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New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI 1974 Article

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Read the articles of New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI 1974 - Australia tour of New Zealand 2-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between Australia and New Zealand at Lancaster Park, Christchurch in 31st March 1974.

An power-hitting half-centuries from Ashley Woodcock, Ian Chappell and Greg Chappell before Ashley Mallett's three-for helped to Australia comprehensive 31-run victory over New Zealand, despite a historic blistering century from wicketkeeper Ken Wadsworth - suffered a hand injury Bevan Congdon's 49* and clinch the two-match series 2-0 whitewash in a 35-over high-scoring game of the second ODI.

Match Stats :
  • Australia's 31-run win was the largest victory by terms of runs in One-day internationals, previous biggest win was 22 by New Zealand against Pakistan at same venue in the last year.
  • Australia registered the first-ever team to whitewashed their opponents in the bilateral two-match ODI series.
  • This is the first time Australia have whitewashed their oppositions in a bilateral two-match series in One-day internationals.
  • This is the first time New Zealand have suffered a clean sweep in a bilateral two-match series in One-day internationals.
  • Ken Wadsworth became the first New Zealand batsman to score a hundred in One-day international cricket history and overall the third player in ODIs after Dennis Amiss and Roy Fredericks.
  • Ken Wadsworth became the first wicket-keeper batsman to score a hundred in One-day international cricket history.
  • Ken Wadsworth hammered a 96-ball fastest century in One-day international cricket history, surpassing the previous record of 113-ball hundred held by Roy Fredericks against England at The Oval in the last year.
  • Ashley Woodcock became the sixth Australian batsman to score a fifty in One-day internationals.
  • Australia's 265 was the highest score ever in One-day international cricket history, previous highest was their 240 against England at Lord's in 1972.
  • New Zealand's 234 was the fourth highest score in One-day internationals.

Australia scored 265-5 in 35 overs with top scorer by Ian Chappell hammered a 86 off 67-balls including 10-fours & 2-sixes with strike rate of 128.35.

Greg Chappell cracked a unbeaten 75 off 83-balls including 5-fours & 2-sixes, Debutant Ashley Woodcock - who scored 53 off 67-balls included 5-fours & a six and Doug Walters 19.

New Zealand best bowler by Richard Collinge took 2-wickets, Dayle Hadlee, Lance Cairns and Bevan Congdon each took one-wickets.

New Zealand 83-5 to scored 234-6 in 35 overs with top scorer by Ken Wadsworth 104 off 98-balls - which was his 1st ODI hundred - including 16-fours with strike rate of 106.12.

Bevan Congdon scored a unbeaten 49 off 72-balls including 4-fours and Peter Coman cracked a 38 off 39-balls included 3-fours & 2-sixes.

Australia best bowler by Ashley Mallett picked up 3-wickets, Max Walker, Gary Gilmour and Doug Walters each took one-wickets.

Player of the match shared for Australia - Ian Redpath, Ashley Mallett and Ashley Woodcock - For New Zealand - Ken Wadsworth, Richard Collinge and Peter Coman.




( 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.)