Before the series began, it was expected that this New Zealand side, who was on a bit of a roll after defeating Pakistan for the first time 30 years in a Test series on home soil, will have a real chance to get one over their arch-rivals Australia in the Chappell – Hedlee Trophy, but Sunday’s first ODI proved that is exactly not the case.
Come this Tuesday, Kane Williamson’s men will be up against an Australian side, which is gearing up to seal the series with a win at Manuka Oval in Canberra.Even though the visitors faced 68 runs defeat in the opening match of the series, they had a decent outing in Sydney where they were in a commanding position while bowling first after claiming four Australian wickets inside the first 20 overs.
But things turned around drastically, thanks to some poor fielding and bowling performance.The Black Caps will be eager to not repeat the mistakes once again, as they look to bounce back in a do-or-die encounter.One positive from the first match for the New Zealand side was the astonishing century from opener Martin Guptil, who was dropped for the Test series against Pakistan after poor show on tour of India.
Guptil scored a scintillating 114 off just 102 balls, which included 10 fours and six massive sixes, and Kiwis will be hoping that the 30-year-old will continue his good work in the all-important match.There is only one change expected for the final eleven in the second ODI, as the last match debutant Lockie Feguson, who gave away 73 runs and picked up just one wicket in his nine overs, is expected to make way for veteran pacer Tim Southee.
For hosts, all of a sudden, things look much brighter than they were before Sunday, largely thanks to some inspiring batting performance from captain Steven Smith, who scored a match-winning 164 off just 157 balls, where he smashed 14 fours and four sixes. However, the Australian team management will be hoping that the experience trio of openers David Warner, Aaron Finch and middle-order batsman George Bailey will fire in the the second ODI after failing to contribute in the team’s cause in the first match of the series.
Success in Sydney means it is expected that Kangaroos will retain the same playing eleven, which means there will be no place once again for all-rounders James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell. There are showers expected, but the pitch is expected to be a batting paradise for the team batting first, but can slow down as the match progress