Smith's perfectly-paced hundred gives Finch winning finish

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The middle order of New Zealand staged an ebullition, but they did not win in the end.

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There was no fairytale ending with the bat of Aaron Finch but Finch

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 was able to cap out the last chapter of his ODI career with a hard-earned 25, 25-run victory .

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 Steven Smith, who could be a candidate for the position of captain of the 50-over format, scored the most impressive 100

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and the Australian bowlers were able to thwart a determined attempt by New Zealand's middle order.

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At 112-5 chasing 268, following a difficult game to Kane Williamson, Australia were comfortably favourites,

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but the recall of Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner revived hopes.

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With the goal close at hand, Phillips was caught centimeters away from the line in the hands of Sean Abbott, 

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who with the ball in his hand, then was able to get Santner stuck in the middle.

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Smith delivered a standout performance with an excellent example of how to conquer difficult new-ball conditions,

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and then progress in the gears. Smith's 12th ODI century was made from 127 deliveries,

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 which is the most slow of his career however, his second fifty required only 46 balls.

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The first century he scored during the six games with Zimbabwe in addition to New Zealand.

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 The last 20 overs of the Australian innings brought 161 runs.

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