Despite the thunder, Kane Williamson would have been caught outside the crease.© Twitter
Australia beat New Zealand in the second ODI on Thursday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. While he bowled out New Zealand for a total of 82 runs to register a 113-run victory, he missed a golden run-out opportunity early in the visiting team’s innings. Defending 196, Mitchell Starc gave Australia a perfect start with the ball as he dismissed Martin Guptill in the first over. The very next delivery could have resulted in another dismissal, but Australia bowed their lines.
Kane Williamson taps the ball to cover and runs for a single, but a mix-up with Devon Conway meant he was stuck in no-man’s land and was trying to run back.
It would have been an easy dismissal, but Sean Abbott, running from point to the right, could not pick up the ball at first. Despite the fumble, Williamson would have been caught outside the crease as Abbott picked up the ball the second time he tried and threw it to wicketkeeper Alex Carey, but the gloveman collected the ball in front of the stumps and immediately tried to throw it back over the stumps. Dropped and missed, allowing the New Zealand captain to return safely.
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New Zealand had a great start with the ball as they ran through Australia’s batting order, but Steve Smith’s 61 and good rearguard resistance from Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood helped the hosts reach 195/9 in 50 overs. Got it.
New Zealand lost Guptill early and despite efforts to consolidate and build the partnership, wickets kept falling and Australia were bowled out for 82 in 33 overs.
Adam Zampa returned career-best figures of 5/35, while Starc and Abbott took two wickets each. Marcus Stoinis also claimed a wicket as Australia sealed the series with one match.
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