Live Updates

  • 4:41 PM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand 256 in 44.2 overs | Batting: Tent Boult 1(1): Australia win by 68 runs! A much cherished win after a rally of disappointing defeats. Australia start off the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy on a positive. A brilliant innings by Steven Smith. New Zealand put up a good fightback as well.

  • 4:32 PM IST

    OUT! Lockie Ferguson b Mitchell Marsh 0 (3)

    OUT! Colin Munro c George Bailey b Pat Cummins 49 (59)

    OUT! Matt Henry c George Bailey b Pat Cummins 27 (15)

  • 4:24 PM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand 248/7 in 42 overs | Batting: Colin Munro 44*, Matt Henry 27*: Grandhomme departed for 6 but Henry has formed a good partnership with Munro. The latter looks set for a half-century. 77 required off 48, mountainous task with only 3 wickets at hand.
    OUT! Colin de Grandhomme lbw b Josh Hazlewood 6 (8)

  • 3:52 PM IST
    LIVE: New Zealand 195/6 in 36 overs | Batting: Colin Munro 24*, Colin de Grandhomme 1*: A big task left for the Kiwis here. They need 129 of 83 balls. Guptill played an amazing innings but did not get much support from the other end. He has fallen for 114 after which NZ have lost plot. Mitchell Santner has also departed with everything left on Colin Munro. If they pull this off, it will be a remarkable chase. Looks bleak though.
  • 3:23 PM IST
    LIVE: New Zealand 163/4 in 30 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 97*, Colin Munro 12*: Guptill closing on his ton now. What a turnaround it has been for him. He was struggling to get a big one in India but has looked in his elements at SCG. Nonetheless, I feel NZ are missing the likes of Grant Elliot, Ruke Lonchi or Ross Taylor in their ranks. With not much batting left, Guptill needs to stay till the end and take his side home. Tough ask this!
  • 3:03 PM IST
    LIVE: New Zealand 142/4 in 25 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 86*, Colin Munro 2*: Just when jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill were going al guns blazing at the Aussies, the hosts have come back yet again. Neesham departed for 34 playing a rash shot. BJ Watling could not do anything but was dismissed by a blinder at point by Steven Smith. What a day he is having. NZ require 183 off 150 balls. Guptill the only man standing for them.
  • 2:13 PM IST
    LIVE: New Zealand 69/2 in 14 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 43*, Jimmy Neesham 13*: NZ continue to stay in the hunt but have a mammoth target. Guptil has got a start and is looking confident. He is not playing like he did in India. The pace and good bating conditions have suited him so far. Nonetheless, a huge ask for him and rest of the batting line-up to match the Aussies. Kane Williamson, NZ’s skipper and mainstay, has already departed for 9.
  • 1:25 PM IST
    LIVE: New Zealand 7/1 in 3 overs | Batting: Kane Williamson 0*, Martin Guptill 4*: Not the start New Zealand would have wanted. In such a stiff chase, Tom Latham, their in-form opener, has headed back to the hut for 2. Josh Hazlewood struck in his first over which brings Kane Williamson on strike. Another captain’s innings on demand here at SCG.
  • 12:39 PM IST
    LIVE: Australia 324/8 in 50 overs | Batting: Adam Zampa 2*, Pat Cummins 0*: And that’s the end of the first innings here at SCG. What a roller coaster ride this has been. NZ started off well and had Australia 92 for 4. Nonetheless, Steven Smith played a blinder on his home ground to ensure his side gets back. And boy, they have got back in thumping way. Riding on Smith’s 164 along with support from Matthew Wade and Travis Head have piled up 324 for 8. NZ lost plot in the middle overs with reckless fielding, missed chances and brutal batting by hosts. Will visitors chase down the score? Join us back in half an hour.
  • 12:24 PM IST
    LIVE: Australia 303/6 in 48 overs | Batting: Matthew Wade 30, Pat Cummins 0: Steven Smith finally walks back to the pavilion. What an innings here for the skipper. He has now the most number of runs at SCG as individual. Meanwhile, Australia cross 300 as New Zealand have given up here after a promising start. Wade and Smith were going berserk but now the onus is at Wade who is well set as well. How much will AUS get?
  • 11:49 AM IST
    LIVE: Australia 223/5 in 42 overs | Batting: Steven Smith 112, Matthew Wade 4: Things well set here for a rollicking finish to Australia’s innings. Travis Head gave good support to his skipper but has finally departed courtesy a brilliant low catch by Trent Boult off his own bowling. Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade comes in. We all know he can smack and smack hard along with centurion Smith at other end.
  • 11:29 AM IST
    LIVE: Australia 195/4 in 37 overs | Batting: Smith 101, Head 39: And the captain stands tall with a ton at SCG. NZ will regret not going for a review when they had a chance to see the back of Smith. Travis Head giving valuable support to his skipper. NZ have fallen off the ladder after such a promising start. They are bowling short and conceding costly free hits as well. Australia have bounced back with death overs coming up.
  • 10:58 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 154/4 in 29 overs | Batting: Smith 80 (100), Head 22 (20): 62-run partnership between Smith and Head has steadied the ship. Meanwhile, Smith is 20 runs short of reaching three-figure mark. Yet again, he comes to Australia’s rescue.

