The hosts produced a good all-round performance to beat Australia in a thrilling game played at Auckland in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.Marcus Stoinis had a day to remember with the bat and ball as he got Australia close to winning the game after the side was in tatters with half the side gone in the space of 15 overs.
Marcus Stoinis scored his maiden ton and added 81 runs with James Faulkner and then 48 runs with Pat Cummins to see Australia get back on the track in terms of winning the game. Josh Hazlewood was run-out following a mix-up to see New Zealand get away with a win by six runs and take 1-0 lead in the three match series.
Marcus Stoinis also three wickets with the bat as New Zealand put up a good score of 286 runs on the board from their 50 overs. Neil Broom top scored for the side with 73 runs while Martin Guptill’s 61 run at the top of the order lay down an ideal platform for others to score freely and see the end up with competitive total on the board.
Stoinis remained unbeaten at 146 runs and bludgeoned eleven sixes in his innings to named man of the match for his efforts with the bat and ball. Australia will look to produce a better show with the bat to make a comeback in the second game of the series that will be played at Napier on 2nd February. The hosts will be keen to avenge their defeat suffered against the same nemesis in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy played in Australia a month ago.