Australia suffered a major collapse for the third consecutive ODI. But a surprising rearguard action gave the hosts a chance against New Zealand in the second match at Cairns.
After losing the toss and called to bat
After losing the toss and being called to bat, Australia scored 9–195 in their 50 overs at 8–117. The last two wickets were of 78 runs and lasted for almost 14 overs. Mitchell Starc scored 38 off 45, Josh Hazlewood scored 23 off 16 and Adam Zampa scored 16 off 21 balls.
The cost of the 10th wicket alone was 47 runs.
Ian Smith said in commentary, “It goes away when you are the fielding side.
In reply, New Zealand scored 3–14 after 10 overs after Mitchell Starc dismissed Martin Guptill at first slip in the first over. Australia almost had a second wicket off the next ball due to a running mix, but a misfield and a loose throw from Sean Abbott, followed by a miss with the glove of Alex Carey. New Zealand off the hook.
“Shocking,” said Smith. “Saturday morning is in the green of the village.”
New Zealand could not go quickly and fell for two wickets in the ninth over with Sean Abbott dismissing Devon Conway, who was caught at fine leg.
Abbott, playing his sixth ODI, made a two-wicket maiden in his first over. In which Tom Latham gave the second catch to Aaron Finch at first slip.
New Zealand were 3–14 after 10 overs, making it the country’s worst ODI total inside the Powerplay.
Under siege opener Aaron Finch was first in the shade for a second-ball duck, when Matt Henry was caught after a loose drive over cover. Finch is in conflict with the T20 World Cup in ODI cricket, with his last seven scores: 0, 5, 5, 1, 15, 0 and 0.
Former selector and Australian great Mark Waugh on Fox Cricket
Before the game, former selector and Australia great Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket that time is running out for Finch. “Now or never. I think he has these two games. He has to show something in these two games.”
“He wouldn’t have been in the side if he hadn’t been the captain.”