two in two for Santner and it's all done and dusted at Eden Park! Hastings slogs at a slow one and mis-hits it towards long-on, Guptill runs in and slides to take a well-judged catch. Josh Hazlewood is stranded at the other end and is yet to open his account in ODI cricket after playing 15 matches
8.12 pm New Zealand lead the Chappell-Hadlee series 1-0 after a 159-run demolition of Australia. The Eden Park crowd rises to applaud the New Zealand team as they walk off the ground, McCullum leading them off this venue for the final time in international cricket. He scored 44 off 28 balls today and entertained them with his trademark, cavalier approach. Henry Nicholls batted really well too, and though New Zealand fell away towards the end of their innings they got plenty in the end. Matt Henry and Trent Boult taking three wickets each to shred Australia's top six inside ten overs.
srijan: "Last time they made 151, now only 148. Not a place where they want to be."
Divy: "Not sure how much difference would Starc and Cummins made here. Even if NZ was shot out for 230, this bowling attack is more than handy in thses conditions. Australia haven't succeeded overseas for a long time now. Whether it be spin or swing."
grant: "Australia were keeping up with the required run rate. All they needed was another 10 wickets. Well done NZ"
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Steve Smith: "We are going to have to move on quickly. I thought we pulled it back quite well, Guptill and McCullum got off to a great start, we pulled it back. 300 was par on this ground but we lost early wickets in the end. It was probably more the top order - six wickets in ten overs, you aren't going to win many games after that."
Brendon McCullum: "Was a really good performance, we could have got a few more but at half time we were really happy. 280 was par, we were happy with 300. It slowed up as the game went on, one of our tactical plays was to ry and score as much as we could early on, it wasn't the old fashioned way of building and scoring at the end, we had to capitalise against the new ball. I thought Nicholls' presence at the crease was outstanding, to put together a partnership with Gup, they allowed us to get across 300."
The Man of the Match is Martin Guptill for his 90 off 76 balls. "I love playing here, home crowd and a good batting wicket, short boundaries and you have got to make the most of it." Word.
The second game of this series is on Saturday, do join us then. That's all I've got for you today on the ball-by-ball commentary. Thank you for all your emails, they doing the commentary more enjoyable. And thank you for reading. Cheers.
and he strikes first ball! Richardson backs away towards leg and slogs at a slow one outside off, he lofts it tamely in the air off the bottom of the bat and Williamson runs from mid-off to extra cover to take the catch
Finally McCullum gives Mitchell Santner, the left-arm spinner, a bowl.
full and straight, nearly in the blockhole, the batsman keeps it out
Noman: "Pakistan fan here... Watching this demolition makes me feel a whole lot better!" Such schadenfreude.
backs away towards leg but then checks his shot because the length is fuller, played towards mid off for a single
backs away towards leg and slogs again at a bouncer, he's beaten
Milne ramps up the speed and bowls a short one, this time Richardson can't connect with his swing
backs away to a short of a length ball and flat bats the ball towards long on, mid-on loses the chase again
Eli: "The phantom owns and runs a four square in Palmerston North. "
Richardson again! Clears his front foot and lofts a full ball far over the long on boundary, that's in the first tier
lofts the ball towards long on, not timed well but the ball will still beat the fielder chasing from mid on
backs away towards leg and swats the short of a length ball to the cow corner boundary, that was the slower ball and it got battered with a flat bat
banged in short, Hastings ducks under it after moving towards leg, the bowler followed him
good length on a wicket to wicket line, Hastings backs away towards leg and defends on the off side
played off the hips behind square leg for a single
what a strike that is! Richardson moving forward to a full ball and lofting cleanly over the straight boundary, any batsman would have been proud to have played that shot
Henry is back ....
Chris: "Speaking of the Phantom - where is he these days? definitely didnt become a commentator... its like he's disappeared - like a phantom... DO you know George? or anyone else?" I don't know, hopefully he is enjoying a well-earned retirement.
no wicket maiden, clips a full ball to long leg for a single
the bouncer at 141kph, the batsman ducks, a chance at a wicket maiden here
banged in short, Richardson ducks under it
Riz: "I can't believe the amount of Aussie bashing here. Hubris? Maybe those dismissing the number one ranked ODI side with players like Warner, Smith, Bailey, Faulkner (and Khawaja in store) after one bad innings are the ones with hubris. And for the record, Australia has won 13, lost 8 in all formats for their four most recent away tours. What is NZ's record? India's?"
a full and straight ball, played back to the bowler
Richardson defends his first ball on the off side
and he's bowled Faulkner! That was a rash shot, Faulkner stepped out of his crease and swiped across the line at a length ball with a cross bat, Milne hit the top of off stump. Only two more to take for New Zealand. That ball cut into the right-hander just enough to beat the bat
Milne is back for a crack at the lower order.