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Marsh, Hastings steer Australia home after middle order collapse

Marsh, Hastings steer Australia home after middle order collapse
Mitchell Marsh scored an unbeaten 68 and also picked two wickets in the Wellington ODI.
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Australia 283-6 (Warner 98) beat
New Zealand 281-9 (Williamson 60) by four wickets
Second One-Day International in Wellington

Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings put on an unbeaten 86-run stand for the seventh wicket as Australia chased down 282 against New Zealand with four wickets in hand in the second One-Day International in Wellington.

Earlier, Australia lost six wickets in a span of 75 runs in the middle overs during the chase which almost hampered the chance of leveling the series.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first with an unchanged side.

Brendon McCullum (28) seemed to be in a hurry, hitting three sixes and two boundaries in the first four overs, but his adventurous 12-ball innings ended when Scott Boland (2-61) castled him in the fifth over.

Josh Hazlewood (3-61) dropped a tough return chance off Martin Guptill (31) in the seventh over after which the New Zealand opener struck a couple of boundaries in the same over.

Kane Williamson (60) hit a couple of boundaries off Boland to take New Zealand to 57 for one at the end of the first powerplay.

Guptill brought the 50-run stand with Williamson with a boundary off 68 deliveries but fell in the same over to Marsh (2-30) who also claimed Henry Nicholls (4) in his next over.

Williamson reached his fifty off 71 deliveries while adding 63 runs with Grant Elliott (32) to resurrect the innings.

But Adam Zampa (2-57) got his maiden international wicket after deceiving Williamson, who chipped one to the covers.

In his next over, Zampa had Elliott as well to restrict the Black Caps to 163 for five in the 32nd over. Australia managed to pick wickets at regular intervals and New Zealand found themselves in deep trouble at 205 for six in the 41st over.

A 61-run stand for the ninth wicket between Mitchell Santner (45 not out) and Adam Milne (36) ensured New Zealand ended their innings at 281 for nine at the end of the 50 overs.

Hazlewood picked three wickets for Australia while Marsh, Boland and the debutant Zampa managed two wickets apiece.

Usman Khawaja (50) and David Warner (98) exerted early pressure on the New Zealand bowlers bringing the 50-run opening stand off just 36 deliveries.

Warner brought his half-century off 36 deliveries while also bring the century stand in the 13th over while Khawaja reached his maiden fifth off 48 deliveries as Australia were 121 for naught in 16 overs.

However, New Zealand got back into the game by conceding just 19 runs in the next five overs and picked three wickets as well.

Santner (3-47) managed to hold on a return catch to dismiss Khawaja while Matt Henry (2-57) removed Steven Smith (2) and George Bailey (0) off successive deliveries as Australia slipped to 133 for three.

Trent Boult (1-66) was brought back into the attack and he dismissed Glenn Maxwell (6) who dragged one on to the stumps.

From being 144 for four, Warner added a vital 47-run stand with Marsh (69 not out) to bring some respite.

However, it was Santner once again who broke the partnership after trapping Warner lbw two runs short of a deserving century. Even though the initial decision was not out, New Zealand made a good use the review to send Warner back.

In his next over, Santner went on to dismiss Matthew Wade (2) leaving Australia in a spot of bother at 197 for six, still needing 85 more to win

Marsh got struck into Henry in the 36th over hitting him for a couple of fours and a six while Hastings (48 not out) was getting into the groove with a couple of boundaries in the 40th over to take Australia to 243 for six.

Marsh reached his fifty off 46 deliveries and he along with Hastings ensured Australia reached the target in the 47th over with their unbeaten 86-run stand to ensure a four-wicket win for the visitors.

Marsh was awarded the man of the match as Australia went on to level the series 1-1 with one more game to go.

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