Australia vs New Zealand First Ever ODI Match Series

Australia tour of New Zealand first ever 2-match one day international series of 2nd ODI match played between Australia and New Zealand at Christchurch in 31st March 1974.

The Australian cricket tour of New Zealand ended in a flurry of free-hitting at Lancaster Park in 1974.

As the tourists won the second of the one day international by 31-runs and Australia whitewash the series 2-0.

The Australian scored a mammoth total of 265-5 from their 35 overs, Then New Zealand thanks to a blistering century by their wicketkeeper Ken Wadsworth recovered from 83-5 to 234-6 when their 35 overs were completed.

For a time the Kiwis looked as though they might get the runs as Ken Wadsworth thrased an Australian attack.

New Zealand wicketkeeper Ken Wadsworth took a hand with a brilliant 104 off 94 deliveries including 16 fours.

Ken Wadsworth and Bevan Congdon 49 not out put on 130 for the sixth wicket and for a time looked like they might even win the game for the Kiwis.

This one-day game produced 499 runs off 70 overs - clear evidence of the big-hitting approach by the batsmen.

The Australian started very well with opener Ashley Woodcock scoring a polished 53 off 67 deliveries including 5 fours and one six in little more than an hour.

But again it was the Chappell brothers, Ian and Greg, who set the pace.

Ian Chappell was smashed a magnificent hitting of 86 off facing 67 deliveries including 10 terrific fours and 2 tremendous sixes in 82 minutes.

It was a slightly less artistic innings than his 83 at Dunedin in previous day, but it was no less commanding and the Lancaster Park to a standing ovation.

Greg Chappell was not far behind him, cracking an unbeaten 75 off 83 balls with 5 fabulous fours and 2 glorious sixes.

Earlier, first time between Australia and New Zealand first ever ODI match played at Dunedin in 30th March in 1974, In this match Australia chased the 195 in 24.2 overs.

And Australia won by 7 wickets (with 85 balls remaining) to overhaul New Zealand's 194 for 4 in 35 overs.

Ian Chappell again led the way with 83 and was capably supported by Keith Stackpole, whose 50 broke a long run of low scores.

Together they put on 136 runs in just 69 minutes with Chappell hitting two 6s.



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