New Zealand tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

Chappell-Hadlee Trophy - 3rd ODI

Australia v New Zealand

Australia won by 32 runs

2.15pm Australia have decided to open with Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin. Mills to bowl the first over, Haddin takes strike. Not too much of a crowd in at the SCG yet.

2.05pm Ten more minutes to the first ball, which you could use to check out Peter English's preview to the game.

Mark from Australia is too thrilled with the XI his side have chosen. "I see Australia have gone again with 3 long term non-contributors - D Hussey, White and Hilfenhaus - when will the selectors learn!"

Coomare from Canada: "Cameron White is one lucky dude to fly under the radar. what has he done so far?"

1.55pm David Warner is the man who will make way for Ricky Ponting. That will mean yet another new opening combination for Australia.

Australia: 1 Michael Clarke, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 David Hussey, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Callum Ferguson, 8 James Hopes, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Nathan Bracken, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

New Zealand have decided to not tinker with their winning combination. New Zealand: 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Peter Fulton, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Grant Elliott, 6 Neil Broom, 7 Kyle Mills, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Tim Southee, 10 Jeetan Patel, 11 Iain O'Brien

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1.45pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the third ODI between Australia and New Zealand. Can the returning Ricky Ponting lift Australia out of their slump or will New Zealand wrap up the series early?

Toss:New Zealand have won the toss and elected to field.

0.1

Mills to Haddin, no run, Mills starts off with a beauty, seamed away after pitching on off, had Haddin feeling for that one

0.2

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, nice offstump line again, Haddin dabs it off the backfoot to third man for a single

Peter Fulton to open here, McCullum was injured on his shoulder in Australia's innings

0.2

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, good length outside off and moving away a touch, left alone to the keeper

0.3

Mills to Clarke, no run, getting the ball to jag away from the batsman after pitching on a length, Clarke gets confidently on the front foot and defends

0.4

Mills to Clarke, no run, this time it full on the pads, Clarke nudges it towards mid-on

0.5

Mills to Clarke, no run, good over so far from Mills, again keeping it tight around the offstump, defended to midwicket off the back foot

0.6

Mills to Clarke, no run, good length again, draws Clarke onto the front foot, he taps it towards extra cover

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0
BJ Haddin    1* (2b)     

Tim Southee shares the new ball with Mills

1.1

Southee to Haddin, no run, he follows the Mills model, back of a length on offstump, Haddin watchfully defends it off the backfoot

1.2

Southee to Haddin, no run, defended to mid-on off the backfoot

1.3

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, Southee strays onto middle and leg this time, Haddin punches it wide of mid-on for a single

1.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, reverts to pitching it up, giving the batsman no room to work with, Clarke defends it back to the bowler

1.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, yorker this time on middle and off, Clarke squeezes it out back to the bowler

1.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, length ball about a foot outside off, Clarke shoulders arms to that one

Tidy start by Southee as well

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
MJ Clarke    0* (7b)      TG Southee    1-0-1-0
BJ Haddin    2* (5b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0

2.1

Mills to Haddin, no run, that was a length ball, but Haddi is happy to play it off the backfoot, he opens the face of the bat to play it towards point

2.2

Mills to Haddin, no run, a touch wide outside off, nice length though, drawing Haddin onto the front foot, but the batsman opts against offering a stroke at the last moment

2.3

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, this time it is speared into legstump, Haddin just about get some bat on it, inside edge on the pads and the ball rolls towards square leg

2.4

Mills to Clarke, no run, this time it is stabbed towards point, no run as it goes straight to the bowler

2.5

Mills to Clarke, 2 runs, overpitched on middle and leg, Clarke helps himself to a couple by driving it wide off mid-on

2.6

Mills to Clarke, no run, short and wide, Clarke thrashes it towards point, can't beat the fielder there though

End of over 3 (3 runs) Australia 5/0 (RR: 1.66)
MJ Clarke    2* (10b)      KD Mills    2-0-4-0
BJ Haddin    3* (8b)      TG Southee    1-0-1-0

3.1

Southee to Haddin, no run, driven with soft hands towards mid-off, no run

3.2

Southee to Haddin, no run, this time it's on middle stump, Haddin was looking to hammer that through midwicket, gets an inside edge onto his pads

3.3

Southee to Haddin, no run, back of a length and angling into the batsman, Haddin backs away and wants to clobber it down the ground, but he mistimes it to the bowler

3.4

Southee to Haddin, no run, stabbed towards backward point, a much more controlled shot this time, placement was awary again

3.5

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, pitched up, Haddin crashes it towards mid-off, where Vettori puts in a full length dive to his left to cut off the ball

3.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, blocked back to the bowler

End of over 4 (1 run) Australia 6/0 (RR: 1.50)
MJ Clarke    2* (11b)      TG Southee    2-0-2-0
BJ Haddin    4* (13b)      KD Mills    2-0-4-0

4.1

Mills to Haddin, FOUR, that was coming, just a fraction full, he charges down the track and lofts it over mid-on

There's now a short fine and a short cover

4.2

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length on the off stump, mistimes a pull wide of square leg for a single

4.3

Mills to Clarke, FOUR, erring in length here and Australia are finally getting a move-on, short on middle, rocks back and pulls it away over midwicket for a boundary

Short midwicket and a short cover, the two catchers now

4.4

Mills to Clarke, no run, good length on the off stump, gets forward and defends it to short cover

4.5

Mills to Clarke, FOUR, poor ball, fine leg was up and Mills pays the price, full on the pads, Clarke glaces it to the fine-leg boundary

4.6

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, short of a good length on the off stump, guided wide of point for a single

