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Black Caps look goods for 2nd ODI barring another Stoinis miracle

Tue, Jan 31, 2:49pm by Senior Writer

Preview: New Zealand v Australia, 2nd ODI

Date and Time: Thursday February 2, 12pm AEDT

Venue: Napier, New Zealand

TV: Fox Sports

While a lot of criticism has been directed at the relevance of this three-match series, all that dissipated very quickly when we were all glued to our screens on Monday afternoon as Marcus Stoinis almost executed the greatest heist in one-day history.

After arriving at the crease at 4-48 and with Australia soon after at 6-67 in their chase of 287 for victory, Stoinis produced the greatest knock from a no.7 in Australian ODI history, smashing 146 off 117 balls to get the Aussie within six of victory.

All that foiled his shot at a history making win was the over-enthusiasm of Josh Hazelwood in backing-up at the non striker’s end. Hazelwood made the longest diamond duck ever, lasting 26 minutes and playing a role in a 54-run partnership before Kane Williamson’s quick thinking found him short of his ground.

The home fans took particular joy in the heart-breaking nature of the win, especially considering as one pointed out, ‘the Aussies need six to win and we won it with an underarm’, with reference to the ever controversial Trevor Chappell incident from 1981.

We did tip a New Zealand win, but will admit there were plenty of frayed nerves with the way that Stoinis was batting. Stoinis become the only player in 897 Australian one-day internationals to take three wickets and make a hundred.

Despite the heartbreak of Eden Park, the Aussies are still somehow favourites to win the second match, a day-nighter at Napier on Thursday.

Sportsbet has the tourists $1.87 to win, with the Black Caps, who will be without an injured Martin Guptill, at $1.93. Guptill has been replaced in the side by Dean Brownlie, who has averaged just 25 in his 14 ODIs to date.

Australia have their own issues with skipper and keeper Matthew Wade still no certainty to return after injuring his back ahead of the first match. Aaron Finch took up captaincy duties and Peter Handscomb took the gloves and it’s likely to be a similar story this time around.

Stoinis may get a promotion up the order after his outrageous knock in Auckland. For those who think he can repeat the dose in this match, he is $9 to be top run scorer for the Aussies and $5 to be top wicket taker.

Openers Finch and Travis Head are $4 favourites for the Aussie hi-bat, despite combining for just nine in the opening match while Shaun Marsh, who added just 16 is $5.

There were six Aussie wicket-takers in that match, which in itself is remarkable with front-line pace duo Josh Hazelwood and Mitch Starc taking just one wicket each. They are $4 and $3.50 respectively to get most wickets in this match, with Pat Cummins, who went for 67 off nine but did get two wickets, at $5.

Neil Broom was the Kiwi top scorer in the first match but is $7.50 to repeat here, with Williamson, who made just 24, top pick at a skinny $3.60. Tom Latham, who has passed 50 just once in his past nine knocks, is second pick at $4.50.

Mitch Santner was the pick of the bowlers with 3-44 but is $5 third favourite behind Trent Boult ($3.45) and Tim Southee ($3.75) for the most wickets for the home side.

Australia haven’t played a ODI at this ground for seven years, meaning none of the XI have played here before. For what it’s worth, the teams are split 2-2 in four games here, with Australia losing the most recent match.

What is more pertinent is what went on in Auckland and how if it wasn’t for Stoinis, it would have been a complete embarrassment for the Aussies. With that in mind, the $1.93 about the Black Caps appeals greatly here.

Suggested Bet: Back New Zealand to win at $1.93    


New Zealand $1.93

Australia $1.87

Top New Zealand Runscorer 

Kane Williamson $3.60

Tom Latham $4.50

Dean Brownlie $6

Ross Taylor $6

Neil Broom $7.50

Tom Blundell $10

Colin Munro $10

Colin de Grandhomme $15

James Neesham $17

Mitchell Santner $36

Tim Southee $81

Matt Henry $101

Trent Boult $101

Lockie Ferguson $101

Top Australia Runscorer 

Aaron Finch $4

Travis Head $4

Shaun Marsh $5

Peter Handscomb $6.50

Glenn Maxwell $7

Marcus Stoinis $9

Sam Heazlett $10

Matthew Wade $17

James Faulkner $31

Pat Cummins $71

Josh Hazlewood $101

Billy Stanlake $101

Adam Zampa $101

Mitchell Starc $101

Top New Zealand Wicket Taker 

Trent Boult $3.45

Tim Southee $3.75

Mitchell Santner $5

Lockie Ferguson $5

Matt Henry $5

James Neesham $6.50

Colin de Grandhomme $7

Colin Munro $15

Kane Williamson $21

Top Australia Wicket Taker 

Mitchell Starc $3.50

Josh Hazlewood $4

Marcus Stoinis $5

Pat Cummins $5

Adam Zampa $6

Billy Stanlake $6

James Faulkner $6

Travis Head $8

Glenn Maxwell $21

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