Over the past few days, Australia has been hosting New Zealand for a limited-overs series. The 2nd ODI of the tour was played between the two sides and the Kiwi pacers, Matt Henry and Trent Boult made the ball move sideways to crack through the whole batting order of the Kangaroos, barring the dependable Steve Smith (61), who helped the visitors to reach a score of 195 on the board. In reply, NZ also had a poor start and was reduced to 14 for 3 at the nine-over mark.
But things went from bad to worse if Australia executed the easy run-out chance after Kane Williamson’s horror mix-up with Devon Conway. Guptill was dismissed by Mitchell Starc on the fifth ball of the first over. But despite losing a key player, Kane interestingly tried to risk a tight single on the immediate next ball.
The NZ skipper played the length ball off the backfoot and was looking to get a suicidal single. Devon Conway hesitated after coming halfway down the pitch to Kane Williamson’s call and the horror mix-up resulted in both him and Kane stuck in the middle of the pitch. However, instead of making the most of the easy chance, the Australians staged their own comedy of errors.
Sean Abbott –at the short cover– first failed to grab the ball, and after he did so and threw it to Alex Carey, the wicket-keeper missed the stumps attempting a fancy deflection. Here is the video of the incident shared on the official Twitter handle of Cricket Australia:
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The reprieve off Kane Williamson’s horror mix-up with Devon Conway didn’t cost the Kangaroos much as both the batters failed to use the precious lifelines.
Both Conway (5 off 20) and Kane Williamson (17 off 58) struggled for rhythm and timing as the Australian bowlers kept on troubling the batter with consistent line and length. Presently, New Zealand is reeling at 45 for 6 and looks set for a huge defeat. Zampa and Sean took two wickets each while Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis have had a productive outing.