When Mitchell Starc caught Lockie Ferguson at mid-wicket for 207 runs, Australia still needed 26 runs to win, with only 2 wickets remaining. But their hope was Cameron Greene. I had to take care of the physio for a while due to leg muscle injury, then the rain came down again. However, this all-rounder gave Australia a thrilling victory with Adam Zampa. After a record partnership with Alex Carey, Green’s unbroken 26-run ninth-wicket partnership with Jumpa saw Australia chase down the target of 233 runs with 2 wickets and 30 balls in hand..
Chasing 232 runs, few fans would have expected Australia to turn around after losing 5 wickets for 44 runs. But Carey and Greene turned around from the edge of the ditch and set the stage for victory. With their record pair, Australia began to get a taste of victory in the first ODI against New Zealand. But in a moment’s storm, the end almost matched the starting point. The hosts lost 3 wickets to go from 202 to 207 runs. However, even in this storm, Green was unbeaten, scoring 89 runs off 92 balls.
After 2004 no more international matches were played in Cairns. It was also difficult to understand the character of the wicket after returning to cricket after 18 years. However, the target of 233 runs was not very big in front of Australia. However, the return to cricket in Cairns was made an occasion of celebration by the Kiwi fast bowlers. The Australian top order batsmen had no answer to the pace bowling of Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson. At the end of 12 overs, the hosts’ batting line-up was reduced to rubble after losing 5 wickets.
Apart from David Warner, none of the first 5 batsmen could reach double figures. But even in that situation, Carey and Green duo wrote the story of comeback with great batting. They pulled the team by getting runs in sync with the ball. The two added 158 runs off 163 balls. The sixth wicket at home is Australia’s highest, second highest in run chases overall. However, in the next two overs after Carey (85 runs) returned to the team’s 202 runs, Australia lost Maxwell and Starc and came under pressure again. Even though the rain came in for a while, Green and Zampa left the field with victory assured.