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Henry, Boult spells complete emphatic 159-run win for New Zealand

Henry, Boult spells complete emphatic 159-run win for New Zealand
Matt Henry (left) picked three wickets including that of Steven Smith (right).
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New Zealand 307-8 (Guptill 90) beat
Australia 148 (Boult 3-38) by 159 runs
First One-Day International in Auckland

Trent Boult and Matt Henry bowled devastating spells to dismiss the top six Australian batsmen inside nine overs ensuring a massive 159-run victory for New Zealand in the first One-Day International in Auckland and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Earlier, the victory was set by a 76-ball 90 from Martin Guptill which laid the platform for the New Zealand total of 307.

Australia won the toss and elected to field first on a flat track with short boundaries.

After a couple of quiet overs, Brendon McCullum (44) went berserk smoking Josh Hazlewood (2-68) for 20 runs in the third over which included two sixes and two boundaries.

Guptill (90) joined the action with a six followed by a couple of boundaries as New Zealand reached the 50-run mark in seven overs.

With a couple to long on, McCullum crossed 6000 runs in ODIs as New Zealand raced to 71 for naught in the first powerplay.

James Faulkner (2-67) provided the much needed breakthrough for Australia after castling McCullum and ending the 79-run opening stand.

Earlier, the victory was set by a 76-ball 90 from Martin Guptill which laid the platform for the New Zealand total of 307.

Kane Williamson (0) failed to trouble the scorers after he chipped one to Shaun Marsh at cover off Hazlewood. New Zealand were 81 for two at that stage.

The innings was resurrected by a 100-run stand for the third wicket between Guptill and Henry Nicholls (61).

Guptill was the aggressive among the two as he hit Kane Richardson (0-64) for a six and a four in the 15th over to bring his half-century off 47 deliveries.

The duo controlled the middle overs extremely well not allowing the likes of Glenn Maxwell (0-30) and Mitchell Marsh (2-35) to settle down.

After reaching 177 for two from 24 overs, the pair looked threatening to bat Australia out of the game until Guptill was run out in a bizarre manner. 

Just 10 runs short of the century, the swashbuckling opener scampered for a non-existent single to which Nicholls did not respond allowing Maxwell to seize on the opportunity with a direct hit.

Grant Elliott (21) tried to up the ante with a six and four but soon perished after he was caught at mid off.

Meanwhile, Nicholls reached his fifty with consecutive boundaries in the 31st over. Australia did claw their way back into the game with the wickets of Nicholls and Corey Anderson (10) in successive overs to keep down New Zealand to 238 for six in 40 overs. 

A steady unbeaten 39-ball knock from Mitchell Santner (35 not out) ensured New Zealand ended their innings at 307 for eight in the 50 overs. For Australia Hazlewood, Faulkner and Marsh shared six wickets equally between them.

The chase was hampered early by Henry (3-41) and Boult (3-38) as they dismissed the top six Australian batsmen inside nine overs.

Henry had Shaun (0) caught behind in the second over while Steven Smith (18) dragged a delivery on to the stumps in the sixth over.

Boult joined the act of destruction when he had Warner lbw in the next over. After consultation with George Bailey (2) at the other end, Warner decided not to review the decision even though the replays indicated that the ball was missing the stumps on height.

Bailey had a reprieve when he was dropped by Anderson (1-14) at mid wicket but he failed to make use of it as he was bowled by Henry couple of deliveries later.

The Australian innings sunk further as Boult produced a double-wicket ninth over to get rid off Maxwell (0) and Mitchell (0). 

A 79-run stand between Matthew Wade (37) and Faulkner (36) were the only respite in the innings as Australia reached 120 for six after 20 overs.

But the pair fell in successive overs as New Zealand closed on a massive win. Richardson (19) hit a couple of sixes and a four during his 13-ball knock, but Santner (0-2) struck twice in his first two deliveries to dismiss Australia for 148.

The 159-run victory allowed New Zealand to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Guptill was awarded the man of the match for his blistering knock of 90. 

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