Australia and New Zealand are currently locking horns in the first match of the three ODI series at the Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns, Queensland. Hosts’ skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Glenn Maxwell takes a sensational catch to dismiss Martin Guptill
New Zealand was off a slow start as Australian pacers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood made life tough for the Kiwi openers. The pacer bowling duo bowled exceptional lines and lengths and gave a great start to their team.
But their exceptional pace bowling was overshadowed by Glenn Maxwell’s brilliance in the field. The all-rounder took a blinder to send Guptill packing for 6 runs in 19 balls.
It was during the fifth over when Starc bowled a good length delivery that took the outside edge of Guptill’s bat and the ball went towards the off-side, wide off backward point. Maxwell, who was stationed there, then put in the perfect dive towards his left and grabbed the ball with one hand.
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Maxwell’s sensational catch boosted Australia’s bowling lineup as they then bowled exceptionally well and kept taking wickets at regular intervals to put pressure on the opposition.
Glenn Maxwell registers his career-best figures with the ball
Maxwell however didn’t stop here as he then also bowled sensationally to make a mockery of New Zealand’s batting order. The all-rounder registered his career-best figures and took 4/52 in his quota of 10 overs.
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Maxwell first removed Kane Williamson to jolt New Zealand’s top order and then went on to remove Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, and Michael Bracewell to put his team on the top.
His staggering figures with the ball helped Australia restrict New Zealand to a total of 232/9. Apart from Maxwell, Hazlewood also took 3 wickets whereas Starc and Adam Zampa also shared one wicket between them.