Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10pm It was Smith's day at the SCG. He was reprieved on 13, and 152, and went on to rack up 164 - the highest individual score at this venue. His century and Head's half-century propelled Australia to 324 for 8 from 92 for 4. Smith then pulled off a scorching catch when he barely had any time to react to send back Watling.

Guptill's 11th ODI century, filled with trademark drives and lofts - lit up New Zealand's steep chase, but it fizzled out once Zampa struck twice in five balls. Cummins and Marsh then took care of the tail to seal a 68-run victory.

Kane Williamson, NZ captain: If we reflect back, we bowled poorly in the middle stage. A lot of credit should go to Steve. I think we were good in patches, and not so good in some, which left us a tall total to chase. Smith upped the ante with Head, and that sort of took the game away from us. We learnt a few lessons going into the next one. Guptill's was fantastic hundred - one of his better hundreds - and gave us a chance. It will be a quick turnaround for us.

Steven Smith, Australia captain and Man of the Match: I got a bit of luck. I was probably out lbw at one point. Nice to get my highest score at my home ground and post a huge total. I landed straight on my face [after taking the catch of Watling]. Have a sore jaw. Ones like that stick. We were able to get over the line, which was the most pleasing thing. Cummins was probably nervous at the start, nice to see him comeback and bowl with aggression. I am sure New Zealand will hit back hard.

Justin: "Good win to Australia but all is not lost for the visitors. NZ will enjoy Manuka Oval. Good pitch and small ground will make them feel right at home"

Vangmayj: "Munro has been disappointing. Just doesn't look comfortable in hitting boundaries which is supposed to be the reason he's in the team. Need better, more selfless innings than these if he wants to be a permanent fixture in this NZ team. "

Arjuna: "@Adarsh . Gillespie just said Starc and hazlewood will become the best new ball pair for Australia. I don't think he is underrated."

Otaku090: "Henry made 27 runs by hitting 4 fours and 1 six, while Munro made 47 hitting same number of boundaries. Interesting. "

That is all we have for you from this game. Thanks for tuning in. Looking forward to your company for the second ODI on Tuesday. Goodnight and cheers for now.

44.2
W
Marsh to Ferguson, OUT, Chopped on. Australia go 1-0 up. The middle stump is pegged back. Back of a length and slanted in, Ferguson aims to force it through the off side. Ends up playing it on. He bags a three-ball duck on international debut

LH Ferguson b Marsh 0 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

44.1
1
Marsh to Boult, 1 run, slower full toss on off, clipped away to midwicket

END OF OVER:
44 | 3 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 255/9 (70 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.79, RRR: 11.66)

  • Lockie Ferguson0 (2b)
  • Trent Boult0 (0b)
  • Pat Cummins9-0-62-2
  • Mitchell Marsh8-1-37-1
43.6
0
Cummins to Ferguson, no run, full and curves in, inside-edged onto the pad
43.5
W
Cummins to Munro, OUT, Bailey tracks down another skier. This is tougher. He moves about 30 metres to his left from extra cover and pouches it near the mid-off region. Slower full ball outside off, Munro slogs and holes out for 49

C Munro c Bailey b Cummins 49 (91m 59b 4x4 1x6) SR: 83.05

43.4
1lb
Cummins to Ferguson, 1 leg bye, very full and slants in, takes the pad and wanders away through square leg
43.3
1
Cummins to Munro, 1 run, very full and wide outside off, carved down to third man

Here is Ferguson with the bat on ODI debut

43.2
W
Cummins to Henry, OUT, full and outside off, right in the hitting slot. Henry clears his front leg and swipes the slower one in the air. He plays early. He gets more height as opposed to distance. Bailey runs in from deep midwicket and tracks down the skier. First wicket for Cummins on return

MJ Henry c Bailey b Cummins 27 (28m 15b 4x4 1x6) SR: 180.00

43.1
1
Cummins to Munro, 1 run, short and outside off, sits up, shovel-pulled away to deep midwicket

END OF OVER:
43 | 4 Runs | NZ: 252/7 (73 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.86, RRR: 10.42)

  • Matt Henry27 (14b)
  • Colin Munro47 (56b)
  • Mitchell Marsh8-1-37-1
  • Pat Cummins8-0-60-0
42.6
0
Marsh to Henry, no run, fuller and outside off, possibly slower, wild swing and a miss
42.6
1w
Marsh to Henry, 1 wide, wide yorker outside off, too wide, according to the umpire. Henry reaches out and does not connect
42.5
1
Marsh to Munro, 1 run, short and slow outside off, 111.6ks, slapped away to sweeper cover's right
42.4
0
Marsh to Munro, no run, slower bouncer on middle, 110ks, half-ducks under it
42.3
0
Marsh to Munro, no run, even slower, 113ks, guided to short third man
42.2
0
Marsh to Munro, no run, 114.2ks slower one outside off, swish and a miss

Adarsh: "Must say Josh Hazlewood is the most underrated limited overs bowler in Aussies squad. All eyes are on Starc always. Picks up wickets at regular interval and his accuracy is always impeccable. Even today picking up 3 wickets at the rate of 4.90 on a high scoring game tilted the game in favor of Aussies."

42.1
2
Marsh to Munro, 2 runs, full and wide outside off, slashes a drive to sweeper cover

END OF OVER:
42 | 13 Runs | NZ: 248/7 (77 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.90, RRR: 9.62)

  • Matt Henry27 (13b)
  • Colin Munro44 (51b)
  • Pat Cummins8-0-60-0
  • Adam Zampa10-0-66-2
41.6
4
Cummins to Henry, FOUR runs, length ball on middle, clears his front leg and meatily clubs it away for a one-bounce four to long-on
41.5
1
Cummins to Munro, 1 run, Munro plays it to midwicket and sets off. A direct hit from Warner could have dismissed him
41.4
4
Cummins to Munro, FOUR runs, tucked away square of short fine leg, Marsh runs around the ball, chases, then makes a mess of the slide, the batsman gets four. Marsh just dragged the ball along with him to the boundary boards
41.4
1w
Cummins to Munro, 1 wide, off-side wide
41.3
1
Cummins to Henry, 1 run, back of a length on middle, slogged away to deep midwicket

Zampa's year

30

No. of wkts for Adam Zampa in ODIs this year - the most by any bowler. He went past Hastings and Rashid who had 29. Santner was Zampa's 30th scalp.

Rare opener's ton

3

No. of NZ openers to score an ODI century against Aus, including Guptill. Other two: Bruce Edgar 102*, MCG, 1981 and Nathan Astle 104, Napier, 2000.

Smith equals Ponting

164

Smith's score in this match - the joint-highest by an Australia captain. Ponting had also made 164 against SA at Wanderers in 2006.

Smith's highest

149

Previous highest score for Steven Smith in ODIs which had come against India at WACA in January this year. Smith has gone past that score in this inns.

Captain Smith

2

No. of Aus captains to score 1000+ ODI runs in a year. Smith is the second to do so after Ponting who did it 4 times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009).

Smith's milestone

2

No. of batsmen to score 1000+ runs in ODIs this year. Steven Smith is the second to get there, in this match, after David Warner.

After a long time

2007

Last time an Aus opener got a duck in ODIs at SCG, before Finch in this match - Gilchrist v Eng. Overall Finch's is the 9th duck by an Aus opener at SCG.

Neighbours at SCG

10-2

Aus's win-loss record against NZ in ODIs at SCG in last 30 years. However, Aus are coming with a 5-0 whitewash against SA in their last series.