David Warner, the opener, smashed his second straight hundred and Mitchell Starc bowled lethal reverse swing to spearhead Australia to a convincing 117-run win over New Zealand in the third One-Day International of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in Melbourne on Friday (December 9).
The Australian vice-captain was run out on the last ball of the innings for 156 off 128 balls – more than half of his team’s 264 for eight total – with 13 fours and four sixes.
Starc then led Australia to a 3-0 sweep helping skittle New Zealand for 147 off 36.1 overs.
Starc bowled Henry Nicholls and Colin Munro with unplayable yorkers and then trapped Mitchell Santner leg before wicket with reverse swing to finish with 3 for 34.
Warner was named Player of the Match and Player of the Series after raising his 11th ODI century and seventh for the year. Only Sachin Tendulkar, with nine in 1998, has hit more ODI centuries in a calendar year.
Warner was the difference after New Zealand had made early inroads into the Australian batting. He was involved in partnerships with George Bailey (62) and Travis Head (105) which helped Australia fight back from 11 for 2 and 73 for 4.
Warner gave a tough chance on 18 when he pulled Lockie Ferguson to deep midwicket, where a diving Nicholls couldn’t take a difficult low catch.
Then Australia’s bowlers finished off the job with Starc in deadly form and supported by Pat Cummins, the paceman, James Faulkner, the medium-pacer, and Travis Head, the part-time spinner, all with two wickets apiece.
Cummins claimed the wicket of Tom Latham, the opener, for 28, snapped up by Faulkner at backward square leg.
Faulkner got the prized wicket of Kane Williamson, leg-before for 13 with the New Zealand skipper losing a review in the process.
Martin Guptill (34 off 40 balls) chased a wide delivery from Head and Bailey snapped up a leaping catch at short cover.
Eleven balls later, Starc bowled Nicholls, the newcomer, with a wicked late-swinging yorker for 3 to reduce the visitors to 83 for 4 in the 17th over.
Starc then ripped through the defences of Colin Munro and trapped Santner leg before wicket to wreck New Zealand’s hopes of a consolation win.
Steven Smith, the captain, sealed the victory with another stunning one-handed flying catch at slip to dismiss Trent Boult off Cummins.
New Zealand began strongly and dismissed Aaron Finch and Smith cheaply before Bailey revived the innings with Warner.
Bailey spooned a catch to Santner at midwicket off Colin de Grandhomme for 23 and two balls later Mitchell Marsh was out in bizarre fashion when he inside-edged off his back pad and onto his stumps for a duck, after his power-hitting 76 off 40 balls in Canberra.
Head maintained his consistent series with a fighting 37 off 70 balls before he was bowled by Santner, the spinner, after scores of 52 in Sydney and 57 in Canberra.
Matthew Wade chipped in with 14 and Faulkner 13 before Warner was the last man out attempting a single off the final ball only to be run out by Boult, who finished with 3 for 49.