Kia ora, mates! After the first Australian leg of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy in December, where Australia dominated over New Zealand and won the 3 match series 3-0, the action shifts to New Zealand for the second leg, a match series again, beginning with the first game today in Auckland!
New Zealand will be eyeing a comeback after having been subdued in every game in December, while Australia have troubles of their own.
With David Warner rested, Steve Smith ruled out with an injury and most recently, skipper for the series Matthew Wade out with having hurt his back, (Aaron Finch has been called into the side as replacement and stand in captain) a friend of mine had recently called New Zealand’s condition here as “lucky”.
News is in, Australia have won the toss, they’re going to bowl first!
The teams for today:
Kane Williamson (c)
Colin de Grandhomme
Tom Latham (wk)
Aaron Finch (c)
Peter Handscomb (wk)
And there it is! The trophy is unveiled, the anthems are done, and the batsmen walk out to the middle!
Ov. 0.0: With Guptill back in the side, he’s taken his place opening with Tom Latham. Guptill will face the opening ball, Mitchell Starc takes the ball for Australia!
0.1: Starc begins with a bouncer, clocking in a 139 kph. Talk about conventional. Guptill keeps it down, dot ball, and this match is underway!
There’s three runs and two singles off the first over of this match! NZ 5-0 after 1!
1.0: Josh Hazelwood is his bowling partner from the other end.
1.4: One-one-oh-one. Hazelwood bowling a bit on the fuller side.
1.5: There’s a thing about Australia-New Zealand matches. And that’s that the action doesn’t wait. Not till the last 10 overs, no.
2 overs into play, and there’s a chance already! Latham gets a thick edge on the ball, Shaun Marsh at second slip gets all due credit for trying, but it was beyond him.
Just a single though.
2 overs in, New Zealand 9-0!
2.1: Bang goes Latham! Half-volley on the ball, and it goes through extra cover, fielder falling around the ball as it helps itself to the boundary. Four runs, Starc the bowler!
2.5: But Starc has the final say! Bouncer to Latham, who misreads the bounce and nicks it again, but this time, it’s straight to the ‘keeper Handscomb! New Zealand lose their first wicket!
Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson is the next batsman to walk out to the middle!
2.6: 2 runs and he’s off the mark!
3 overs done, NZ 15-1!
Perfect start for Australia, early wickets can slow down any batting, even if just for a while.
Ov 4: Hazelwood with the ball, and he’s bowling full. Australia looking to capitalise on the first wicket’s fall, looking for an lbw here.
One-two-nought-one-four-one leg bye.
3.5: Four runs! A little width, Guptill comes down the track, and bangs it away!
For anyone with a dream of diving int’l advertising boards, Eden Park’s the place.
3.6: Looking for the lbw all over, Australia appeal! It’s close, above the pad, but Australia are really getting warmed up here.
End of 4 overs, NZ 24-1!
Over 5: Guptill cuts lose this over.
End of 5, NZ 36-1, and underway! Current RR: 7.2.
Ov 6: Pat Cummins comes in to the attack. Ah, that was not intended.
5 runs off the next over, with a boundary to Guptill, hitting a faster 147-gunner from Cummins! NZ 41-1!
Ov 7: Hazelwood keeps it tight! Williamson faces the entire over, 1 run off it. NZ 42-1!
Ov 8: 4 runs off Pat Cummins’ next. Australia drying up the runs, NZ 46-1!
Ov 9: 5 runs off it and a lovely boundary to Kane Williamson.
8.4: Williamson pulls a shorter one away to the ropes! -uh, advertising boards.
Brings up the Kiwi fifty!
End of 9, NZ 51-1! Williamson 13(23)(1×4) Guptill 29(22)(5×4)
Cummins 0-8(2) Hazelwood -0-18(4)
Ov 10: Pace and bounce, Cummins with the ball!
9.1: He begins with the bouncer.
9.3: Fuller, Guptill pushes it for 2 runs through square leg.
9.4: whawazat. A 144 kph bouncer, zings past Guptill who tries to hit it up, then misses the wicketkeeper behind him too. 5 wides!
9.6: Last ball, and four!
So 11 runs off that over, a fifth of an innings done and dusted, NZ 62-1!
- MJ Guptill 35 (28b 6×4) Cummins 3-0-19-0
- KS Williamson 13 (23b 1×4) Hazlewood 4-0-18-0
Ov 11: Here comes James Faulkner!
10.1: A single off his first delivery this match, a slightly pitched up delivery outside off, Williamson drags it across to the other side and runs it. That’s the fifty run partnership between Guptill and Williamson!
