Marcus Stoinis, playing his second ODI, walked in with Australia at 54 for 5 chasing 287, and he took them within seven runs of the target with an incredible 146 not out.
@MStoinis that was some serious striking. Well played! Bad luck boys.— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) January 30, 2017
Take a bow - @MStoinis! Practice with a purpose pays off! Proud of you, Oil!— KP (@KP24) January 30, 2017
Bad luck Marcus Stoinis. He perhaps has played the greatest ODI innings!#NZvAUS— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 30, 2017
That is aSTOINIShing. On so many levels. #NZvAUS— Adam White (@White_Adam) January 30, 2017
Must be something in the air at Eden Park that produces classic matches. What a hand from Marcus Stoinis. NZ just held their nerve. #NZvAUS— Dileep Premachandran (@SpiceBoxofEarth) January 30, 2017
Along with Josh Hazlewood, Stoinis put on 54 for the tenth wicket. Hazlewood didn't face a single ball during the 24-ball partnership. He was run out at the non-striker's end after having moved out of his crease for a non-existent single, with Kane Williamson, who positioned himself at silly mid-on, hitting the stumps with an underarm throw.
Oh no... Hazelwood !!! What a finish #ChappellHadlee Take a bow Marcus Stoinis ... unbelievable innings !!! I really did enjoy that game— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) January 30, 2017
Hell of a game...only Australia...only bloody Australia. So godamn hard to beat.— Mark Richardson (@markmywordsAM) January 30, 2017
Brilliant captaincy by Kane Williamson to firstly place himself in that unorthodox position and then inflict a direct hit. #ausvnz— Gav_Joshi_Aus (@Gampa_cricket) January 30, 2017
Memories of a famous World Cup match in 1999?
Hazelwood choked Donald style there, embarrassing stuff. Gotta feel for Stoinis. Stunning innings.— Rob Moody (@robelinda2) January 30, 2017
Some saw the funny side of things, such as recall an infamous incident.
So Australia needed 6 to tie and we won it with an underarm. Brilliant! #NZvsAUS— Buretto (@Buretto77) January 30, 2017
The way Stoinis was going, New Zealand were fortunate to take a 1-0 lead in the series.