Aaron Finch enjoys perfect ODI send off as Australia beat New Zealand

Aaron Finch enjoys perfect send off from ODI cricket, as Australia beat New Zealand by 25 runs with Steve Smith’s brilliant ton wrapping up a series 3-0 win

  • Australia beat New Zealand by 25 runs in Cairns on Sunday
  • Hosts finished on 5-267 and bowled out the visitors for 242 in 49.5 overs
  • The win means Australia have swept the Chappell-Hadlee Series 3-0
  • Aussie skipper Aaron Finch is set to retire from ODI cricket 
  • Man-of-the-series Steve Smith hit a 131-ball 105 as he top scored for Australia

Australia have whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 in the Chappell-Hadlee Series after winning the final one-day international in Cairns by 25 runs.

The hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead when winning by 113 runs at Cazaly’s Stadium on Thursday and ensured captain Aaron Finch bowed out on a triumphant note in his last ODI match.

Finch, who will captain Australia at next month’s T20 World Cup on home soil, announced he was retiring from one-day cricket on Saturday.

Australia wrap up a 3-0 series win against New Zealand on Sunday in Cairns

In reply to Australia’s five for 267 five, New Zealand were all out for 242, with last man Trent Boult dismissed by Mitchell Starc off the penultimate ball of the match.

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Man-of-the-series Steve Smith top-scored for Australia with a 131-ball 105, which included 11 fours and a six, while Marnus Labuschagne (52) and wicket-keeper Alex Carey (42 not out) helped the hosts set a challenging target.

Finch faced just 13 balls before being bowled by Tim Southee for five in his final ODI innings.

Aaron Finch enjoyed a perfect send-off from ODI cricket as the Aussies won the series

Man-of-the-series Steve Smith top scored for Australia with 105 off 131 balls 

New Zealand slipped to five for 112 in the 28th over after captain Kane Williamson was run out by Labushagne for 27.

They responded through Glenn Phillips (47), Jimmy Neesham (36) and Mitchell Santner (30) and needed 46 from the final 30 balls.

But Phillips was given out off Starc after Sean Abbott threw the ball back to himself while taking a catch after stepping over the boundary and all momentum was lost when Santner holed out to Abbott off Cameron Green in the following over.




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