New Zealand beats Australia by 159 runs in ODI series

Australia has collapsed to a thumping 159-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the opening one-day international at Eden Park.

The tourists had done well to restrict the Black Caps to 8 for 307 after a fiery start with the bat, thanks to Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls.

Guptill smashed 90 runs off 76 balls, while Nicholls was comparitively circumspect with his 61 off 67 in support.

In response, Australia was dismised for a paltry 148 after a rapid top-order collapse.

Set 308 to win, Australia wilted almost immediately, losing its first six wickets for 41 runs.

Trent Boult (3 for 38) and Matt Henry (3 for 41) both bowled the opening 10 overs of the innings, and utterly dominated the Australian batsmen from the off with their pace and movement off the pitch.

Matthew Wade (37) and James Faulkner (36) looked to ressurrect the Australian innings with a 79-run partnership, but Wade skied a slog shot out to Nicholls at deep mid-wicket to end the fanciful hopes of a successful chase.

Faulkner then departed soon after, bowled by Adam Milne.

Kane Richardsom enjoyed some lusty hitting before skying a catch to the covers for 19 off 13, before John Hastings (8) fell on the next delivery to seal a big loss for the tourists.

As a result, New Zealand takes a 1-0 series lead, with the second ODI of the three-match series to be played in Wellington on February 6.

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