New Zealand hammered Australia in the opening game by 159 runs to go 1 up in the 3-match Chappell-Hadlee ODI series. The home team set up a stiff target of 308 runs for the visitors. The kiwi pacers then did the rest, reducing the Aussie innings to 41/6 inside the first 10 overs before bundling them out for a paltry 148 in just the 25th over. Thanks to the resilience of Matthew Wade and James Faulkner, Australia somehow managed to get their total past a three figure mark.
The two teams will now lock horns in the 2nd ODI on February 6 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. After earning such a handsome victory in the previous match, the Kiwis will once again take the field as favorites on Saturday with high betting odds in their favor. Australia with a 5th straight defeat in the limited overs fixture need to put their best foot forward in the forthcoming match to keep the series alive.
Martin Guptill's cracking innings of 90 runs off 76 deliveries laid the foundation for New Zealand to post a big total on the board. The man of the match is performing consistently with the bat, making him an ideal choice to place your bet on for the 2nd ODI. Brendon McCullum returned to the international arena in style, smashing 44 off 29 balls. Henry Nicholls carried his good form from the previous series against Pakistan. The youngster impressed yet again with a knock of 61 runs and experts of the game are placing high betting odds on him for the next match as well.
Trent Boult and Matt Henry ran through the Australian top order, leaving their innings in tatters. Bagging 3 wickets each with a decent economy rate, these two fast bowlers are on fire and great choices to wager on. Mitchell Santner wrapped up the Australian innings with 2 back-to back wickets off the very first two deliveries of his spell. The black caps are likely to retain the same playing eleven for the second game. They would, however, be hoping for a better performance by Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott who haven't quite been themselves of late.
After putting up a dismal batting show on Wednesday, the Aussie batsmen will have to work harder to adapt themselves to these new conditions after being served flat tracks against India all summer. The top order surrendered to the Kiwi pace attack and none of the top six could reach even 20. This summed up the day for Australia who lasted a little over 24 overs. The top order could take a leaf out of the Wade-Faulkner partnership of 79 runs that averted a much heavier defeat.
The bowling is another major concern for Australia as they have been conceding scores of 290 or more in 8 of their last 9 ODI matches. John Hastings, however, is keeping up his great form since his return to the side in the series against India. He took a wicket and gave very little away in his quota of 10 overs. Josh Hazlewood picked up 2 wickets and is another fine option to put your money on in the second match.
James Faulkner won't be available for the second ODI due to a hamstring injury and the all-rounder's absence will be a big blow to Australia. The Kiwis, on the other hand, will take on the Aussies with full strength. Moreover, the home team has an excellent record at the Westpac Stadium with 11 victories from their past 13 ODI matches. New Zealand will therefore walk into the ground with a psychological edge over Australia and could very well secure the series in Wellington by going up 2-0.
Betting odds for New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI:
New Zealand - 2.04 ; Australia - 1.93
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