50 overs New Zealand 2329 vs. . for Australia
That net worth was hard to judge, with both captains referring to “unknown” conditions at a venue hosting international cricket for the first time since 2004, and it appeared a difficult surface on which to find time, but New Zealand will have to be disappointed with the number of batsmen who have not been able to convert initially.
Devon Conway, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham all worked hard to get into the 40s before falling into the spin, the latter two hitting Maxwell three times in his third and final spell. Maxwell finished with the second best figures of his ODI career and was 60 for 6 in the last 10 overs for New Zealand, with Josh Hazlewood also taking three wickets.
Following the inclusion of New Zealand, Martin Guptill was caught off the last ball of the opening over by Mitchell Starc, but a quick review and replays showed he had hit his pads.
However, Guptill could not score – the six he scored came off the first two balls of the game – as he was tied by Starc and Hazlewood, who both bowled maidens. Then, in the fifth over, Guptill got a rough outside edge at the back where Maxwell pulled off his superb fielding, diving full length to his left to grab an opportunity he was destined to avoid .
The spin was on in Adam Zampa’s ninth over and then by Maxwell in the 10th and the opening powerplay after New Zealand’s top order soaked up 50 dots.
Conway’s early caution began to be rewarded when he danced to take Cameron Green to cover for six. When he sweeps in Zampa and was lbw, he had given himself an excellent foundation, which review called for three reads.
Barely four overs for most of the first half of the innings, there was a sign of a gear-change from Williamson when he took Green, flicked him for six over midwicket and then dropped to the ground, followed by Latham. Sent. Starc over the leg side boundary. However, Williamson was gone at the 30-over mark when he ended a slog-sweep against Maxwell at deep midwicket.
Latham and Daryl Mitchell built up the pace in the next 10 overs to give New Zealand a solid finish after 40 with 172 for 3 and wickets in hand. However, Maxwell derailed those plans when he removed both set betters in the 42nd over – Mitchell sweeps midwicket and Latham – before adding Michael Bracewell in his next over.
As they did in the second ODI in Barbados on their recent tour of the West Indies, New Zealand will have to put up a great defense under the lights.