AusvNZ 3rd ODI ended up as a one sided match as the hosts cruised to victory and won the Chappell-Hadlee Series. New Zealand won the match by 24 runs thanks to a magnificent century of Ross Taylor and 6 wickets of Trent Boult.
However, the AusvNZ match did not only cost the Aussies the series but also the No 1 ODI ranking. South Africa goes past the Aussies. Australia lost the series to New Zealand by 2-1 in the absence of crucial players like David Warner and Steven Smith.
Australia will tour India for a Four Match Test Series and play Sri Lanka for T20 series. South Africa on the other hand is playing 5 match ODI series against Sri Lanka and has already won it with 3-0 lead with couple of matches to be played.
Both Australia and South Africa remained neck to neck in the ODI ranking for last few months and finally the Proteas have dethroned the Aussies.
In the AusvNZ match, New Zealand scored 281 runs thanks to Ross Taylor for his 107 runs. Kiwis put up a brave effort and ensured to give the bowlers some defendable total. Chasing the 282 total, Australia never looked comfortable and fell to the magical bowling of Trent Boult. He finished his spell with 6 wickets and ensured the series win for his team. Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner claimed 3 wickets each as Taylor was well supported by Dean Brownile. Brownile scored 63 runs. Australian Captain Aaron Finch and Travis Head also scored half centuries 56 and 53 respectively in the unsuccessful chase.