The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy witnessed yet another riveting contest between the Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and Australia on Saturday.
The second match of the series was a day/night affair played at Wellington. New Zealand came into the match with a 1-0 lead in the series after routing Australia by 159 runs in the first ODI.The Kiwis won the toss and decided to bat first. Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum made yet another solid start before McCullum was bowled off the bowling of Scott Boland. Guptill was then caught off the bowling of Marsh to leave the team at two wickets down for 88 runs.
Later, Kane Williamson played a splendid innings to steer the Kiwis towards a competitive total.He lead from the front as lower order players like Mitchell Santner and Adam Milne added 60 runs to provide a much-needed impetus that took the innings total to 281 for 9.Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he took 3 wickets for 61 runs. Boland, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Marsh also took two wickets each.
In reply, the Aussies got off to a flying start as David Warner and Usman Khawaja put on an opening partnership of 122. However, there was a slight stutter in the middle overs when fast bowler Henry dismissed Steve Smith and George Bailey in successive deliveries to put the Aussies under pressure.Glenn Maxwell also made a paltry score as he was dismissed by Trent Boult to leave the team at a crucial juncture of 144 for 4 wickets.
Mitchell Marsh then joined Warner in the middle and put on a 47-run partnership with him to inch the team close to the target. In between, Santner got the wicket of Matthew Wade to leave Australia at 197 for 6.
John Hastings then produced a good innings of 47 runs and he became a perfect foil for Mitchell Marsh, who played an aggressive knock of 69 runs.
The series is now evenly poised at 1-1 and the decider will be played at Hamilton to see who comes up trumps in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy of 2016.