Australia vs New Zealand: Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs, after a hard hitting performance by captain Steve Smith - watsupptoday.com
Australia vs New Zealand: Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs, after a hard hitting performance by captain Steve Smith
Posted 05 Dec 2016 11:56 AM

Sydney: Steve Smith posted the highest score ever in a limited-overs international at the Sydney Cricket Ground and then took a stunning catch to help Australia to a 68-run win Sunday in the series-opener against New Zealand.
Smith scored 164 from 157 balls, including four sixes and 14 boundaries, before he was out late after skying a catch from Trent Boult to Colin Munro at mid-wicket. Australia, after losing a wicket in the first over and limping to 92-4 in the 21st over, added 101 in the last eight overs to reach 324-8.
Smith got a not out decision on an lbw appeal from Boult early in the innings, which the New Zealanders will regret not reviewing.
"I got a bit of luck. I was probably out lbw at one point," he said. "You've got to take the good with the bad. It was nice to get a good total at my home ground, and the highest score."
Martin Guptill's 114 from 102 balls included 10 boundaries and six sixes and kept New Zealand in the chase, but the innings fell away after he pulled an Adam Zampa short hop to substitute fielder Glenn Maxwell to make the total 185-5 in the 33rd over. Munro scored 49 from 59 balls but his dismissal was part of a slide at the end as New Zealand's last three wickets fell for three runs.
Game two in the three-match series is in Canberra on Tuesday.
Smith broke South Africa captain AB de Villiers' record of 162 for an ODI innings at the SCG. It also equaled the highest score by an Australia captain in an ODI, level with Ricky Ponting's 164 against South Africa at the Wanderers in 2006.
Smith went to the crease in the first over when Aaron Finch (0) was bowled for a gold duck, and dug in while four wickets fell, sharing crucial partnerships of 127 with Travis Head (52) and 83 with Matthew Wade (38) to lift Australia out of a precarious position at 92-4.
Top-ranked Australia was swept 5-0 in its most recent ODI series in South Africa, but welcomed back pacemen Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins for the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand.

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