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New Zealand Look to Wind Series against Australia with Win

December 09
15:24 2016

asNew Delhi, Friday, December 9 – Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in the final One Day International vs. New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne today. The Kiwis want to end series on a winning note to go back home with their heads held high.

Australian Playing XI include David Warner, Matthew Wade, Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood. They look forward to whitewash New Zealand under the captaincy of Steven Smith. Those to sit on bench are Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright and Adam Zampa. At the same time, New Zealand squad hopes for victory in the last ODI in the guidance of Kane Williamson. The team comprises Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult. Those to sit on bench are Todd Astle, James Neesham and Matt Henry.

If scoring pattern at the venue is to be mentioned then the average first inning score is 221, while average second inning score is 196. In addition to this, the highest total is 344 for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. It was set by WXI vs. AsiaXI. In contrast, the lowest total on the ground is 94 runs in almost 31 overs by England vs. Australia. It can be understood easily that English cricketers faced immense pressure as they couldn’t pocket much runs despite trying to bat as long as possible. Credit shall be given to Australian bowlers who restricted them at a low score. On the other hand, 297 runs is the highest chased by Australia in opposition to England, whereas the lowest defended is 173 runs by the home side vs. West Indies.

In the ground today, the fans of both sides make sure to enjoy on each wicket taken and every single shot hit. Despite the fact that Australia look for 3-0 series win and the Black Caps wish to end it 1-2, the crowd is all set to cheer.  The start wasn’t easy as Aaron Finch was dismissed by Boult at a score of 3 post facing eight balls. Steven Smith succumbed to the same man on a naught. Two early jolts made Aussie think whether the decision to bat was right or not. To a certain extent, stability was introduced by George Bailey and the opener David Warner – who was declared Man of the Match in 2nd ODI for scoring 119 runs.

The growing partnership was brought to an end when de Grandhomme dismissed Bailey at a score of 23, which included a boundary too. Mitchell Marsh was out for a duck on a delivery by de Grandhomme. After 44 overs, Australia scored 214 runs for the loss of five wickets. Travis Head was out by Santner at 37 runs, which consist of two 4s too. Wade and Warner are on the crease, batting at 14 runs and 136 runs, respectively. More to the point, they hope to shatter bowling attack of New Zealand. The Kiwis are eyeing wicket of Warner from the start but failed to get it. This has made them feel the heat. Once again Australia on the way to put a good total, which can turn challenging for the opponents. In view of the fact that Warner has pocketed another ton brilliantly, and struck 11 4s and four sixes, the speed of scoring runs has increased. No surprises if he once again set base of his team’s victory as possibility of seeing good score on the scoreboard has gone up.

Williamson has tried seven bowling options.  Boult, Santner and de Grandhomme have got two wickets each, while Southee, Ferguson, the Kiwi captain and Munro look for earning wickets but haven’t got success yet. With the kind of play exhibited by Australians, it is sure that their confidence is on peak. They well exploited playing in the home conditions and ground, giving a lot of chance to the viewers to cheer.  Even though Australia scored only 31 runs in the mandatory powerplay, Smith-led side managed to put an impressive total with five overs yet to be bowled by New Zealand.  As a result of feeble bowling attack, it seems the Black Caps will face challenges when they come to bat. But since cricket being a sport of uncertainty, it will be interesting to note whether they send rivals on the back foot or not.

Whatever happens next will be a key thing to watch but the visitors have landed themselves in tough situations by giving room to a few Australian batsmen go for good show. Cricketers of both sides would want to put stress on each other. Viewers hope for spellbinding show.  New Zealand openers, middle and lower order are expected to play reliable innings that allow them get close to the target. If they fall short of the score attained by Australia in 50 overs, then they will have to go back home winless what they would not look forward to. The Kiwis would have to stay in the front seat and go on score impressively if they wish to forget humiliating defeats of 1st and 2nd ODI where Australia thrashed them by 68 runs and 116 runs, respectively.

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