NZ vs. AUS - Second ODI
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NZ vs. AUS - Second ODI
Recent ODI resultsNew Zealand: L W W W WAustralia: L W W W L
Top batsman tipsNew Zealand: Martin Guptill - $3.75 at CrownBetAustralia: Travis Head - $4.50 at William Hill
Top bowler tipsNew Zealand: Tim Southee - $3.75 at SportsbetAustralia: Pat Cummins - $5 at Sportsbet
Having set Australia 287 for victory, New Zealand looked home and hosed when Marcus Stoinis strode to the crease in the 13th over.
At that point, the visitors were five wickets down and some 234 runs shy of their target.
But then Stoinis, who wouldn’t even be in the squad but for injuries and players rested, produced one of the great one-day cricket innings.
Combining brutal hitting with a Michael Bevan-esque management of the tail, the Victoria allrounder backed up his three-wicket effort with an astonishing 146 not out to drag his side back into the contest.
That included a 54-run stand for the 10th wicket with Josh Hazlewood in which Stoinis contrived to face every single delivery for four consecutive overs.
But the fairytale comeback was cruelly nixed when the number 11 was run out for a 26-minute diamond duck with the Aussies only seven runs shy of victory.
We learned a few things from that incredible encounter at Eden Park.
For one, Australia’s top order is fragile as tissue paper without David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja.
The likes of Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell will have to show much more if they want a regular ODI gig.
For another, Stoinis’ efforts showed that T20 form – especially for middle-order players – is a very dodgy indicator for other formats.
The Melbourne Stars man displayed no great touch during the recent Big Bash League season, yet he looked a player at the absolute peak of his game on Monday.
Stoinis might not even have featured in Auckland but for the late withdrawal of stand-in skipper Matthew Wade, who suffered back spasms on the morning of the match.
The wicketkeeper-batsman remains in doubt for Thursday’s clash at Napier, so Handscomb is on standby to don the gloves once again.
Martin Guptill betting markets
NZ’s hard-hitting opener has taken quite a liking to the Australian pace attack this summer.
In the reverse series back in December, Guptill belted 193 runs in three matches at a strike rate of 110.3.
He should have made even more, as his strong starts in Canberra and Melbourne were cut short by altogether avoidable dismissals.
The 30-year-old Aucklander has picked up where he left off, hitting 61 at Eden Park to put the Black Caps in a strong position at the top.
Guptill has made a string of 50+ scores at Napier without yet cracking the ton, so that may be his target on Thursday.
To score 50 – $2.53 at Sportsbet
Man of the match – $9.50 at Bet365
Marcus Stoinis bet specials
Where the hell did that come from?
He is only there because Mitch Marsh and a bunch of others are not, but Stoinis wrote himself into Australian cricket folklore at Auckland with a truly stunning all-round performance.
The question is: will the Aussie brains trust keep him at number seven?
He should move up the order if Wade returns, with Sam Heazlett – the guy who made his ODI debut on Monday despite having never played a 50-over game at state level – the man most likely to miss out.
If not, there is every chance he will stay down the order.
But Stoinis’ batting is only half the equation.
He was also Australia’s best bowler in game one, returning figures of 3/49 from 10 overs when the likes of Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins were getting hammered to all corners.
The 27-year-old has a great variety of pace and can really hit the deck when he needs to, which could make him a very useful option on all sorts of pitches.
A lack of consistency has often held Stoinis back in the past, so it will be interesting to see if he can produce the goods again in Napier.
Top Australia bowler – $5.50 at William Hill
Top Australia batsman – $10 at CrownBet
Man of the match – $17 at William Hill
New Zealand vs. Australia ODI match tips
How does one even tip a game after what we saw in the first ODI?
Both attacks are there to be taken apart, and both batting lineups have soft spots.
McLean Park has hosted nine innings totals of 320 or more in the past 11 years, so it could be a shootout.
Gamble on the Aussies to bounce back, as they are offering rare outsider value at a few online bookies due to their list of absentees.
Match result – Australia ($2 at Sportsbet)
Most sixes and win – Australia ($2.20 at Sportsbet)
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