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New Zealand overcome Marcus Stoinis brilliance to win thriller

Marcus Stoinis (left) almost pulled out an impossible chase for Australia
Marcus Stoinis (left) almost pulled out an impossible chase for Australia

New Zealand 286-9 (Broom 73) beat
Australia 280 (Stoinis 146 no) by six runs
First One-Day International in Auckland

A brilliant unbeaten century and a three-wicket haul from Marcus Stoinis was not enough as New Zealand managed to win the first One-Day International in Auckland against New Zealand by six runs to go 1-0 lead in the series.

Just when Australia needed seven runs to win off the last 19 deliveries, Kane Williamson effected a brilliant run-out at non-striker end to dismiss Josh Hazlewood to end Stoinis brilliance go in vain.

A late injury to Matthew Wade saw Aaron Finch lead the team and he decided to field first on winning the toss.

Mitchell Starc (1-59) struck in the third over as Tom Latham (7) edged one behind the stumps but Martin Guptill (61) along with Williamson (24) resurrected the innings with a 74-run stand.

The New Zealand captain became Stoinis' first dismissal when he was caught at backward point while Ross Taylor (16) was castled by Travis Head (1-21) in the 23rd over. In between the two dismissal, Guptill completed a 47-ball fifty.

Stoinis dented New Zealand when he removed both Guptill and Colin Munro (2) in successive overs as the Black Caps were 138 for five at the end of 26 overs.

A 76-run stand between Neil Broom (73) and James Neesham (48) provided some respite for the home team as they went past the 200-run mark. Neesham was put down by Shaun Marsh in the 31st over but he continued playing aggressively.

However, Hazlewood (1-48) returned back to remove Neesham two runs short of a deserving half-century after he was caught at deep midwicket. By the end of 40 overs, New Zealand were 215 for six.

Broom completed a 56-ball fifty and ensured New Zealand reached 286 for nine in the 50 overs. Stoinis was the pick of the Australian bowlers with a three-wicket haul.

New Zealand were dealt a major blow as Trent Boult (2-58) removed both the openers Finch (4) and Head (5) in the fourth over.

The wickets continued to tumble for the visitors as Mitchell Santner (3-44) and Tim Southee (1-63) accounted for the wickets of Marsh (16) and Peter Handscomb (7) respectively while Lockie Ferguson (2-44) struck twice in quick succession dismissing Glenn Maxwell (20) and Sean Heazlett (4). Australia were 67 for six at that stage.

Stoinis (146 not out) tried to rebuild the innings with James Faulkner (25) and in the process the required run rate crossed eight by the 30th over mark.

Stoinis struck back-to-back sixes in the 31st over to reach a 64-ball fifty but his 81-run stand with Faulkner ended when the latter was castled by Munro (1-20).

Australia were in no mood to give up as Stoinis had the support of Pat Cummins (36) with a 48-run stand and the visitors needed 91 runs from the final nine overs after the latter was stumped off Santner (3-44).

The 42nd over bowled by Neesham (0-49) saw Stoinis struck three sixes and was also dropped by Williamson. However, in the next over Mitchell Starc (3) was caught in the deep to give Santner his third wicket.

With four sixes and two more boundaries in the next two overs, Stoinis comfortably went past the three-figure mark leaving Australia 26 to win from the final five overs.

Stoinis looked in a hurry to finish the game after he smashed two more maximums in the 47th over but a brilliant effort from Williamson at short mid on saw him run out Hazlewood (0) and complete a six-run victory for the Black Caps.

Despite, ending on the losing side, Stoinis was awarded the man of the match for his all-round performance.

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