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Boult picks six wickets as New Zealand claim Chappell-Haddlee Trophy with thrilling win

Trent Boult picked six wickets in the Hamilton game
Trent Boult picked six wickets in the Hamilton game

New Zealand 281-9 (Taylor 107) beat
Australia 257 (Boult 6-33) by 24 runs
Third One-Day International in Hamilton

Trent Boult registered his career best figures of six-wicket haul as New Zealand resisted Australian fightback and secured a 24-run win in the third and final One-Day International in Hamilton to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy following a 2-0 series victory.

Earlier, it was Ross Taylor's century that set up New Zealand total of 281 for nine after they decided to bat first on winning the toss.

Dean Brownlie (63) opened the innings on his comeback game after two years but he lost his opening partner Tom Latham (0) at the other end when he was caught at deep fine leg off Mitchell Starc (3-63).

Kane Williamson (37) and Brownlie struck three boundaries combined in the ninth over as New Zealand ended the first powerplay with a score of 59 for one.

The 70-run stand for the second wicket ended when Williamson nicked a Pat Cummins delivery (1-47) to the keeper and that brought Taylor (107) to the crease.

After a cautious start to the innings, the veteran batsman plundered Josh Hazlewood (2-44) for three boundaries in the 19th over and with two more fours in the 24th over, he brought the 50-run stand with Brownlie off 52 deliveries.

Taylor was in dominating mood as he went past Brownlie and reached his half-century off 44 deliveries. He came to bat when Brownlie was in the 40s. The feats continued for the Black Caps as Brownlie brought his maiden ODI fifty in the 27th over.

As the runs were coming without any trouble, New Zealand looked set for a huge total but James Faulkner (3-59) provided the breakthrough for Australia by having Brownlie caught behind and two overs later he had Neil Broom (8) dismissed in a similar fashion.

Australia quickly capitalised on the advantage as Hazlewood returned back dismissing Colin Munro (3) and James Neesham (1) in quick succession to leave the Blackcaps struggling at 209 for six.

Taylor kept the onslaught going and completed his 16th ODI century in the 46th over and with assistance from Mitchell Santner (38 not out), New Zealand went on to post 281 for nine in the 50 overs.

Aaron Finch (56) started the chase positively with a six and a four while Shaun Marsh (22) kept going with hat-trick boundaries in the seventh over bowled by Tim Southee (0-39).

The 43-run stand ended in the eighth over when Marsh was run out after a brilliant throw from Santner (2-50) and Boult (6-33) had his first wicket when he castled Peter Handscomb (0).

Travis Head (53) joined Finch and the duo brought the chase back on track with a 75-run stand which came off just 80 deliveries. Finch reached his fifty off 60 deliveries but Williamson (1-44) had him caught in the deep in the 21st over.

In the next over, Glenn Maxwell (0) too perished after edging a Santner delivery to the keeper. Marcus Stoinis (42) continued his momentum from the first game with fluent stroke-making while Head brought his fifth half-century off 64 balls.

Just when once again Australia looked good in the chase, Boult produced double strike removing Head and James Faulkner (0) in a span of five deliveries while Santner had Stoinis caught at long on.

Cummins (27) and Starc (29 not out) tried to keep the fight going with a 51-run stand for the eighth wicket but Boult returned back and removed the final three wickets in a span of eight runs to seal a thrilling win for New Zealand.

Boult was awarded the man of the match as New Zealand claimed the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

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