Warner shines as Australia level series


David Warner's 79-ball 98 and a restorative partnership between Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings helped Australia set up a series decider against New Zealand with a four-wicket victory in the second one-day international at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

Having been thrashed by 159 runs in Auckland, Steve Smith's men were able to complete a successful run-chase on Saturday as they surpassed the Black Caps' total of 281-9 with 21 balls to spare - thanks largely to an opening stand of 122 between Warner and the recalled Usman Khawaja (50).

New Zealand hit back with four wickets in the space of seven overs and Australia were in trouble at 197-6 when Mitchell Santner (3-47) removed Warner and Matthew Wade (2), who fell to a sensational boundary catch by Adam Milne, in quick succession.

However, Marsh (69 not out off 72 balls) and Hastings (48 not out off 47) shared an unbroken alliance of 86 in 14 overs - the latter reaching a career-best ODI score - to deny the hosts a series win and ensure there will be all to play for in the third contest at Hamilton on Monday.

Marsh had earlier claimed the wickets of Martin Guptill (31) and Henry Nicholls (4) on his way to figures of 2-30 from six overs, while Hastings (0-42 from 10) proved economical. There were also two scalps for debutant leg-spinner Adam Zampa, while Josh Hazlewood enjoyed late success to finish with 3-61.

Kane Williamson's 60 represented the most significant contribution in New Zealand's innings, while Santner and Milne impressed down the order with 45 not out and 36 respectively.

An unchanged New Zealand won the toss and made a characteristically fast start - Brendon McCullum thumping three sixes, having been dropped on nought by Glenn Maxwell, before being bowled by Scott Boland (2-61) for 28 off 12 balls.

Guptill also survived a tough chance to Hazlewood, but Australia nevertheless pegged the Black Caps back as Marsh struck twice.

Zampa (2-57) then had the ever-reliable Williamson caught in the covers by Smith for his first international wicket and also accounted for Grant Elliott (32) before some late hitting boosted the home total.

The in-form Khawaja, playing his first ODI in almost three years, and Warner combined to give Australia a dream start to their chase.

However, the exit of Khawaja, who offered a return catch to Santner, triggered a mini-collapse as Smith (2), George Bailey (0) and Maxwell (6) fell in quick succession.

Warner appeared likely to guide Australia home, yet he was trapped plumb in front by Santner - although the hosts did need a review to get their man.

When Milne took a leaping, one-handed catch on the midwicket boundary to dismiss Wade, New Zealand appeared favourites, but Marsh and Hastings responded superbly with a counter-attacking partnership that proved decisive.