Australia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Stats: Steve Smith and Martin Guptill's national records
Steve Smith stole all the headlines in the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand. First it was with the bat, then it was courtesy of a brilliant catch to send home BJ Watling as the Australian captain put in a Man of the Match performance to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
It took a captain’s innings from Steve Smith to rescue Australia from 92/4 to 324/8 after the hosts had won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that was offering some early assistance to the seamers. He was ably assisted by Travis Head and Matthew Wade as they recovered from a tricky position to post a good total.
In response, New Zealand never got ahead of the game and despite a brilliant century from opener Martin Guptill, they fell short and will have to win the remaining two games to not just win the series but also retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, which they are currently in possession of.
Here are some interesting statistical highlights from the first ODI:
0 – No New Zealand batsman has scored 5,000 ODI runs faster than Martin Guptill, who got to the milestone in his 135th ODI. He got there in 132 innings, beating Ross Taylor who got there in 144 innings. Overall, he is the 10th fastest.
1– Only one batsman (David Warner) has more ODI runs in 2016 than Steve Smith, who has 1,082 runs to his name at an average of 51.52.
2 – Steven Smith is the second Australian captain after Ricky Ponting to score more than 1,000 ODI runs in a year. Ponting did it four times.
3 – Ricky Ponting (164), Steve Smith (164) and George Bailey (156) are the only three Australian captains to score more than 150 in ODIs.
4 – Steve Smith's tally of four sixes in his 164 is the most that he has managed in any ODI innings. His previous-best was 3, which he managed earlier in the year against India.
4.66 – Aaron Finch’s average against New Zealand in ODIs is the worst against any country. His best ODI average is 46.35 against England.
5 – Martin Guptill is the fifth New Zealand batsman to score 5,000 runs. and 79th overall to achieve this feat.
6 – Guptill’s 114 was the sixth-highest score by a New Zealand batsman against Australia in ODIs. Courtesy of his century, he became only the third Kiwi opener to score a ODI century against Australia.
26 – The number of ODI sixes hit by Martin Guptill in 2016. Along with Quinton de Kock, he has the most ODI sixes in 2016.
30 – Adam Zampa now has 30 ODI wickets in 2016, which is more than any other bowler. John Hastings and Adil Rashid previously held the record with 29.
73 – Lockie Ferguson’s figures of 1/73 is the most expensive spell by a Kiwi bowler on debut, beating Danny Morrison’s 0/69 against India
78.78 – Steve Smith's average in home ODIs since 2015 is the best of any batsman in the world. He has scored 1,103 runs at an average of 78.78, with Virat Kohli second on this list with an average of 75.37.
162 – The previous-best score in ODIs at the SCG belonged to AB de Villiers who smashed an unbeaten 162 against WI in the 2015 World Cup. Steve Smith now holds the record with 164.
164 – Steve Smith’s score of 164 is the joint-highest score by an Australian captain in ODIs. Ricky Ponting also scored 164 against SA at Wanderers in 2006.
186 – Sachin Tendulkar’s 186* at Hyderabad in 1999 remains the highest score by a captain against New Zealand in ODIs. Smith’s score is now the second-best by any captain.
324 – Australia’s total of 324/8 is their second-highest against New Zealand in ODIs. Their 343/5 at Perth remains their highest against the Kiwis.
2007 – Adam Gilchrist was the last Australian opener to get out for a duck in ODIs at SCG before Aaron Finch did so today.
2015 – The last time New Zealand bowled a no ball in ODIs was in the opening match of the 2015 World Cup against Sri Lanka when Adam Milne overstepped. Since then, they went 35 ODIs and over 8500 balls before Lockie Ferguson did so in this game.
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