Warner’s 156 leads Australia’s whitewash over Kiwis

Opener David Warner struck his second consecutive century as Australia thrashed New Zealand by 117 runs in the third ODI to complete an impressive whitewash in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.

Opting to bat first in the dead rubber, the hosts were in serious trouble right from the beginning as left-arm pacer Trent Boult removed Aaron Finch and captain Steve Smith inside first four overs of the match.

All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme then joined the party and removed experienced George Bailey (24) and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to reduce Smith’s men to 73 for four in the 19th over.

However, Warner, who made a match-winning 116 in the second ODI in Canberra, was in full swing once again, this time in Melbourne as he made sure that Australia kept scoring at the good pace.

The 30-year-old kept loosing partners from the other end, but continued his attacking display and made a breathtaking century, which was his 16th in the 50-over format and seventh in the calendar year, as Kangaroos finished their innings at the score of 264 for eight.

Warner was eventually run out after scoring 156 off 128 balls, which included 13 boundaries and four sixes.

He was well supported lower down the order by all-rounder Travis Head, who made 37 off 70 balls which included two fours.

For New Zealand, Boult picked up three, whereas left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and De Grandhomme claimed two wickets each.

Chasing a stiff target of 265 to win on the large MCG ground, the Black Caps once again had a solid start from Tom Latham and Martin Guptill, who added 44 runs for the first wicket before Latham was dismissed after scoring 28 off 36 balls on the bowling of pacer Pat Cummins.

Kiwis looked well in control and were on course to chase the target but lost Guptill and Captain Kane Williamson in quick succession, from which they could not recover and were eventually bowled out for 147 in the 37th over.

Guptill finished the innings with the top score of 34 off 40 balls, which included three boundaries.

For Australia, pacer Mitchell Starc, who was expected to be rested for the final ODI, picked up three, whereas all-rounders James Faulkner, Head and fast-bowler Cumming picked two wickets each.

For his outstanding centuries in two out of three matches, Warner was awarded man of the match and the best player of the series as well.


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