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Boult, Henry fire New Zealand to big win

Pacemen destroy Australian top-order after Guptill's 90 powers host to 307 for 8

Boult, Henry fire New Zealand to big win - Cricket News
Trent Boult took 3 for 38 as Australia was bowled out for 148 and lost the first ODI by 159 runs.
Martin Guptill's 90 and three-wicket hauls from Trent Boult and Matt Henry fired New Zealand to a 159-run win against Australia in the first One-Day International on Wednesday (February 3). 
 
Guptill smashed 90 off 76 balls as New Zealand, asked to bat at Eden Park in Auckland, made 307 for 8 in its 50 overs. 
 
Boult and Henry then ran through the top order as Australia was shot out for 148 in 24.2 overs to slip to a massive defeat. 
 
Guptill and Brendon McCullum started off in trademark fashion, racing away to 79 in the 11th over. In his final international match at the venue, New Zealand skipper McCullum was iffy to start with, swinging and missing on several occasions. That changed in the third over of the innings, sent down by Josh Hazlewood, as McCullum got going with a six and two fours, followed by another six. 
 
Guptill had also made a slow start, making just a solitary run off the first seven balls faced. He joined in the fun off the first ball of the next over from Kane Richardson, launching one back over the bowler's head to the roof of the stadium. 
 
The stand was broken by James Faulkner, who castled McCullum with a yorker. McCullum made 44 off 29 balls including five fours and three sixes. 
 
Kane Williamson had a rare failure as he popped a catch to short cover off Hazlewood to fall without scoring. 
 
Henry Nicholls and Guptill then combined for a 100-run fourth-wicket stand that came off just 73 balls. 


 
A run out ended Guptill's stay as Glenn Maxwell ran in from cover and fired a direct throw at the non-striker's end and Guptill was caught short of his crease despite diving. 
 
Australia then stalled New Zealand's progress with regular strikes. Mitchell Santner, the all-rounder, chipped in with a useful 35 not out and New Zealand, despite having lost ground, finished with a big score. 
 
Boult and Henry never gave Australia a chance and constantly chipped away at the wickets. Only David Warner and Steven Smith, the captain, managed to reach double figures from the top six as Australia was reduced to 41 for 6. 
 
Matthew Wade and Faulkner led a fightback through a 79-run seventh-wicket partnership that came off 67 balls. 
 
Australia scored at a brisk rate pretty much throughout but it was the flurry of wickets that hurt it. 
 
Wade and Faulkner were dismissed in the space of one over following which Santner removed Richardson and John Hastings off consecutive deliveries to finish the match sitting on a hat-trick. 


 
Boult finished with figures of 3 for 38 off seven overs, while Henry was a touch expensive, giving away 41 runs off six overs for his three wickets. 
 
The second match of the three-match series takes place in Wellington on Saturday. 

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