New Zealand edge out Australia in a close game at Auckland

Stoinis produced a stellar show with the bat as Aussies fell short of a famous win

New Zealand held their nerves to overcome Australia in a close game by six runs in the first game of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy played at Eden Park in Auckland. Marcus Stoinis produced a valiant display with the bat as he notched up his maiden ton and nearly took his side over the line. He scored an unbeaten 146 runs but ran out of partners at the other end.

Australians in the chase were in all sorts of trouble placed at 67 for 6 when Stoinis decided to take charge of the innings. He went on to counter attack the Kiwi bowling lineup and keep his side in the hunt to get close to the score of 287 runs posted by New Zealand.

Stoinis played a blinder as he struck eleven sixes and nine boundaries to nearly pull off an improbable win from New Zealand. A mix-up between Stoinis and last man Hazlewood led to the latter being run-out to see the home side win the game by six runs and take 1–0 in the three match series.

Earlier in the day, Aaron Finch won the toss for Australia and decided to field first on a good strip prepared for batting at Eden Park. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill made a quick-fire 61 runs while Neil Broom also chipped with 73 runs to help the side post 287 runs on the board. Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis picked up three wickets apiece while Cummins was expensive on the night.

Australia will need to raise their game in the second game of the series against New Zealand. The hosts would need to maintain the consistency to close out the series at Napier on Thursday.

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