Nice to get my highest score on my home ground: Steve Smith

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 11:31 IST | AFP

Steve Smith hit a record-breaking century and took two superb catches as Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day series opener in Sydney yesterday

Australia captain Steven Smith celebrates after completing his ton against New Zealand during the ODI in Sydney yesterday. Pic/AP,PTI
Australia captain Steven Smith celebrates after completing his ton against New Zealand during the ODI in Sydney yesterday. Pic/AP,PTI

Sydney: Steve Smith hit a record-breaking century and took two superb catches as Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day series opener in Sydney yesterday.

The Australia skipper smashed 164 off 157 balls, the highest one-day international score at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to lead Australia to 324 for eight.

Man of the match Smith struck 14 fours and four sixes in his seventh ODI century after winning the toss to give the Black Caps a tough target to chase down. Smith then took two great catches and paceman Josh Hazlewood claimed three wickets to dismiss the Kiwis for 256 in 44.2 overs.

Smith's knock, the seventh highest by an Australian, surpassed South Africa's AB de Villiers' 162 at the same ground in last year's World Cup. It was also the joint-highest by an Australia captain. Ricky Ponting also made 164 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006. He then took two decisive catches in the Black Caps' innings.

It was his throat-high catch at slip that got a big breakthrough to dismiss skipper Kane Williamson for just nine. Smith later latched onto a flying one-handed screamer to dismiss BJ Watling for six off Mitchell Marsh, hurling himself to his left in the gully for a stunning catch.

"I got a bit of luck. I was probably out lbw at one point," Smith said. "It's nice to get my highest score at my home ground and post a huge total. We were able to get over the line, which was the most pleasing thing. I am sure New Zealand will hit back hard."

Opener Martin Guptill raised his 11th ODI century with a mighty six off Marsh over long-on off 93 balls and was his side's major hope of reeling in Australia's huge target. But leggie Adam Zampa coaxed Guptill into a false shot to find fielding substitute Glenn Maxwell at mid-wicket and he was on his way for 114 off 102 balls in the 33rd over.

Brief scores
Australia 324-8 in 50 overs (S Smith 164, T Head 52; T Boult 2-51) beat New Zealand 256 all out in 44.2 overs (M Guptill 114, C Munro 49; J Hazlewood 3-49) by 68 runs

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