Match Story of Aus v/s N.Zealand 2nd ODI 2016 ( Chappell-Hadlee Trophy)
New Zealand’s Inning
On the run chase of New Zealand: While chasing a huge target of 378, visitors have not started well, they lost Tom Latham early, who was in good nick on Indian tour scored 50 in almost every match. Opposite to that Guptill was unable to find rhythm in Indian tour, after scoring 100 in 1st match against the host in the previous match was also looked dangerous for his 45 in 33 balls but he was undone by Cummins nicked behind the keeper. After that the New Zealand middle order who has lot to prove in this series has come to question again with two early wickets for 52 runs. Williamson started his inning patiently. On the other hand, an all-rounder Neesham is playing beautifully and easing the pressure off for his captain by hitting the boundaries and rotating the strike. The duo put a century stand for the fourth wicket to keep the momentum going and in the battle of keep the series alive. As Neesham reached his highest score in an ODI, soon he departs after a good knock but captain should have want him for more overs to play to put the pressure on the host. Its a good bowling change from Smith, he will not do and will not like to do anything wrong in the series and Josh Hazlewood didn’t let his captain down on his decision. He is in good form with the ball in this series, where batsmen are scoring runs and he is keeping tight for the batsmen. Now its the testing time for the Kiwi’s middle-order. Who will get going with the skipper and will provide good support to his captain? Will Munro be the man for the visitors? Need fastest 50 again to keep the required run-rate around 7 or so. But his short stay in his crease comes to an end with a six and the boundary in the bank, as Faulkner gets his man. Grandhomme arrives to the crease. Team is sending big hitters to keep down the required run-rate. Need something special from visitors or you can say from captain to win the match as required run-rate is touching almost 13 r.p.o. New Zealand are targeting Faulkner, captain comes to the party this time hit the six and a four in consecutive balls. Grandhomme also hit the six in Faulkner’s previous over and now the skipper. Now a last hope for the Kiwis gone and Australia are on top with this wicket. As run-rate was increasing linearly, it was coming, every ball has to be hit to win the match for them. But its difficult to do that, as Kangaroos have good bowing attack. Cummins got the dangerman.
New Zealand are falling like house of cards as they have done it to Pakistan in the last session to win the test match and series. Australians are giving the taste of it. Four wickets falls and one in each over. Now, Kiwis target should to play the entire 50 overs and to reduce the margin of defeat.
On Travis Head’s performance in the match: It was very crucial 7 overs for Head and gives 31 runs and also provides the spinning option for the captain. He also batted well and score quickfire half century to help the host to provide mammoth 378. I have seen him in Big bash League and he has showed a good potential to keep his permanent place in the shorter format of the game.
Australia reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee trophy. Cummins completed with fourfer as he is the peak of the bowlers for the host. These series win will be huge sigh of relief for the fans and the team as they have went through very tough period in longer formats against Srilanka and the mighty South Africa. It was the team effort from the host, batters played brilliantly, apart from Finch everybody has scored 50+ and who can forget Mitch Marsh’s inning which includes 7 towering sixes. By the way you should know that Australia have bigger grounds and to hit seven sixes is an achievement. While in the bowling department Cummins lead from the front and takes four wickets while Faulkner, Starc and Hazlewood sharing two wickets each.
From the New Zealand point of view in batting department, Williamson, Guptill and Neesham give some hope for the visitors but the target was too much to chase. Santner bowls well in his quota of 10 overs giving 4.7 r.p.o in this kind of circumstances and it will be only positive for them in the bowling department.
Spinner’s role in this match: Only two spinners got a chance to bowl in this match, but both produce a good economy rate of 4.43 and 4.7 (1 wicket) for Head and Santner respectively.