Australia defeated New Zealand in the 1st match of the series by 68 runs. Steve Smith played a captain’s knock by scoring a beautiful 164 which is also his career best. After getting 0-2 down against South Africa the “Baggy Greens” made few changes in their starting line up and got consolation victory in the last test against mighty Africa. So it was very much important for them to start on a winning note against New Zealand in this series.
After winning toss Smith decided to bat first but they lost Finch in the very first over. Smith came at 3rd down and started innings build up with David Warner. Smith once got life when he was in 13, he was clear LBW but New Zealand didn’t review and they payed for their did and then after it was Steve Smith show, leading from front scoring a wonderful century when it was very much required for his team. Smith scored 164 in just 157 balls with 14 Fours and 6 sixes. Mathew Wade(38) and Head(52) supported their skipper as well and Australia finished their innings on 324-8.
In a ground like Sydney, it is a big total and while chasing New Zealand lost the early wickets of Latham and Williamson but it was Martin Guptill who played a superb innings and scored 114 in just 102 balls but his effort went in vain. Colin Munro and Matt Henry tried their best but that was not enough for them to win this match. Among bowlers Hazlewood was best for his 3-49 figure. Adam Zampa and Pat Cuminns was expensive but it was Zampa who got the all important Guptill’s wicket. It was an important match for Cummins as he returned after injury and according to Smith he though he was nervous but performed quite well. Steve Smith not only guided with bat but also his fielding placement and a stunning catch just destroyed the Kiwis. Undoubtedly Smith was declared Man of The Match for this performance. The black Caps will try to level up the series in Canberra on this Tuesday and Australia will try to keep this momentum going on.
Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI Score Card(in brief):
Australia: 324-8( Smith 164, Head 52, Boult 2-51)
New Zealand: 256(Guptill 114, Munro 49, Hazlewood 3-49)