The New Zealand cricket team toured Australia for three Chappell-Hadlee Trophy ODI matches between March 13 and March 20. However, amidst the rising worldwide panic caused by the highly-contagious Coronavirus, both Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket Board have postponed the series after the first match itself. The first ‘Aus vs NZ’ ODI was played on March 13 at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
In the match, Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first. Riding on crucial half-centuries from David Warner, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne, the home side posted a competitive 258-7 from their 50 overs. In response, New Zealand could muster only 187 to fall 71 runs short of their target.
In the 24th over of New Zealand, the Black Caps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham belted Steve Smith towards the midwicket boundary for a huge six. Since the match was played in an empty stadium due to the Coronavirus outbreak, substitute fielder Ashton Agar himself had to go to the stands to search for the ball. The match came to a brief halt as Ashton Agar struggled to search the same. The hilarious clip of Agar’s struggles was posted by Cricket Australia on their official Twitter handle.
Apart from the ongoing ‘Aus vs NZ’ series, the worldwide panic caused by Coronavirus has already impacted many sporting events around the globe. In cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also cancelled the series between India and South Africa. Moreover, the much-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) season has been postponed with a launch date of April 15 instead of the earlier planned March 29.