Warner, Marsh steer Australia to series-levelling win over Kiwis

Johannesburg : David Warner and Mitchell Marsh produced contrasting performances on Saturday as Australia claimed a thrilling four-wicket win over New Zealand in the second one-day international to send the three-match game to a decider.

Chasing a winning target of 282, Australia lost six wickets before holding their nerve to clinch the victory with 21 balls to spare at Wellington.

The tourists suffered a middle-order batting collapse after a strong 122-run opening stand between Warner and Usman Khawaja (50).

Warner (98) fell two runs short of completing his sixth ODI century as he was trapped lbw by Mitchell Santner, who was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand with three scalps.

Following the dismissal of Warner, Australia needed 90 runs to clinch the crucial win as an unbeaten 69 from Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings not out 48 helped the tourists to get them over the line, Sport24 reported.

Earlier, New Zealand relied on Kane Williamson (60) and Santner’s tail-end partnership with Adam Milne to post 281 for nine after winning the toss.

New Zealand won the first match by 159 runs and now the series will now go to a decider in Hamilton on Monday. (ANI)