The Australians were led to an improbable two-wicket victory by excellent batting efforts from Green (89 no) and Alex Carey (85), who together had a 158-run partnership. Despite a cramp attack for Green and a tense rain delay that halted play with the Australians only four runs from their target, the hosts pulled off the victory in thrilling fashion. Despite the defeat and a batting collapse in which they lost their final six wickets for 44 runs, there were some positives for New Zealand, with Trent Boult's devastation of Australia's top order sure to make the host side nervous ahead of the second match.
In the second ODI of the series, New Zealand will try to get its series back on track. They had excellent tenacity in the last game. The Kiwis will, however, be counting on their hitters to deliver in the crucial second ODI.