New Zealand have now won 8 ODI series on the trot in their backyard    Getty Images
New Zealand have now won 8 ODI series on the trot in their backyard Getty Images

Trent Boult s 6-for helped New Zealand regain the prestigious Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2016-17 against Australia. Chasing the target of 282 in the third ODI at Hamilton, Australia were bowled out for 257 handing over a 24-run victory to New Zealand. Boult was awarded Man of the Match for his exceptional figures of 6 for 33. From Australia, their skipper Aaron Finch (56) and Travis Head (53) scored fifties while Marcus Stoinis impressed once again with his valuable 42 down the order, but all in losing cause. Apart from Boult, Mitchell Santner got 2 wickets while Kane Williamson got 1 wicket respectively. New Zealand won the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series by a margin of 2-0 after they won the series opener at Auckland by 6 runs and the second was a rain washout at Napier. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia, 3rd ODI at Hamilton

Finch and Shaun Marsh opened the innings for Australia and both looked comfortable scoring runs against the Kiwi quicks. It was until a lazy attempt for second run between the two that saw end of Marsh (22) when team had reached the score of 44. Peter Handscomb walked in at No. 3 just to face 2 deliveries as he was clean bowled by Boult. Handsomb s wicket had Australia tottering at 44 for 2 but Head and Finch batted themselves out of the tight spot responsibly. It was finally Williamson who got rid of Finch as he lured his counterpart into a trap. Before his dismissal, Finch added 75 runs for the third wicket with Head.

It was a matter of a mere 6 more deliveries that new batsman Glenn Maxwell departing without even opening his account. Having lost 2 wickets in quick succession, Australia again found themselves in spot of bother and with not much batting left it looked like they were headed towards yet another defeat. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: New Zealand vs Australia, 3rd ODI at Hamilton

Head along with Stoinis still battled hard and went onto put a 53 run-stand at a very crucial juncture of the game. This partnership brought back some life in the game for visitors. But again Head and James Faulkner (0) departed in a space of 4 deliveries putting the match in hosts court.

Stoinis did try his best to take his team as close he could to the winning line but he kept running short of partners and eventually lost his wicket too. Australia tail displayed some fight as Pat Cummins (27) and Mitchell Starc (29) scored some big shots all around the park to get the soaring equation well below 6 RPO.

These two scored 51 runs in just 5.3 overs to seal the game but it was Boult who ended this partnership. Boult kept chipping at the other end taking wickets or at least applying breaks on the scoring. His last spell proved game changer as he wiped out the Australian tail that looked like taking the game away from them at one point.

Earlier in the first innings, it was Ross Taylor s 16th ODI century that helped the hosts to pile up 281 runs. Taylor received good support from Dean Brownlie (63) and Santner (38*) barring whom none other batsmen could really contribute with the bat.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 281 for 9 in 50 overs (Dean Brownlie 63, Ross Taylor 107, Mitchell Santner 38*; James Faulkner 3 for 59, Mitchell Starc 3 for 63) beat Australia 257 in 47 overs (Aaron Finch 56, Travis Head 53; Trent Boult 6 for 33) by 24 runs.