After winning the first match convincingly, the New Zealand team managed to win a close encounter against the Aussies. For Kiwis, if David Conway was the hero of the first match, this time it was all about the mighty experienced player Martin Guptil who slammed 97 runs of just 50 balls smashing 6 fours and 8 sixes. Skipper Kane Williamson with 35-ball 53 and Jimmie Neesham quickie innings of 45 of just 16 balls helped the home side to post a target of 220 for the visitors. Austrians, however, unlike the previous match, showed a bit of character this time, thanks to some fine innings from the all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams who contributed 78 runs and 41 runs respectively. But in the end, 220 was always a bit target and the visitors fell short of 4 runs. With this win, NZ has taken a 2-0 lead in the series. Martin Guptil was adjudged man of the match for his splendid innings.
Martin Guptil set the tone for the big score for the home team
Earlier in the day, Aussies won the toss and opted to bowl first. NZ opening partnership didn’t last long as Tim Seifert was sent to the pavilion for just 3 runs. However, his partner Martin Guptil had another plan. Guptil went on to punish the Australian bowlers and soon reached his fifty. He was well supported by the captain Kane Williamson. Guptil innings came to an end when he was just 3 runs short of a much-deserving century. In his 97 runs knock, he smashed 6 fours and 8 sixes. After his innings, it was time for Jimmie Neesham to showcase his talent. The all-rounder destroyed the Aussies bowling line up smashing 45 runs at a strike rate of over 280. David Conway, who had a dream run in the last 5 innings, was out for just 2 runs. In the end, the NZ team made 219 for the loss of 7 wickets posting a big target of 220 for the Australian Team.
Australian team fought hard but fell short of just 4 runs
Chasing a mammoth target, Aussies openers Matthew Wade and Aaron Finch gave a decent start. Josh Phillippe provided some pace to the chasing by smashing 45 runs from 32 runs. However, he didn’t get much support from Glenn Maxwell who once again disappointed with the bat. It was the innings of Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams that kept the Aussies in the game. Stoinis looked dangerous in his 37-ball 78 runs to knock. Sams too provided acceleration with his 16-ball 45 runs innings. It was all down to the last over with just 15 runs needed. With both the batsman on the pitch, Aussies were hopeful of clinching an unforgettable victory, however, NZ seamer Neesham claimed both the wickets in the final over and sealed the match for his side.