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Comeback kings! Aussies’ remarkable turnaround from 8/113 as Kiwis suffer collapse for the ages, but Finch fails again

Australia have completed a stunning turnaround in the second ODI against New Zealand, overcoming a nightmare start that saw them slump to 8/117 with a scintillating performance with the ball.

Eventually set a run chase of 196 after the Aussie tail rallied in the final overs, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood putting on a critical unbroken 47-run stand for the final wicket, the Black Caps collapsed spectacularly under the Cairns lights, routed for just 82 to lose by 113 runs.

With Sean Abbott picking up two wickets in his first over, and taking until his fifth to so much as concede a run – he’d finish with the miserly figures of 5-4-1-2 – the visitors’ run chase couldn’t have got off to a worse start, with Adam Zampa wrapping up the tail to finish with a five-wicket haul.

The dismissal of Kane Williamson, missing a swipe at a rank full toss from Zampa to be pinned plumb LBW, couldn’t have summed things up any better.

However, the form of Williamson’s rival captain Aaron Finch continues to be a major concern for the Aussies, with the opener falling for a second-ball duck in the opening overs.

Caught at wide mid-off attempting to lift Matt Henry over the covers, the ugly dismissal is set to heap even more pressure on the skipper’s head, having managed just 26 runs at 5.2 across five matches against Zimbabwe and New Zealand in the past fortnight.


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