Warner cen­tury as Aus­tralia re­claim series over N Zealand

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David Warner slammed his sixth one-day cen­tury of the year to lead Aus­tralia to a crush­ing 116-run vic­tory and re­claim the Chap­pell-Hadlee Tro­phy series off New Zealand yes­ter­day. Warner smashed 119 off 115 balls to pro­pel the Aus­tralians to an im­pos­ing 378 for five af­ter be­ing sent into bat. They then bowled out the Black Caps for 262 off 47.2 overs at the bat­friendly Manuka Oval. New Zealand had to win in Canberra to keep alive their hopes of re­tain­ing the tro­phy af­ter los­ing by 68 runs in the open­ing game in Sydney on Sunday. Warner led the way in Aus­tralia’s third-high­est ODI to­tal and was sup­ported by skip­per Steve Smith’s 72 off 76 balls and Travis Head’s 57 from 32 balls, while Mitchell Marsh blud­geoned seven sixes in a un­beaten 76 off just 40 balls. The Black Caps made a spir­ited at­tempt to chase Aus­tralia’s hefty to­tal and were 177 for three when Jimmy Nee­sham fell in the 31st over for 74, end­ing a 125-run stand with skip­per Kane Wil­liamson.

Wil­liamson was dis­missed nine overs later for 81 off 80 balls with five fours and two sixes, and with him went New Zealand’s faint hopes of reel­ing in the Aus­tralian tar­get.

Wil­liamson’s gam­ble on send­ing the Aus­tralians into bat back­fired spec­tac­u­larly when the home side feasted on a per­fect bat­ting wicket. The pug­na­cious Warner set the tone with his 10th ODI cen­tury-the third cen­tury in his last five ODI in­nings and his first against New Zealand. Only three other Aus­tralian bats­men have scored more hun­dreds in ODIsRicky Ponting (30), Mark Waugh (18) and Adam Gilchrist (16). “It was a fan­tas­tic wicket and once you keep wick­ets in hand you can make 100 runs in the last 10 overs,”Warner said.

WICK­ETS TUM­BLE

“It was great bat­ting with the skip­per (Smith) and run­ning between the wick­ets. This year is go­ing great.” Warner was out to a low catch from Wil­liamson at cover off medium-pacer Colin de Grand­homme in the 37th over, end­ing a 145-run part­ner­ship with Smith. Smith fol­lowed up his ca­reer-best ODI score of 164 in Sydney with 72. The Aus­tralian skip­per, who was struck a painful blow in the groin by a de Grand­homme de­liv­ery on 56, sliced to Mitchell Sant­ner at deep point. Head hit his sec­ond half-cen­tury of the series be­fore he was caught off Tim Southee.

Marsh pro­vided late fire­works with some prodi­gious hit­ting, in­clud­ing three con­sec­u­tive sixes off Matt Henry in a lusty cameo. Smith said: “330, 340 runs was prob­a­bly par. 380 was a big to­tal. You need a lot of things to go right to chase it down.” The Black Caps lost both open­ers by the ninth over, with Tom Latham caught and bowled by Josh Ha­zle­wood for four and Martin Gup­till caught be­hind off Pat Cum­mins for 45.

Nee­sham looked in good touch with 74 off 83 balls be­fore he was caught in the deep by Mitchell Starc off Josh Ha­zle­wood in the 31st over. James Faulkner got Colin Munro to hole out on 11 to long-on, where Marsh took a safe catch, and Starc had de Grand­homme caught be­hind for 12. Wil­liamson was de­ceived by a Pat Cum­mins slower ball and found Warner in the cov­ers to leave the Black Caps on 232 for six. Wick­ets tum­bled among the lower or­der, with Cum­mins fin­ish­ing with four for 41 as Aus­tralia cruised to vic­tory ahead of Fri­day’s third and fi­nal ODI in Mel­bourne. “Aus­tralia is one of the best sides in the world and at home they are the best side in the world,” Wil­liamson said. “The ‘death’ overs re­ally hurt us, and Aus­tralia have been show­ing us how to build part­ner­ships.” —AFP

CANBERRA: Aus­tralia’s bats­man Steven Smith (R) plays a shot as New Zealand’s wick­et­keeper BJ Watling looks on dur­ing the sec­ond game of the One Day In­ter­na­tional Cricket series between Aus­tralia and New Zealand in Canberra yes­ter­day. — AFP

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