New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI Match Report – 6 December 2016

Australia managed to claim the Chappell-Hadlee-Trophy due to its huge victory by 116 runs against New Zealand at Canberra on Tuesday. Thanks to none other than David Warner who scored 119 runs in 115 balls only to help kangaroos reach 378 for the loss of just 5 wickets. The batting performance of kiwis was far less than required and they only managed to make 262 runs. Kiwis tried hard in chasing such grand total and they started well but fall of Jimmy Neesham’s wicket when he was playing at 74 was the point when the hopes of kiwi fans started to vanish. Neesham made 125 runs partnership with captain Kane Williamson. The skipper scored an impressive 81 runs in 80 balls but it was less than the demand of the situation. Things might have turned the other way around if they had one more batsman with an impressive past record.

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There are only two times that Australia scored a total higher than this one. Captain Steve Smith also did what was expected from him and scored 72 runs out of 76 balls followed by Travis Head who made 57 from 32. Mitchell Marsh played an exploding inning of 76 runs not out in just 40 balls.

New Zealand really needed to win this match in order to retain any hopes to win the series but now it’s too late. Warner accomplished his 10th ODI hundred with this one. As we can see, he is in a spectacular form because it was his third hundred in the last five matches that he played. He also said that the wicket was fantastic adding that once you could keep the wickets in hand you could even make 100 runs in last 10 overs.

Smith said that they needed a lot of things to go right in order to get a huge total like this. Williamson complemented Australia by giving a statement that “Australia is one of the best sides in the world but at home, they are the best side in the world.”