Watch Australia vs New Zealand 3rd ODI
The dramatic stage for the final ODI of three in the tournament between Australia and New Zealand was set, as today’s match took place on the grounds where the same two teams encountered each other in last year’s World Cup Final. The tension was thick in the air and yet thinner than if the match were a decider. With Australia already 2-0 ahead, all that could be hoped for the Kiwis was that they could re-emerge to claim the conciliatory final match win.
However, Australia vs New Zealand would have none of it, as David Warner led the defense from the front, racking up a rock-solid score of 156 runs, despite having to struggle against the cold and lacking his otherwise reliable supporting cast in the rest of the Australian batting order, with no one else from that camp being able to make even a half century. Nonetheless, Travis Head did manage to stick it out with Warner close to the end of Warner’s dutiful performance, accruing a fair 37 runs for his efforts.
Although Warner was resiliently impressive, commendations must be showered upon the New Zealand bowlers, who came out with the attack on their minds when they strategized their deliveries. Trent Boult, who eventually ran out Warner himself, was handy, clipping the wickets of top-order batsmen such as Aaron Finch for 3 runs and Steven Smith, who was taken without being able to add a single run to his team’s tally. Colin de Grandhomme was also up to his usual best, claiming Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade for 14 and 13 runs respectively.
Meanwhile, New Zealand could not get past the fast bowling duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, alongside off break bowler, Travis Head, who all helped wipe out any hopes New Zealand had held of surpassing the 264 runs set by Australia. New Zealand experienced a stark contrast from their very promising start with the ball on the other side of the innings.
Overall, the final day had its incredible moments that set the place on fire. However, the low spectator turnout based perhaps on the already decided winners of the tournament somewhat undermined the luster of the whitewash. On the other hand, a win is a win and deserves to be celebrated as much as a win watched by the world. Australia vs New Zealand