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Martin Guptill wants better effort from New Zealand with ball

Martin Guptill wants better effort from New Zealand with ball
Martin Guptill also crossed the 500-run mark in the first game.
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New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill lamented on his side's inability to bowl well in the middle overs after the 68-run defeat to Australia in the first One-Day International in Sydney.

After restricting Australia to 92 for four at one stage, the New Zealand bowlers let the home team off the hook allowing them to score 324 for eight in the 50 overs riding on a mammoth 164 runs from Steven Smith along with support from Travis Head and Matthew Wade.

During the innings, Smith survived a close call for LBW which New Zealand failed to review but replays indicated that he was struck in front.

Guptill, who led New Zealand's reply with a century is confident that the Black Caps have learnt their lessons from the defeat.

"We probably didn't bowl as well as we could have in the middle stages and at the end," Guptill said.

"It is a bit disappointing.

"We know we're better than that. We're going do our best in a couple of days if we have them in that situation again to really put the foot down."

The second game of the Chappell Hadlee trophy between Australia and New Zealand will be played in Canberra on Tuesday.

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