Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI Stats: David Warner joins Virat Kohli in elite list
Kane Williamson’s decision to win the toss and elect to field turned out to be the wrong decision as New Zealand surrendered the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after losing the second ODI to Australia by 116 runs. By winning this match, Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, which concludes on Thursday.
After rain ensured that the game didn’t start on time, Williamson, playing in his 100th ODI, was swayed by the slightly damp nature of the pitch at Canberra, even if it has always been one that favoured winning the toss and batting first.
What didn’t help Kane was David Warner smashing his sixth ODI century of the year and Australian captain Steve Smith continuing his incredible performance in 2016 with another fifty. There was also fifties for Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh as Australia piled on 378/5 in their 50 overs.
If New Zealand were to have any chance they needed both Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson to fire with the former scoring a big century. Although Guptill got off to a flyer, he was dismissed for 45 and from then onwards, the task looked a tall order.
Although James Neesham and Kane Williamson both scored fifties and put on a century partnership for the third wicket, chasing 379 that simply wasn’t enough. In the end, the asking rate proved to be too much as the Kiwis lost their way and the match.
Here are some interesting numbers from the second ODI that Australia won to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy:
0 – Never before today has David Warner scored a century at Canberra in ODIs. Although this was the third consecutive 50-plus scores in ODIs at the venue and his previous two were 53 and 93.
1 – This was the first time that two New Zealand bowlers conceded 80 or more runs in the same ODI. Trent Boult and Matt Henry achieved that feat today.
2 – David Warner has become the second player after Kohli to cross 3,000 runs across all formats (international and domestic) in 2016.
3 – This was Australia’s third-highest total in ODIs and the second-best at the Manuka Oval. The top two were both in excess of 400 and came against South Africa and Afghanistan respectively.
3 – This was Australia’s third-largest win over New Zealand in ODIs at home.
4 – The number of fifty-plus opening partnerships that Australian have had at the Manuka. In four innings, they have two fifty partnerships and two century partnerships with the highest being 187 against India earlier this year.
5 – The Australian record of most ODI centuries in a year, which was previously by Ricky Ponting (2003 & 2007) & Matthew Hayden (2007) who both had 5 each was broken today by David Warner.
6 – David Warner now has six ODI centuries in 2016. The previous-best he had in a year was two, which he achieved twice. He also broke the
68 – The opening partnership between Aaron Finch and David Warner was their lowest at the Manuka Oval, beating their previous lowest of 89 against West Indies in 2013.
131.33 – The average opening standing for Australia at the venue in ODIs before this was 131.33.