New Zealand hammer Australia in Auckland


New Zealand secured a crushing 159-run victory over Australia in the one-day international series opener at Eden Park on Wednesday. 

World champions Australia were bowled out for a paltry 148 after 24.2 overs in reply to New Zealand's 307-8 at Auckland to give the h osts a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Martin Guptill made a rapid 90 and Henry Nicholls 61 to ensure the Black Caps posted an imposing target in a repeat of last year's ICC Cricket World Cup final.

Trent Boult (3-38) and Matt Henry (3-41) reduced the tourists to 41-6 and there was no way back from that woeful start.

Shaun Marsh was the first to go for the tourists after making just five runs off eight balls, caught by Guptill off Henry, before captain Steve Smith (18) was bowled by the same paceman in the sixth over.

David Warner (12) was trapped leg before by Boult, with Henry then getting his third wicket by dismissing George Bailey (2). Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh were both gone for ducks in the same over from the brilliant Boult to leave Australia in disarray on 41-6.

Matthew Wade (37) and James Faulkner (36) combined for a partnership of 79, but the wicketkeeper was on his way in the 21st over after being caught by Nicholls off Corey Anderson (1-14).

Faulkner was bowled by Adam Milne (1-46) in the next over, with Kane Richardson and John Hastings dismissed off Mitchell Santner's first and second balls of the game respectively to finish a one-sided contest.

Guptill had set the tone for New Zealand, hitting eight fours and five sixes - one of which ended up on the roof of the main grandstand - in a blistering 76-ball knock.

He put on 79 for the first wicket with Brendon McCullum (44) before the New Zealand captain was bowled by Faulkner (2-67). 

There was a rare failure for the prolific Kane Williamson, was caught by Shaun Marsh off Josh Hazlewood (2-68) without scoring.

Guptill and Nicholls steadied the ship for the Black Caps with a 100-run stand, but the latter was caught by Wade off Mitchell Marsh (2-35) to leave New Zealand on 181-3 with half of their overs remaining. 

Santner added 35 not out to take New Zealand over the 300 mark and Australia did not come close to chasing down their target.