Australia Destroyed At Eden Park… Again

Australia will be seething after pulling the Blackcaps back to a par total at Eden Park, only for the run chase to be over within the space of ten overs.

At 6/41, no side in world cricket could have brought it back after New Zealand dominated the opening hour of the run chase with sublime bowling.

Chasing 208 to win, key batsmen for Australia failed to fire, including captain Steve Smith who chopped the ball onto his stumps.

David Warner will rue his decision to listen to batting partner George Bailey and not refer his LBW decision when replays showed the ball was clearly going over the stumps.

Warner’s wicket was the turning point of the match.

Proven match-winners George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell also failed to fire with the bat, all being dismissed cheaply.

Trent Boult and Matt Henry shared three wickets a piece for New Zealand.

A record partnership for Australia against New Zealand between Matthew Wade and James Faulkner wasn’t enough to claw Australia back into the game.

Earlier in the day Martin Guptill was unlucky not to reach another ODI century after being run out for 90.

Young batsman Henry Nicholls went past 50 in another impressive performance.

Some calm bowling on a ground with short boundaries saw Australia slow the run rate when New Zealand were looking at posting a score of 400.