Gup­till, Henry power Ki­wis to 159-run win over Aus­tralia

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Matt Henry shrugged off the dis­ap­point­ment of miss­ing out on se­lec­tion for next month's World Twenty20 with a hos­tile spell of pace bowl­ing that helped New Zealand ease to a 159-run win over Aus­tralia in the first one-day in­ter­na­tional on Wed­nes­day.

The 24-year-old Henry, who has been reg­u­larly over­looked this sum­mer and then brought in as in­jury cover, took 3-20 in his first four overs at Eden Park as he and Trent Boult re­duced the vis­i­tors to 41 for six in their pur­suit of 308 to win.

They were helped by an lbw de­ci­sion against David Warner, who was told not to re­view by part­ner Ge­orge Bai­ley de­spite the opener's con­cerns about the height.

Ball track­ing sug­gested the ball would have gone well over the stumps, caus­ing Warner to slam his bat into his pads as he watched the re­play on the big screen.

Wick­et­keeper Matthew Wade (37) and allrounder James Faulkner (36), how­ever, then put on 79 runs to par­tially res­ur­rect Aus­tralia's in­nings as they chased New Zealand's 307-8.

Once Wade holed out at deep mid­wicket in the 21st over and Faulkner was bowled by Adam Milne in the 22nd, the match was all but over and they were bowled out for 148 in just 24.2 overs.

Henry fin­ished with 3-41, while Boult had 3-38. Mitchell Sant­ner bowled just two balls and took the last two wick­ets.

Martin Gup­till top scored for New Zealand with 90, his high­est to­tal against Aus­tralia and his 29th one-day in­ter­na­tional half cen­tury.

The 29-year-old opener, who hit one of his five sixes onto the roof of the stand at the Auck­land venue, shared in part­ner­ships of 79 runs with cap­tain Bren­don McCul­lum (44) and 100 with Henry Ni­cholls (61).

New Zealand, who were asked to bat by Aus­tralia cap­tain Steve Smith, had ini­tially looked on course to set a to­tal well in ex­cess of 320 but lost wick­ets at crit­i­cal times when bats­men looked set to push on.

John Hast­ings was the most eco­nom­i­cal of the vis­it­ing bowlers with 1-39 from 10 overs, while fifth seamer Mitchell Marsh had fig­ures of 2-35 from seven. The three-match one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries moves on to Welling­ton on Satur­day with the sides also sched­uled to play two Tests.

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