Aus vs NZ 1st ODI: Smith’s career-high 164 steers hosts to comeback win

Australia v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Sydney
Australia 8 for 324 (Smith 164, Head 52) beat New Zealand 256 (Guptill 114, Hazlewood 3-49) by 68 runs

Interestingly this mid year, Steven Smith could not stop under performing. In the Tests against South Africa, he didn’t win a solitary hurl, didn’t deal with a hundred, didn’t lead his side to a triumph until the series was dead and buried. However, a brave change of formation and lineup paid dividend brought a change of fortunes.

Smith won the hurl, pillaged for himself the most elevated ODI score ever scored at the SCG, then took a genuinely noteworthy catch as Australia secured a 1-0 lead in the Chappell-Hadlee series.


There were different highlights in a match that completed as a 68-run triumph for Australia. Martin Guptill, without precedent for 41 innings against Australia over all arrangements, impacted a century. Travis Head struck a fifty to help Australia post 8 for 324. Josh Hazlewood took three wickets. Colin Munro gave New Zealand the faintest flash of a late trust with 49. In any case, after Smith’s commitments, everything else felt insignificant by examination.

In 153 one-day internationals at the SCG, no one has ever scored more than the 164 Smith gathered in this diversion. It was likewise the equivalent seventh-most elevated score by an Australian in an ODI, and in addition Smith’s best in every one of one-day cricket. His innings was the key contrast between the sides, despite the fact that the standard of handling maybe ran a nearby second, for New Zealand were strangely messy and furnished Smith and Head with expensive let-offs.

Smith was dropped on 13 when he looked Trent Boult down leg and the wicketkeeper BJ Watling grassed a possibility jumping to one side. In the event that it wasn’t precisely simple, nor was it unattainable: Watling later pouched a fundamentally the same as take to dispose of George Bailey. A much less difficult open door went asking when Head was on 7, as he drove Jimmy Neesham to mid-off, where Matt Henry spilled a sitter. Smith and Head went ahead to construct a 127-run association.

The day had begun in more propitious design for New Zealand. In the first over of the match, Aaron Finch played on to Henry for a brilliant duck, and David Warner likewise cleaved on inside the initial ten overs of the amusement, giving debutant Lockie Ferguson a lady worldwide wicket in his first over. Watling’s jumping bring down leg off Neesham disposed of George Bailey for 17, and when Smith’s straight drive flew through Neesham’s hands and ran out Mitchell Marsh for 1, Australia were 4 for 92.

For all the different donors en route, this was a win for Smith, a day while all that he touched swung to Australian gold.



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