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Warner, Cummins complete series win for Australia

Warner, Cummins complete series win for Australia
David Warner scored a fine century for Australia

Australia 378-5 (Warner 119) beat
New Zealand 262 (Williamson 81) by 116 runs
Second One-Day International in Canberra

David Warner scored a blistering century while Pat Cummins picked a four-wicket haul as Australia went on to defeat New Zealand by 116 runs in the second One-Day International in Canberra to seal the series 2-0.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. Warner (119) scored a boundary in the second over to set the tone for the innings.

He brought the 50-run stand with Aaron Finch (19) in 55 deliveries as Australia completed the first powerplay with a score of 54 for naught.

The 68-run stand finally ended when Finch was castled by Mitchell Santner (1-47). Even though, New Zealand tried to gain control of the game with some quiet overs, Warner reached his fifty off 56 deliveries.

Steven Smith (74) continued his form from the previous game and brought the fifty-run stand with Warner off 67 deliveries. By the 25th over, Australia reached 126 for one.

Warner decided to up the ante when he smashed two boundaries in the 26th over. The pair looked in ominous touch as they toyed with the New Zealand bowling attack.

The pair also brought the 100-run stand off 123 deliveries and an over later, Warner brought his third century in the last five innings.

Between overs 34 and 36, Smith and Warner amassed 32 runs with the Australian captain completing another half-century. New Zealand made a brief comeback when they dismissed both the set batsmen but Travis Head (57) and Mitchell Marsh (76 not out) ensured they batted the Black Caps out of the game.

Head reached his fifty off 29 deliveries and soon was dismissed after that but Marsh carried on after a 33-ball half-century and smashed seven sixes and two boundaries in his unbeaten 40-ball knock to take Australia to 378 for five in the 50 overs.

Martin Guptill (45) started the innings with a couple of boundaries in the first over but New Zealand lost Tom Latham (4) cheaply. Before even Latham got off the mark, Guptill had smashed three boundaries and a six.

Guptill's 33-ball onslaught ended when he edged one to the keeper off Cummins (4-41). But the chase was brought on track when Williamson (81) and James Neesham (74) got together.

The pair added 125 runs off just 135 deliveries as New Zealand reached 177 in the 31st over. Neesham reached his fifty off 61 deliveries while Williamson brought his own in 57 balls.

Once the duo fell, the rest of the batting failed to carry on the momentum as the Australian bowlers struck at regular intervals to dismiss New Zealand for 262 in 47.2 overs.

The 116-run victory helped Australia clinch the series 2-0. Warner bagged the player of the match.

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