Steve Smith’s 164 helps Australia overcome New Zealand by 68 runs at Sydney

The first game of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy between New Zealand and Australia at Sydney saw hosts captain Steve Smith rise to the occasion to score 164 runs to help his side win the game by 68 runs.

It was drop in pitch for the game as Australian captain Steve Smith went with bold decision to bat first to put runs on the board. Australia early innings stuttered as they slumped to 92 for 4 at one stage but Smith was unfazed by the situation as he continued to score runs at a fair rate to maintain pressure on the Kiwis. The game changed in favor of Australia when Smith and Travis Head put 127 runs to see the side in a good position to take the total over 300 runs. Head also showed maturity to notch an equally important half century as Smith produce scintillating display with the bat as he went onto score his seventh century of one day career. Smith continued as he top scored with 164 runs to see Australia score 322 runs from their full quota of overs.

New Zealand did not get off to an ideal start as Tom Latham was dismissed by fast bowler Josh Hazlewood. Things looked much better for Australia as Hazlewood snaffled Williamson to see the side in a commanding position in the game. Martin Guptill had to respond as he has been on a lean phase for the last few months. Guptill and Neesham added 92 runs to keep Kiwis in the hunt but Starc quickly removed Neesham to stop the visitors come back into the contest. Guptill scored a quickfire century off 93 balls and struck ten fours in his innings as the rest of the batting order failed to support him in the pursuit of a daunting target.

 

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