10.4: Four runs to the skip, over the third man boundary.
End of 11, and 7 runs off it! NZ 69-1!
Someday, maybe I’ll be sitting in the grounds with wires jacked up all around me, and while everyone around will be watching the batting, trying to catch the odd six in the crowd and drinking their drinks, I’ll be worrying about laptop battery and the glare on my screen and really be live blogging. Aah, blissful dreams. Perhaps the only things getting my up at 3:30 am!
Over 12: Cummins with the ball.
11.3: What do you do when the bouncer’s over your head? Stick your bat up through it, and send it over the ‘keeper’s head, and into the boards, like Guptill! Four runs!
6 runs off the over, NZ 75-1! RR up to 6.25
- KS Williamson 20 (28b 2×4) PJ Cummins 4-0-25-0
- MJ Guptill 41 (35b 7×4) JP Faulkner 1-0-7-0
Over 13: Faukner with the ball.
12.3: Wide ball, Guptill picks his spot, last minute, but he puts it into the gap, and it’s 4 runs to NZ!
12.6: Short ball to outside offstump, Williamson finishes the over with a single, it’s 8 runs off the over,
Guptill moves to 46!
Ov 14: Marcus Stoining into the attack.
13.1: A late play and a dot. Williamson the batsman.
13.2: Good use of the wrists, and a single taken.
13.3: A wait until late again, Guptill plays and steals by a quick single.
13.6: Last ball does it. Stoinis to Williamson, the ball angles in and hits his pad, and a catch is taken. Australia appeal, and the umpire’s finger goes up! It’s a big wicket for Australia here! New Zealand lose their skipper, it’s 87-2!
KS Williamson c Maxwell b Stoinis 24 (34b 2×4 0x6) SR: 70.58
Meanwhile, Guptill moves on to 48, no pressure. Eden Park’s got an encouraging crowd today!
And Ross Taylor walks in with a willow and a will not to give away his wicket, (and not run anyone out), wow, how’s that for an alliteration?
|MJ Guptill||not out||49||46||8||0|
|TWM Latham||caught wk||7||9||1||0|
|LRPL Taylor||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Extras||(lb 3, w 5)||8|
|Total||(2 wkts; 14.5 ovs)||88|
Credits? All given. ESPN, for every fan in every part of the planet where streams are “not available in your geographical location”s (and you never get the live telecast anyways) and WordPress for helping me sort a jumble of data!
Ov 15: Mitchell Starc returns, the timing perfect. With an energetic crowd, a new batsman, and another 2 runs away from his half-century, Australia smell blood, and an opportunity to knock off the batting attack.
Guptill on strike!
14.1: Full and wide, and dot.
14.2: Yorker and wide, and dot.
14.3: Full, going away, Guptill plays it back to Starc. And dot.
I wonder how the audience is taking that!
14.4: Shape in, shape out, the result is the same. “And dot.”
14.5: A run at last! Guptill moves to 49!
The wicket of the Kiwi skipper was Marcus Stoinis’ first in international cricket! That’s some wicket to begin with!
14.6: Taylor faces his first, and he doesn’t. Dot ball.
Just one run off that over, NZ 88-2! (RR 5.86)
Ov 16: Stoinis with the ball.
15.1: There comes the single! It’s a half century to Guptill, he’s been batting with a fierce purpose out in the middle! 8 fours in his innings so far!
15.2: 5 wides again. In similar fashion to the last one. the ball sails over Taylor’s head and the keeper’s. Taylor lets it go, Handscomb ends up having to.
15.4: Timing and placement from Taylor. He plays it on the on, picks his spot in the square-leg gap and takes two.
End 0f 16, NZ 98-2!
Comms got down to the players not-yet on the field:
Tom Blundell: The boys have been fantastic. I have been enjoying my time. There’s bigger crowd in international cricket. Great day in Auckland. I think anything close to 300 is fantastic.
Blundell makes his debut for New Zealand today.
Ov 17: 5 runs with a boundary to Taylor. Starc the bowler.
16.6: Full delivery, Taylor opens his bat face and drives on to the
ropes boards! 100 up for New Zealand!
New Zealand 103-2! (RR: 6.05)
- Taylor 7 (8b 1×4) Starc5-0-29-1
- Guptill 52 (51b 8×4) Stoinis2-0-14-1
Ov 19: Travis Head’s been brought on to bowl.
A run and then a wide. Runs flowing.
18.3: 4 byes follow. To be the harshest on Handscomb, that’s now 14 runs gone behind him, of course, not all entirely his fault, but for the sake if stats! That’s fourteen extras just behind the wicketkeeper!
18.6: Another wide.