The hosts started serious hammering towards the beginning of the match © Getty Images
The hosts started serious hammering towards the beginning of the match © Getty Images

A superb performance from Martin Guptill helped New Zealand put up a total of 307 for 8 against the visitors Australia in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Eden Park, Auckland. The two teams are scheduled to play three ODIs and a couple of Tests in the series. Australia have recently defeated a visiting India team in the ODI series and enter the competition full of confidence. But later on the innings was slowed down and the score did not reach up to the expected score. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Auckland

Australia, winning the toss, put the hosts to bat. Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum opened batting and the latter started hitting in his own style from the third over itself. The batsmen brought up 50 for their side and it lasted for 79 runs till James Faulkner removed Brendon McCullum for a 29-ball 44. McCullum hit 5 fours and 3 sixes to play the quickfire innings. Guptill stayed there at the crease while next in Kane Williamson came and departed for an 8-ball duck. The next big partnership in favour of New Zealand came between Henry Nicholls and Guptill. The batsmen added 100 runs off the partnership, which remained the highest partnership of the innings. After scoring a 76-ball 90 with the help of 8 fours and 5 sixes, Martin Guptill departed. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: New Zealand vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Auckland

Henry Nicholls took the innings further. Nicholls played sensible cricket, sticking to grounded shots more and gradually reaching his half-century. Nicholls’ innings came to an end with 61 runs off 67 balls, hitting 6 fours and a six in the process. After Nicholls’ dismissal, the New Zealand innings lost its pace. the tourists lost a few wickets in quick succession as Grant Elliott departed for 21 and Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi followed him shortly. Another piece of sensible batting was displayed by Mitchell Santner who came down the order but added 35 runs to push the score beyond 300.

After the brilliant start New Zealand had from the top order, the total of 307 looks not up to the mark and the problem with lack of talented middle order batsmen persists.

For Australia, Mitchell Marsh remained the most successful with his 2 wickets for 35 runs. Josh Hazlewood and James Faulkner also picked up a couple. John Hastings maintained the best economy ( 3.90) taking a wicket for 39 runs in his 10 overs.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 307 for 8 in overs 50 ( Martin Guptill 90, Henry Nicholls 61; Mitchell Marsh 2 for 35) vs Australia

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(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)