Kiwis Seal Series, Baz says ‘Good Bye’ to ODIs

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Hamilton: New Zealand have registered an emphatic win over their long-time rivals Australia in the third ODI here at the Seddon Park on Monday and sealed the three-match ODI series 2-1.

The Black Caps comprehensively defeated the World champions by 55 runs in the decider of the three-match ODI series.

Chasing a measurable 247 run target, the Kangaroos fell sort by 55 runs and were bundled out for 191 runs.

The Kiwis never gave the visitors a chance of relaxation by denying their batsmen to be settled at the crease as the bowlers had picked wickets in regular intervals.

Opener Usman Khawaja was the highest scorer with 44 runs to his name off just 36 deliveries. Though, former Aussie skipper George Bailey and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh tried to be settled but failed to do so. However, they made the highest partnership of their innings as they added 59 runs for the fifth wicket.

Marsh scored 41 runs off just 42 deliveries while Bailey took 60 balls for his 33 run-innings.

Pacer Matt Henry bagged three wickets while Corey Anderson and Ish Sodhi picked two wickets each. Adam Milne and Doug Bracewell also pocketed a wicket each.

Previously, the toss had gone in favour of the visitors but Aussie skipper Steve Smith had chosen to bowl first.

McCullum entering field in his final ODI at Seddon Park
McCullum entering field in his final ODI at Seddon Park

The hosts’ openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum had started off well. It was the last ODI for the veteran wicket-keeper/batsman McCullum.

McCullam thanked the crowd by raising his bat after getting out in his final ODI
McCullam thanked the crowd by raising his bat after getting out in his final ODI

He played his natural destructive game and scored a magnificent 47 off just 27 deliveries, including six boundaries and three maximums with a strike-rate of near 174.07.

Mitchell Marsh picked his crucial wicket as he along with Guptill had made a terrific 84-run opening stand in just 9.2 overs.

Baz raised his bat as he thanked the crowd for supporting him for such a long time.

The hosts managed to score 246 runs before loosing all their wickets. Guptill was the highest scorer with 59 runs to his name while all-rounder Grant Elliot also played a solid 50-run knock, batting down the order.

Marsh bagged three wickets while Josh Hazlewood, John Hastings and Scott Boland picked two wickets each.