  • 10:23 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 93/4 in 21 overs | Batting: Smith 47 (66), Head 0 (3): Wickets in quick succession for New Zealand. Neesham first breaks crucial partnership and dismisses Bailey for 17. Marsh then gets run out. Australia in trouble.

  • 10:03 AM IST
    LIVE: Australia 78/2 in 17 overs | Batting: Steven Smith 36 (52), George Bailey 14 (21): An exciting start here at SCG. NZ got the early breakthroughs dismissing the openers. Nonetheless, the run-rate is 4.5 and Australia’s mainstays are at the crease. Even though the bowling has been good, these two in the middle are getting a move on. Partnership stands at 31 off 43 balls. Mitchell Santner to continue from other end.
  • 9:43 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 47/2 in 10 overs | Batting: Steven Smith 20(30): David Warner for maiden international wicket is something enviable and Ferguson has done it. Outside off, as Warner tries to steer it to third man as it takes the inside edge and hits the stump. Earlier, the bowler was hit for a four straight down the ground by Warner on his first ball. Sweet revenge, eh?

  • 9:37 AM IST

    OUT! David Warner b Lockie Ferguson 24(29)

  • 9:23 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 16/1 in 5 overs | Batting: Steven Smith 9(15), David Warner 5(14): Matt Henry opening the bowling and gets the movements right there. Kept it in the right areas and as the ball came in, it took the inside edge of Finch’s willow to destruct the furniture! Steven Smith does not take much time to hit his first boundary, hammers a poor lower full-toss by Boult through the cover. Warner looks in good touch.

  • 8:54 AM IST

    OUT! Aaron Finch b Matt Henry 1(0)

  • 8:48 AM IST

    Update: Ferguson, who has 16 wickets playing in 8 List-A matches only, has taken a 5-for and a 6-for in the Plunkett Shield recently. A surprise package awaiting the hosts.

  • 8:40 AM IST

    UPDATE: Lockie Ferguson makes his international debut for New Zealand.

  • 8:38 AM IST

    New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Jimmy Neesham, Colin Munro, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

  • 8:34 AM IST

    Australia XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

  • 8:31 AM IST

    TOSS: Australia won the toss and elected to bat


Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2016-17 between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) at Sydney. Both New Zealand and Australia lost their previous ODI series. While New Zealand suffered a narrow 3-2 series loss against India, Australia suffered a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of South Africa. However, New Zealand won their recently-concluded Test series against Pakistan, but Australia lost their Test series to South Africa recently. Both teams will look to get off to the best of starts in the three-match ODI series, which begins on Sunday.

Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood missed Australia’s previous ODI series and will be rearing to go in this one. Australia have also included Pat Cummins and all-rounder Hilton Cartwright in their squad as well. Glenn Maxwell gets a place in the side, after being dropped for the series against Sri Lanka and also South Africa. He has been in the news for the last few days as he said that batting below his skipper Matthew Wade for Victoria diminished his chances of getting a place for the day-night Test against South Africa. Australia have fined him for his remark. The squad otherwise remains unchanged. Skipper Steven Smith and his side will look to exploit home conditions well to get the better of their neighbours.

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New Zealand on the other have called up fast bowler Lockie Ferguson. The 25-year-old is known in the domestic circuit for his pace and will look to terrorise the Australian batsmen with that. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme had an excellent series with both bat and ball in the Test series against Pakistan. He made his ODI debut over four years back and is one of the two all-rounders in the squad after James Neesham. New Zealand will be without their vice-captain Ross Taylor, who ruled himself out as he has to undergo an eye surgery. Taylor, despite his poor vision, scored a match-winning century in the second Test against Pakistan, but has been going through a lean patch in the limited-overs. In his absence the likes of Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill have to shoulder the batting responsibilities.

New Zealand have a fierce bowling attack, just like the Australians. The sight of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Matt Henry running in at the Australian batsmen will surely be a treat to watch. Todd Astle has been included as the second spinner in the side, Mitchell Santner being first choice. Santner will get preference over Astle, with New Zealand going in with three frontline seamers. Either de Grandhomme or Neesham will be their fast bowling all-rounder.

New Zealand are the current holders of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. They defeated Australia the 2-1 the previous time they met in New Zealand earlier this year. Australia would dearly love to have their hands on the trophy at the end of this series.


Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), BJ Watling (wk), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.

Catch ball-by-ball action of the 1st ODI between Australia and New Zealand, Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2016-17 at Sydney here