Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    49.6 Boult splatters the stumps at the non-striker's end and catches Warner short from the last delivery of the innings. Pinpoint yorker just outside leg, Warner, having backed away outside leg, jams it towards short extra cover. Boult runs in, then to his right, and throws the stumps down. Excellent work 264/8
    1.5 Another failure for Finch, he picks out Nicholls to perfection at shortish square leg. Good length and Boult finds inswing again. Finch looks to thump it down the ground from outside off with no feet, he can only drag an inside edge, which carries to Nicholls. That looked ungainly from Finch 6/1
    3.6 Boult strikes again. After bowling six deliveries on off or outside off, Boult brings this one back into the hips with the angle from around the stumps. Teases Smith to flick, despite the presence of two catching midwickets and a shortish square leg. The Australia captain shuffles across off, but can't keep it down. He holes out to Nicholls too at shortish square leg, falling into the leg-side trap. He goes for a seven-ball duck 11/2
    18.3 soft ball, soft dismissal. Spooned to midwicket. Early Christmas present for Santner and de Grandhomme. Good length holds its line on off, the batsman perhaps plays a bit early and lobs a simple catch. Santner did not even have to budge 73/3
    18.5 De Grandhomme strikes twice in three balls. Marsh could consider himself unlucky. Just short of a good length and on off stump. Marsh is cramped for room as he aims to punch through the covers. But he is stapled to the crease He manages a thick inside-edge, which hits the front leg and then ricochets onto the top of the stumps 73/4
    39.1 pre-meditated. Good delivery from Santner. Head moves across perhaps looking for an expansive shot through the off side. But Santner gets it to drift away from around the stumps and Head is far away from the line of the ball as a result. It does not turn much either, so he can't get anywhere close to it and the ball crashes into the stumps 178/5
    45.2 Wade pre-meditates a slog-sweep. Santner is smart with his variations in pace. He held this back, 78ks. Wade gets it high on the bat and holes out to deep midwicket 226/6
    49.3 full and just outside off, Faulkner plonks his front leg forward and swings early, slower delivery from Boult. The batsman skies a catch to long-on 262/7
    not out
    18 (lb 5, nb 2, w 11)
    264/8 (50 Overs, RR: 5.28)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Aaron Finch, 1.5 ov), 2-11 (Steven Smith, 3.6 ov), 3-73 (George Bailey, 18.3 ov), 4-73 (Mitchell Marsh, 18.5 ov), 5-178 (Travis Head, 39.1 ov), 6-226 (Matthew Wade, 45.2 ov), 7-262 (James Faulkner, 49.3 ov), 8-264 (David Warner, 49.6 ov)
    TG Southee1024504.50353030
    TA Boult1014934.90376020
    LH Ferguson805006.25233132
    MJ Santner904324.77272110
    C de Grandhomme1005025.00263020
    KS Williamson10303.0030000
    C Munro201909.5030200
    15.1 oh, what a catch! It's Bailey this time. Didn't fling himself full length like Smith in the previous match, but it was a remarkable catch nonetheless and very tough. It was fuller outside and Guptill could not keep his drive along the ground. The ball lobs over the head of Bailey at short cover and he leaps up to snaffle it. Timed his jump to perfection and his back formed an almost uncomfortable arch as he took it. Guptill is livid. New Zealand now need to be careful 79/3
    8.6 oh, dear! Picks out square leg on the flick. It was a good length ball and Latham used the angle well to flick it. Timed it to perfection but could not place it as he would have liked. The ball goes straight to Faulkner at square leg. Simple catch and Latham's promising innings comes to an end 44/1
    13.6 and the on-field decision stays. It was a short of good length ball that was angling. Williamson moved across to get outside the line of the ball and flick it away to the leg side. But he perhaps moved away too much and ended up playing around the pad and the ball hits the front pad. Nigel Llong raised his finger but Williamson reviews it. Only way this can get overturned is if the angle takes it down leg. It is quite sharp but it seems as though it will be umpire's call. In fact, it's hitting the inside of the leg stump 74/2
    16.6 oh, gone. That's the perfect yorker. There aren't too many bowlers in world cricket today who bowl that delivery better than Starc. It was an attacking line and on the stumps. Nicholls was looking to bring his bat down to squeeze it out but the ball swings in late to beat the bat and rattle leg stump 83/4
    28.2 rip-roaring reverse-swinging yorker. Late inward shape for the fast bowler. Clatters into the leg stump. Every time Smith wants to break the stand, he turns to Starc, and his bowler delivers. Munro attempts a whip or a drive, and is beaten for pace. The ball shot through even before the left-hander could bring his bat down 126/7
    21.5 an appeal for lbw, not given. Did it straighten enough? It may have pitched outside leg. Smith and Head converge and challenge the on-field call. RTS does not detect an inside edge. It pitched in line, hitting off stump. Three reds flash on the big screen. Umpire Llong's on-field call is reversed. Watling attempted to sweep again, but made no contact this time 98/5
    24.4 Head probably was late to pick up the ball. He runs in from deep square leg, dives forward, and pouches it. It jams the fingers under the ball; Head clings onto it nevertheless. Clean catch. NZ six down and sinking. Dug in short and outside off, De Grandhomme swivels on the back foot. Pulls and miscues it to the fielder 113/6
    30.6 not quite a yorker, very full and reverses in, Santner plays down the wrong line, and is beaten for pace too. Trapped in front of middle 139/8
    33.4 Southee's chancy stay comes to and end with a miscue to extra cover. It was the slower ball and Southee was forward looking for a big hit over long-off. The lack of pace means he does not get the timing right and he skews it off the high end of the bat to Warner who settles under it at extra cover 143/9
    not out
    36.1 oh, what a way to finish! It's Smith again. Took a stunner in the previous game. This one's as good if not better than the one in the previous ODI. He dived to his left on that occasion; this time, flings himself full-length to his right to snaffle a blinder at second slip. It was a slower back of a length ball from Cummins and Boult backs away and looks to open the face of his bat to steer it. Gets himself into an awkward position and skews it off a healthy outside edge 147/10
    6 (lb 2, w 4)
    147 all out (36.1 Overs, RR: 4.06)
    Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Tom Latham, 8.6 ov), 2-74 (Kane Williamson, 13.6 ov), 3-79 (Martin Guptill, 15.1 ov), 4-83 (Henry Nicholls, 16.6 ov), 5-98 (BJ Watling, 21.5 ov), 6-113 (Colin de Grandhomme, 24.4 ov), 7-126 (Colin Munro, 28.2 ov), 8-139 (Mitchell Santner, 30.6 ov), 9-143 (Tim Southee, 33.4 ov), 10-147 (Trent Boult, 36.1 ov)
    MA Starc1033433.40464020
    JR Hazlewood712213.14291010
    PJ Cummins5.102625.03173010
    JP Faulkner702623.71263000
    TM Head703725.28182100

Match Details


Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Australia won the 3-match series 3-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05

Match days

09 December 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Notes

Bad start


Score at which Aus lost their first 2 wickets - the second-lowest for them at MCG in 40 ODIs since 2000. They were 2-down for 2 vs WI in 2012-13 here.

A record year


No. of 100s for Warner in ODIs this year - the joint second-most by any batsman. Only Tendulkar (9 in 1998) had more; Ganguly also made 7 in 2000.

Warner's show


Percent of runs by Warner in this inns - the second-highest for Australia in a completed ODI inns. Highest is 60.73% by Martyn (116* in 191) v NZ, Auckland, 2000.