scoring 85 runs. But Cameron Green remained not out in 89 runs, which earned the victory for Australia.

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Score Card

New Zealand: 232/9 (50 Overs)

Australia: 233/8 (45 Overs)