New Zealand Beat Australia
New Zealand Beat Australia With A Big Margin Of 159 Runs In The Opening Match Of The Series.New Zealand have gone one step towards retaining the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy with a much more comfortable win. This time only half the match was low-scoring: Australia were bundled out for 148 inside 25 overs. They were only 160 short of their target. It was New Zealand\'s second-biggest ODI win over Australia in terms of runs; the only larger victory was the 206-run margin secured at Adelaide Oval in 1986, when Richard Hadlee and Ewen Chatfield ran through the Australian top order. This time it was Trent Boult and Matt Henry who reduced Australia to 41 for 6. From there, Australia\'s all-time ODI low total of 70 was in danger, until James Faulkner and Matthew Wade nudged them into triple figures. Chasing scores around 300 might have proved simple for the Australians against India last month on the flat pitches of home, but on a slowish Eden Park surface and against a quality pace attack, it was not so easy. In fact, Australia had done well to even drag New Zealand\'s total back to 307 for 8, after Martin Guptill started the innings off with 90 before the 25-over mark. But Australia\'s attack, missing Mitchell Starc who had taken six wickets in last year\'s game, lacked penetration.