New Zealand vs Australia
NZ win by 51 runs
They were helped by some questionable umpiring decisions - Ponting's dismissal was crucial - but the Black Caps have nonetheless managed to take the dead rubber to ensure they only lose the series 3-2. That should give them some confidence for the Tests, which get underway on Friday. Tim Southee scoops the man of the match award for his four wickets, and has done enough over the past two weeks to suggest he is improving with time. Thanks for joining us, and of course you can wander across to follow the England match on our site. Cheers.
Over 47 Bond W
190 all out - WICKET! Rather fittingly, it's Southee and Bond who combine to bring this match to a close as McKay's lofted drive falls into Southee's hands at deep cover. Both the Kiwis finish with four wickets to their name and New Zealand have won this one comfortably.
Over 46 Vettori W-1-0-1-wd-0-1
190-9 - WICKET! Hopes goes, and with him Australia's dying hopes evaporate altogether. He tried to go back over Vettori's head for six, but he sliced his shot and Guptill takes the catch at wide long-off. McKay and Doug Bollinger do their best to whittle down the deficit.
Over 45 Bond 0-1-1-W-0-0
186-8 - Bond returns for his final two overs, so Southee has one over in the bag for the death. WICKET! That relieves the pressure which was just starting to pop its head up for New Zealand, as Hauritz reaches for a full delivery outside off and steers it straight to Styris at backward point. Clint McKay can't get either of the final two balls away.
Over 44 Tuffey 1-4-1-1-1-1
184-7 - There's one! Hopes swings hard and connects to get four to cow corner, and with five singles Australia more or less stay in the game although the required rate is around 9.5 per over now. They need a couple of big overs.
Over 43 Southee 1-1-1-1-1-1
175-7 - This all seems fairly dull and pointless, but you nnever know how things might pan out. Hopes is having a real go but hasn't made meaningful contact with anything in this over, so it's just singles.
Over 42 Vettori 2-0-1-1-4-1
169-7 - Hopes sweeps through midwicket for a couple, and then middles another one through square leg for four. A fine stroke, and it helps Australia score nine from the over, which is pretty much the required rate. They now need 73 runs from 48 balls.
Over 41 Southee wd-0-W-0-1-1-1
160-7 - Southee starts with a wide, but follows it up with a well-disguised slower ball which yorks Johnson as the pace completely deceives him. WICKET! Johnson's not one to hang about, but instead of clearing wide long-on he falls well short and is caught about 20 yards off the rope after skying it. Nathan Hauritz is all smiles as he joins the action at the non-striker's end, probably realising that this game is gone. Southee now has four wickets to his name having bowled quite brilliantly.
Over 40 Vettori 1-0-0-0-4-1
156-6 - Johnson gets tied down by Vettori, but then gets a delivery with the sort of length he likes and hammers it wide of mid-off for four. Still just six from the over, and Australia need more than that during these powerplay overs.
Over 39 Southee 1-1-W-1-2-1
150-6 - Fun and games as Nathan McCullum gets ready to return, which prompts Australia to take the batting powerplay. That forces Vettori to reconsider and he decides that Southee is the man for the job. Mind games at play but it's also good tactics because Australia clearly don't fancy facing the slow bowlers again and a good powerplay might make it tricky for Vettori to bring them back. WICKET! Never mind that - Hussey is gone! The left-hander had driven beautifully for one run after hitting the stumps at the non-striker's end to get a mere single, but then tries to sweep the seamer when he's back on strike and is bowled around his legs.
Over 38 Tuffey 1-2-0-0-2-1
144-5 - Hopkins is up to the stumps now as Tuffey continues, and Australia rely on some really quick running to bring them a couple of twos. Hussey gets a couple over midwicket, then pushes short of long-on for a very sharp two.
Over 37 Bond 1-0-1-0-0-0
138-5 - Another brilliant over from Bond, and Australia are having the life squeezed out of them here. They now need 104 runs to win from 78 deliveries.
Over 36 Tuffey 0-0-1-0-0-0
136-5 - Tuffey rejoins his new-ball partner and does a brilliant job of shutting up shop. There's just a single from the over as both batsmen struggle, and the required run rate has risen above 7.5 per over now. Something's gotta give, but first we'll have drinks.
Over 35 Bond 1-0-0-1-0-1
135-5 - The ball has been changed after 34 overs, so Bond returns to see if he can strike with a harder nut. He can't force a breakthrough, but he does limit the batsmen to just three singles to take the equation to 107 runs needed from 90 balls.
Over 34 Styris 1-0-1-1-1-1
132-5 - Styris is forgiven for that last over as Vettori gives him another one, and Hussey shows that the scoop shot is not for everyone as he scoops the ball straight into his grill. He's still 'with it' enough to run, but it's only singles in the over.
Over 33 N McCullum 1-0-1-0-0-1
127-5 - McCullum's getting some lovely drift and turn now, and that limits the batsmen to three singles int a tricky over. That required run rate is up to 6.75 now.
Over 32 Styris 4-4-1-0-2-0
124-5 - A banner in the crowd reads 'Dream Me Up Scotty' as Styris comes on to bowl his first over. That's rather more clever than Scotty's bowling, because his first two deliveries are slow and short and Hussey pulls them both away for four, finding different gaps in the field with each one. Hopes clips away fine for a couple ot make it a pricey over for some poor bowling.
Over 31 N McCullum 2-0-1-1-0-0
113-5 - Hopes capitalises on a misfield as Vettori lets one through his legs at backward point to concede two unnecessary runs. He's looked like an aged man in the field today Vettori, and I rather fancy his knee(s) need a bit of a break.
Over 30 Vettori 1-1-1-0-4-0
109-5 - Hussey picks the short ball and hammers it away square as he swivels through his pull shot. He picked the gap perfectly there. Twenty overs to go, and Australia need 133 runs to win at 6.65 per over.
Over 29 N McCullum 1-0-0-0-0-1
102-5 - Hussey drives the first delivery to long-off for a single, and Hopes can only get a run off the final ball as he pushes into the off side and nicks a quick single. Then lack of strike is starving Hussey just as he was starting to get in.
- 13th Mar 2010
- Westpac Stadium, Wellington
- Asad Rauf and G A V Baxter
australia BATTING CARD
|Watson||c Taylor b McCullum||53|
|Haddin||c Southee b Bond||17|
|Ponting||c Hopkins b Bond||0|
|White||c Vettori b Southee||6|
|Voges||c Hopkins b Southee||5|
|Hopes||c Guptill b Vettori||40|
|Johnson||c Sub b Southee||6|
|Hauritz||c Styris b Bond||9|
|McKay||c Southee b Bond||2|
|Total||All out, 46.1 Overs||190|