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Warner blitz helps Australia draw level

Smith's men weather middle-order wobble to chase New Zealand's 282 for 9 with four wickets to spare

Warner blitz helps Australia draw level  
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Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings held their nerve to see their side through with 21 balls to spare.
David Warner narrowly missed out on a century, but his blistering 79-ball 98 propelled Australia to a series-levelling four-wicket win in the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday (February 6). 

When Warner was the fifth wicket to fall, undone by Mitchell Santner, Australia still needed 90 runs to overhaul the home side's 281 for 9, but Mitchell Marsh (69 not out) and John Hastings (48 not out) held their nerve to see their side through with 21 balls to spare.  

Usman Khawaja (50) did all the early work with Warner in an opening stand of 122. The duo attacked from the start, easily finding the boundaries off New Zealand's match-winners from the first ODI, Trent Boult and Matt Henry.  
  
They raced away to 50 by the end of the sixth over, and forced a bowling change from Brendon McCullum, the captain. 

Santner, the left-arm spinner, got the breakthrough, having Khawaja caught and bowled in the 17th over. That triggered a middle-order wobble, with Henry removing Steven Smith and George Bailey with successive deliveries and Boult claiming Glenn Maxwell as Australia lost four wickets for 22 runs. 



Mitchell Marsh added 47 for the fifth wicket with Warner to restore stability to the innings, before it was left to Santner again to offer New Zealand a chance. The opener was given out lbw and had to walk back, his 98 containing four sixes and eight fours.  

A remarkable catch by Adam Milne of Matthew Wade at the boundary give Santner his third wicket, and he would end with 3 for 47. 

Santner played a role with a bat as well. It was his 39-ball 45 and 61-run partnership with Milne (36) that lifted New Zealand's total after the middle order struggled. 

McCullum began with his trademark flurry to take his side to 35 in the fifth over, but when he was bowled by Scott Boland for 28, the rest of the batsmen could not maintain the momentum. 
 



Kane Williamson managed 60, but even he took 74 balls.

Josh Hazlewood took 3 for 61 while Adam Zampa, on debut, Scott Boland and Marsh took two wickets each. 

With New Zealand having won the first match by 159 runs, the series will now go to a decider in Hamilton on Monday. 

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