Why Marcus Stoinis' 146 was a freak innings

The streaker evaded security in his run across Eden Park only to be felled by the advertising hoardings

GETTY The streaker evaded security in his run across Eden Park only to be felled by the advertising hoardings

Scarcely believable scenes transpired as New Zealand claimed a six-run win in a thrilling finish to the Chappell-Hadlee series opener against Australia at Eden Park on Monday.

Stoinis hit a sublime 146 not out but ultimately it was in vain as he gradually ran out of partners, Josh Hazlewood the last man to fall as he was run out without facing a ball - despite being at the crease for 26 minutes.

The Kangaroos won the toss and chose to bowl first.

His inclusion for the New Zealand tour was more a natural effect of that initial installation, and with pre-match attention today focused squarely upon the late withdrawal of Matthew Wade and the resulting chain reaction of team shuffling, his presence on the team sheet flew under the radar.

While Kiwis lost their first match by the margin of 68 runs, the other two ODI's turned out to be more disastrous as they lost by 116 runs and 117 runs respectively.

And that, Stoinis revealed, was ultimately the plan before the run out of Hazlewood ended the carnage agonisingly short of its intended destination. Neesham was put down by Shaun Marsh in the 31st over but he continued playing aggressively. Guptill's third straight ball is turned through midwicket, nice outfield today and they're back for three runs on the throw from the deep. By the end of 40 overs, New Zealand were 215 for six.

Having been sent in to bat, New Zealand's managed 286 for nine in its 50 overs, recovering from 134 for five.

There are no cliches about second impressions, but game-breaking allrounder Marcus Stoinis delivered a fine reminder of their value in Auckland. Only New Zealand's Luke Ronchi's 170 at Dunedin against Sri Lanka in 2015 tops Stoinis.

Meanwhile, he also became the first Aussie to take three wickets and score a century in the same match.

Stoinis (146 not out) tried to rebuild the innings with James Faulkner (25) and in the process the required run rate crossed eight by the 30th over mark.

The New Zealanders, who thought their win was secured with Australia at 67-6, began to dissolve into panic as Stoinis kept up his lone assault.

With his maiden worldwide ton brought up with a sixth maximum off 96 balls, he milked the strike expertly to keep his No 11 at the non-striker's end and continued to find and clear the boundary at an alarming rate for the stunned Black Caps.

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