Australia's bowlers did the job with bat and ball in the second ODI against New Zealand, overcoming a shaky start to win by 113 runs in Cairns on Thursday.
Under fire captain Aaron Finch failed again with a second ball duck and Australia's top order was again blown away by New Zealand's bowlers, only for the tail of Mitchell Starc (38*) and Josh Hazlewood (23*) to take the score to a competitive 9/195 after Steve Smith earlier battled hard for 61 from 94 balls.
After New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and sent Australia in to bat it was yet another failure for Aaron Finch, the right handers fifth ODI duck of 2022 coming from a limp push to mid-off from Matt Henry's bowling in the second over of the match.
Marcus Stoinis also fell for naught as Australia fell to 4-26 and later 8-117 despite a hard-fought knock from Smith, the Black Caps well on top.
The last two wickets would add 79 runs thanks to Starc, Adam Zampa and Hazlewood, Australia batting out their 50 overs to post 9/195 on a difficult pitch for batting.
Trent Boult (4/38) and Matt Henry (3/33) were the standouts for the visitors, setting up a chase of 196 to level the three-match series.
Martin Guptill fell in the opening over to Starc to set the tone for the chase, Sean Abott with a remarkable spell of 5-4-1-2 as New Zealand collapsed to 5/38.
They never recovered as Zampa spun out the middle to lower order to claim his first ODI five wicket haul, snaring 5/35 as the Black Caps were all out for just 82 in 33 overs.
The result sees Australia regain the Chappell-Hadlee trophy; New Zealand having failed to win an ODI in Australia since 2009.
IMAGE: Sporting News.