Stionis 146* in vain; NZ beat Australia by 6 runs
Marcus Stionis went on to score 146 runs for Australia, only to end up on the losing side in the first ODI match against New Zealand. Stionis came on 7th position after visitors crumbled to 6-67 in an unsuccessful attempt to chase 287. Australia could only score 280 runs in 47 overs before being sent back to the pavilion by the hosts.
NZ to host Australia for Chappell-Hadlee after six years
New Zealand will host its neighbour Australia in a three match ODI series as a part of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after a gap of six years. The first ODI would be played on 30 January 2017 at Auckland, while the second and third would be played at Napier on 2 February and Hamilton on 5 February respectively.
Australia look to defend the Chappell-Hadlee trophy
After white-washing New Zealand 3-0 last December in their home series, Australia would look to defend the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. The visitors have rested the vice-captain David Warner, who has not missed a single match in any format since mid-last year.
Guptill, Broom take NZ to put 280 on board
Martin Guptill and Neil Broom's half centuries helped the host put a score of 280 runs on scoreboard for the loss of nine wickets in the first ODI against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland. Guptill went on to score 61 runs, while Broom scored 73. Broom had a 76-run partnership with James Neesham, who scored 48 runs.
Three wickets for Stionis, two for Cummins
Marcus Stionis picked up three wickets for the visitors after putting the hosts to bat first. Pat Cummins got two in his 10-over spell giving away 48 runs.
An overview of Stionis's innings against New Zealand
For picking up three crucial wickets and an unbeaten knock of 146, Stionis was named the 'Player of the Match.' Marcus Stionis became the first Australian to score a century and take three wickets in an ODI. Batting at number seven, his score of 146 is the highest for Australia and the second highest in that position in international cricket.
NZ take a 1-0 lead in three match series
After defeating Australia in the first ODI by six runs, hosts New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three match series. The second match will be played on 2 February at Napier.