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David Warner century powers Australia to 3-0 series victory

David Warner century powers Australia to 3-0 series victory
David Warner scored his seventh ODI century in 2016

Australia 264-8 (Warner 156) beat
New Zealand 147 (Starc 3-34) by 117 runs
Third One-Day International in Melbourne

David Warner scored his second consecutive century and seventh this year as Australia secured a 117-run victory in the third and final One-Day International against New Zealand in Melbourne to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. A double strike from Trent Boult (3-49) and Colin de Grandhomme (2-50) dismissed Aaron Finch (3), Steven Smith (0), George Bailey (23) and Mitchell Marsh (0) to restrict the home side to 73 for four.

However, Warner (156) and Travis Head (37) resurrected the innings with a 105-run stand which came in almost 20 overs. Warner's fifty came off 61 deliveries while their 50-run stand with Head came in 68 deliveries.

Warner played with great determination and kept New Zealand bowlers at bay on tough conditions to bat on.

His century came off 95 deliveries and had 10 boundaries and a six in it. This was also his seventh ODI century in 2016 but the record for the most is held by Sachin Tendulkar who had nine.

Even though, New Zealand made a brief comeback with wickets of Head, Matthew Wade (14) and James Faulkner (13), Warner's brutal knock ensured Australia ended the innings at 264 for eight.

New Zealand raced to a brisk start of 42 for naught in the first eight overs with Tom Latham (28) being the aggressor.

The openers laid a solid stand of 44 runs but with the dismissal of Latham and Kane Williamson (13), the innings lost momentum and none of the batsmen looked comfortable out in the middle.

The required run-rate crossed six runs for the first time when Head (2-37) had the better of Guptill and BJ Watling (8).

New Zealand eventually were dismissed for 147 with Mitchell Starc (3-34), Pat Cummins (2-26), Faulkner (2-26) and Head sharing the wickets.

The 117-run victory ensured Australia completed 3-0 series victory. Warner bagged the man of the match and the man of the series as well.

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