New Zealand avenge whitewash, beat Australia by 24 runs, win Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2-0

Ross Taylor's century and Trent Boult's six-wicket haul help New Zealand win third ODI and with it, the series by 2-0

New Zealand got the perfect revenge winning Chappell-Hadlee Trophy from Australia as they sent them packing the Kangaroos empty-handed. The Kiwis were always one step ahead of Australia in the ODI series. Ross Taylor’s century and Trent Boult’s six-wicket haul made sure that the BlackCaps ease towards a series triumph. Australia got bundled out for 257 with 3 overs to spare while chasing a target of 282.

Australian lower order batsmen Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc tried hard to take Australia out of the danger as they were reduced to 198-7 in 40th over with 84 needed to win the game. Cummins left midway but Starc led the chase, scoring 29 runs off 23 balls which included 2 fours and 2 sixes. Starc remained not out in the end as he ran out of partners, thanks to Boult who decided to wrap up the proceedings at Hamilton without any twists.

Earlier skipper Aaron Finch started off the chase with opener Shaun Marsh. Finch went on to score his 15th ODI century whereas Marsh got out to an unfortunate runout. Before they could recover, wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb got out for a duck on the very next ball from Boult. Travis Head along with Finch tried to steady the ship but Finch gave his wicket away as Boult got another scalp.

Another duck followed as Glenn Maxwell got out to ‘birthday boy’ Mitchell Santner. The left-arm spinner later got the wicket of Marcus Stoinis too who shared a vital partnership with Head. Boult was on fire as he got Head’s wicket too. Head scored his 5th ODI century. All-rounder James Faulkner was expected to deliver but he too got out for a duck, leaving his team far from victory.

The Kangaroos eventually fell short of 24 runs off Kiwi’s total as Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood could not make much impact towards the end.

Dean Brownlie made a terrific comeback in the New Zealand side as he scored his maiden ODI century. Tom Latham left the crease early as he got out for a duck. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson came in to bat in an attempt to form a partnership He shared a 70-run partnership with Brownlie.

Williamson got out for 37 off 42 balls. Came in, Taylor who stitched a 100-run partnership with Brownlie. The third wicket partnership ended with Brownlie getting out for 63. After Brownlie, the Kiwi suffered a middle-order batting collapse as Neil Broom, Colin Munro and James Neesham got out for single digit scores.

‘Birthday Boy’ Mitchell Santner came out to bat and took pressure off Taylor who was running out of partners. Santner not only kept his wicket intact but scored at a brisk rate allowing Taylor to score freely.

Soon Taylor completed his 16th ODI century equaling former New Zealand Nathan Astle’s record for most ODI centuries for the country. Taylor got out in 47th over, he scored 107 runs from 101 balls with the help of 13 fours.

After Taylor’s wicket Santner tried to score as many runs as he can to get his team to a fighting total. Tim Southee got out for 10 after hitting a six, whereas Lockie Ferguson got out for a duck. Santner’s stellar performance down the order helped New Zealand score 281 runs which proved to be more than enough for the hosts.

Despite losing the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, Aussies retain their No.1 spot in ICC ODI Rankings. Australia are to tour India for four-match Test series in February after India-Bangladesh’s one-off Test at Hyderabad starting February 9.