Five-star Zampa seals ODI series win

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Adam Zampa quipped he bowled "terribly" after a maiden five-wicket ODI haul, and attributed his success to Australia's seamers after they wrapped up the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand in Cairns.

Zampa finished with a career-best 5-35 as his side sealed an unassailable 2-0 series lead over the Black Caps with their 113-run win at Cazalys Stadium.

Defending just 195 after their top order was skittled, Australia looked like they could suffer a first loss to the Black Caps on home soil across three formats for the first time since 2011.

But a combination of stellar bowling and a nightmare batting display from the tourists, dismissed for a paltry 82 off 33 overs, means Australia walk into Sunday's final match with the series locked up.

Zampa cashed in after Mitchell Starc (2-12), Marcus Stoinis (1-14) and a career-best 2-1 off five overs from Sean Abbott paved the way to victory.

"I reaped the rewards of the guys who bowled before me," Zampa said.

"To have them three down, and for me to come on and have them under a little bit of scoreboard pressure made my job a little bit easier.

"I just reaped the rewards of some excellent consistency and discipline from the quicks."

The Kiwis looked primed to end their trans-Tasman hoodoo when Australia's top order collapsed for a second straight game.

Aaron Finch's woes with the bat continued, falling for his fifth duck of 2022 - the most by an Australian in a calendar year.

David Warner (5), Marnus Labuschagne (5) and Stoinis (0) offered little resistance as the Aussies tumbled to 4-26, losing four wickets in the power play in consecutive innings.

But Steve Smith's 61 and stellar tail-end cameos by Zampa (16), Starc (38 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (23no) ensured Australia reached 9-195.

New Zealand's top order then experienced the same troubles and began the chase in shaky fashion.

The Black Caps' 3-14 was their lowest score after 10 overs in the powerplay era since it was introduced in 2005.

Their next seven wickets dropped for only 68 runs with skipper Kane Williamson (17) top-scoring.

"Today I thought we were too soft in terms of our dismissals with the bat," he said.

"The new ball was quite challenging and Australia were outstanding with the lengths they managed to hit."

His side's batting display leaves their record on Australian soil at just 18 ODI wins, with their last coming in 2009.