Despite Stoinis heroic Ton Australia fall short
New Zealand vs Australia, 1st ODI,Auckland
New Zealand won by 6 runs
Series: Australia tour of New Zealand 2017
NZ 286/9 (50.0 Ovs) Broom(73) Stoinis 3-49
AUS 280-all out (47.0 Ovs) Stoinis(146*) Santner 3-44
MoM: Marcus Stoinis
In just his 2nd ODI, Stoinis took three wickets then flayed the new Zealand assault as the Australians chased a target of 287 runs at Auckland’s Eden Park.
He got here to the crease with Australia reeling at 54 for five and lightly set about rebuilding after his more experienced teammates had squandered their wickets.
His 146 was a record ODI ranking for an Australian number seven batsman and integrated eleven sixes and 9 fours.
Remarkably, the 27-yr-old’s final partnership with Josh Hazlewood used to be valued at 54, however Hazlewood didn’t face a single ball as Stoinis stayed on strike trying to guide Australia home.
His heroics avoided a trouncing in the opening in shape of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, sparing Australia’s blushes after they rested their megastar batsmen for the series.
The tourists left David Warner and Usman Khawaja out of the squad to protect them for the upcoming test series in India, then lost captain Steve Smith and wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade to damage.
But the gamers expected to offer leadership of their absence failed to step up and the Australians crumbled earlier than Stoinis arrived.
Their woes were largely precipitated with the aid of rash or careless shots, not demons in a pitch on which the new Zealanders had batted solidly.
Relative newbies similar to Travis Head (5) and Peter Hanscomb (four) would be forgiven for a rush of blood to the top on the sight of the brief Eden Park boundaries.
Nonetheless, stand-in captain Aaron Finch (4), Shaun Marsh (16) and Glenn Maxwell (20) — all with 50-plus ODIs — are more likely to face tough questions over the performance.
Boult brushed aside Head and Finch in the fourth over, with the appearing skipper falling to an acrobatic Jimmy Neesham catch trying to pull prior square leg.
Marsh went after a lazy dab at Mitchell Santner’s spin and Maxwell tried to collar rookie speedster Lockie Ferguson, only to nick the ball to the wicketkeeper.
Stoinis grafted an eighty one-run seventh wicket partnership with James Faulkner (25), then introduced a further 52 to Australia’s complete with Pat Cummins.
He smashed three sixes off one Jimmy Neesham over, then blasted one more off Boult to bring up his century off ninety six balls.
Australia appeared on the verge of an not likely victory, desiring just seven runs off three overs, before a combination-up saw Hazlewood run out and Stoinis stranded at the crease.
Earlier, Stoinis took three wickets, including the prized scalps of opener Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson.
Finch, missing his superstar scorers, elected to bowl after winning the toss.
It paid early dividends as New Zealand struggled, with nerves showing to get the better of some Black Caps as they sought to avenge a 3-0 whitewash to Australia last December.
However veteran Neil Groom’s seventy three, combined with 61 from Guptill and 48 from Neesham, proved ample for a slim win.
The 2nd ODI in Napier on Thursday, with the 3rd in Hamilton on Sunday.