David Warner’s Ton Powers Australia to Set Mammoth Total vs. Kiwis

December 07 15:30 2016

nzNew Delhi, Wednesday, December 7 – The dream of New Zealand to level series against Australia at Manuka Oval in Canberra shattered on Tuesday after the host beat them by 116 runs. The 3-match One Day International series began on Sunday at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney where Steven Smith’s men emerged as a winner, thrashing the opponents by 68 runs.

The match played a day ago was a do or die for the visiting squad but they could not capitalize the opportunity, failing to restrict Australia at a score that can be further chased. 2nd ODI New Zealand tour of Australia was crucial. The entire arrangements were done to host the contest without any trouble. It drizzled in the early hours of the match, delaying the toss, which was later on won by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who elected to bowl first. But the team seemed to not learn anything from the previous defeat where Aussies made them suffer batting collapse while they were chasing the target of 325 runs.

New Zealand team went with Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, BJ Watling, James Neesham, Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry and Trent Boult. At the same time, Todd Astle, Henry Nicholls and Lockie Ferguson were the players in extra. Aussies fans eyed the combination of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders by Australian captain Steven Smith. The home squad comprised James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head and George Bailey. Those to sit on bench this time were Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa.

Objective of Australia was to seal series and they successfully did so. If truth be told then they exploited the platform of playing in familiar conditions well, totalling a mammoth total of 378 runs for the loss of just five wickets. Warner pocketed a ton brilliantly, letting New Zealand fielders do a lot of running on the field. He shone for best at a time when Aaron Finch threw his wicket to Santner when batting at an individual score of 19, which included a couple of 4s. Steven Smith – the new batsman on the crease, also made sure to do his bit, playing an innings of 72 runs off 76 balls, with the help of six 4s and a biggie.

de Grandhomme broke their partnership, which got dangerous as the two accumulated 145 runs together. Warner was dismissed at 119 runs. His knock was studded with 14 boundaries and a six. Southee added to the jolt but Aussies were already on their way to put humongous score on the board. Steven Smith was his prey. Travis Head also lost his wicket to Southee but he made his presence in the team count by playing a knock of 57 runs off 32 balls (4 x 6 and 6 x 2). Matthew Wade was in hurry to pocket runs in speed. Before Boult dismissed him at 11 runs, he struck a six and four. Mitchell Marsh was not out at a score of 76 that were attained in 40 deliveries. His blitz comprised two boundaries and seven sixes. George Bailey was not out at a zero.

Tim Southee did two dismissals, while Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, and Colin de Grandhomme got one wicket each. James Neesham and Matt Henry did not get any wicket. David Warner set a strong foundation for his team to gain foothold despite the fact that opener Finch was out without substantial contribution. Australians scored 54 runs in the mandatory powerplay. As similar to the hosts, the tourists also suffered an early jolt. Tom Latham was caught & bowled by Hazlewood when he was batting at the score of 4. Speed of getting runs was still good as Martin Guptill carried on sending the ball towards the fence whenever possible. Before Wade caught him behind in Pat Cummins’ over, he scored 45 runs off 33 balls, with the help of seven fours and a six.

A partnership of 125 runs between Williamson and Neesham boosted the thought that Kiwis might attain or get close to the target.  However, before this would have troubled the hosts, Hazlewood earned wicket of James Neesham, whose innings of 74 runs came post facing 83 deliveries (4 x 7 and 6 x 1). Next two wickets fell in pace, almost ending hopes of bouncing back in the tournament. Colin Munro lost his wicket to Faulkner at 11 runs (4 x 1 and 6 x 1) and Colin de Grandhomme to Starc at 12 runs (6 x 1). All possibility of winning the 2nd ODI sunk after Kane Williamson’s catch was taken by Warner in Pat Cummins’ over. His innings of 81 runs, which consisted of five 4s and two sixes, went into vain.

The sequence of falling wickets carried on as Mitchell Santner succumbed to good bowling of Starc  post contributing 2 runs in the squad’s total score. Tim Southee and Matt Henry lost their wickets to Pat Cummins at 2 runs and 7 runs, respectively. The wicketkeeper-batsman Watling was dismissed by Faulkner at 17 runs (4 x 2), spreading broad smile on the faces of Australia who won series 2-0, turning the final match, which is to be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on December 9 a formality. Trent Boult was not out at 2 runs. The Kiwis were all out at 262 runs in 47.2 overs. Cummins got four wickets, while Starc, Hazlewood and Faulkner got two wickets each.

Head and Marsh did not get any wicket. Warner was awarded Player of the Match. 53 runs were attained by New Zealand from 0.1 to 10 overs. It was just a run less than Aussies. But good momentum can’t be kept for long and the lower batting order could not stay confident about getting near to the score set by Aussies that resulted in another defeat for them in the series. Now, the travellers would want to end the tournament on a winning note. A few outstanding performances by the Australian cricketers made opponents bear the brunt. Given that the Black Caps could not utilize the last chance to level series and make the final contest of their tour be the series decider, they would now look forward to going home with heads held high. Aussies proved that they are a unit with bunch of talented players. Playing as a group helped them win match and the series.