End of over 5 (14 runs) Australia 20/0 (RR: 4.00)
MJ Clarke    11* (15b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-0-18-0
BJ Haddin    9* (15b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-0-2-0

No slips in place now

5.1

Southee to Clarke, 3 runs, short of a good length outside off, gets forward and drive it crisply through the covers, was not quite to the pitch there but played through the line to get three runs

5.2

Southee to Haddin, no run, slower ball bowled short outside off, makes room and chops it to point

5.3

Southee to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended back to the bowler

5.4

Southee to Haddin, 3 runs, short of a good length outside off, makes room and slices it away over the covers for three more

5.5

Southee to Clarke, no run, ,good length on the leg stump, tries to work it it away wide of midwicket, gets a leading edge just wide of Peter Fulton at short cover. He could have caught that, but was really slow to react

5.6

Southee to Clarke, no run, short of a length on middle, defended off the back foot into the off side

End of over 6 (6 runs) Australia 26/0 (RR: 4.33)
MJ Clarke    14* (18b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-0-8-0
BJ Haddin    12* (18b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-0-18-0

6.1

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, short on the off stump, makes room, opens the face and guides it to third man for a single

6.2

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, short on the off again, pushed firmly off the back foot wide of cover for a single

6.3

Mills to Haddin, no run, slower ball on middle and leg, defended watchfully towards mid-on

6.4

Mills to Haddin, no run, short on middle and off again, defended comfortably off the back foot towards point

6.5

Mills to Haddin, 2 runs, slower one again, would have been close had the throw been accurate, pushed away into the leg side and they try to come back for the second, a wayward throw from square leg gives the ample time to get back

6.6

Mills to Haddin, no run, slower one again, cut away to point, need to bowl much fuller here

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 30/0 (RR: 4.28)
BJ Haddin    15* (23b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-0-22-0
MJ Clarke    15* (19b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-0-8-0

Sound start by Australia after a slow initial period

7.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, pushed to midwicket off the back foot

7.2

Southee to Clarke, FOUR, hit through the line there, bowled on a good length outside off, no movement on that one, lofted over mid-off for a boundary

7.3

Southee to Clarke, no run, short of a good length outside off, slashed away to point

7.4

Southee to Clarke, no run, slower ball bowled full on the off stump, pushed off the front foot to cover, decides against the single

7.5

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, short on middle, comes down the track and pulls it away towards deep midwicket

7.6

Southee to Haddin, no run, on middle and leg, tries to flick it away towards square leg, gets an inside edge onto the pads

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 35/0 (RR: 4.37)
BJ Haddin    15* (24b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-13-0
MJ Clarke    20* (24b 3x4)      KD Mills    4-0-22-0

8.1

Mills to Clarke, no run, slower ball bowled outside off, keeps really low, Clarke fails to get his bat down in time

8.2

Mills to Clarke, no run, pushed away off the front foot to midwicket

8.3

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, turned away off the front foot towards deep square leg, again a touch too short

8.4

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, guided off the back foot to third man

Edward: "I love it when Australia play Hilfenhaus...it always means their opponent has a huge opportunity to win. This Black Caps attack is really sharp. Mills has got to be one of the form ODI pacemen in the world currently. Southee - good young blood and Iain O'Blog is the new McGrath. That is without mentioning the spin twins either. NZ has to be the best ODI fielding side also, without a doubt. Go Black Caps!

8.5

Mills to Clarke, no run, on a good length on the off stump, pushed firmly back to the bowler

8.6

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, short of a good length on the off stump, comes forward and closes the face to push it wide of midwicket for a single

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 38/0 (RR: 4.22)
MJ Clarke    22* (29b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-0-25-0
BJ Haddin    16* (25b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-13-0

A rather disappointing Sunday crowd in Sydney. But we can expect more people to trickle in as the match progresses

9.1

Southee to Clarke, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, pushed to midwicket

9.2

Southee to Clarke, no run, full on middle and off, driven firmly back to the bowler

Keeper standing up now

9.3

Southee to Clarke, 1 run, short outside off, missed opportunity there, cut away towards cover where a fumble allows them a run

9.4

Southee to Haddin, 2 runs, misfield again, not quite to the pitch there, on a good length on the off stump, mistimes a slog to Elliot at mid-on who lets the ball go through his legs to allow the batsmen a couple

9.5

Southee to Haddin, 2 runs, a couple more, mistimed again but still effective, good length on the off stump, strikes it uppishly just slightly over mid-off

9.6

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, short of a good length on middle and off, pushed back past the bowler towards mid-on for a single

End of over 10 (6 runs) Australia 44/0 (RR: 4.40)
BJ Haddin    21* (28b 1x4)      TG Southee    5-0-19-0
MJ Clarke    23* (32b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-0-25-0

Hasan: "hi guys i have tuned on the match. i have had a look at the aussie line up and i have realised that cameron white is in there. what has he done so far???"

New Zealand have take the second powerplay

10.1

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball bowled full outside off, driven off the front foot to mid-off who's standing at the edge of the circle

10.2

Mills to Clarke, 2 runs, short on middle, pulled away wide of deep square leg for a couple

Scott: "Disagree with the comments abotu Hilfenhaus - but the comments about White being a liability is right on the money. I'm a Bushrangers (Victoria) fan, but White needs to go.. Same deal for Tait - WHAT are these selectors thinking..!?! Go David Hussey - time to show us what you're made of, mate..!!"

10.3

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball on the off stump, pushed to mid-off for a single

I think almost half of Mill's deliveries here have been slower ones

10.4

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, slower one again, short on the off stump, run down to third man for a single

10.5

Mills to Clarke, no run, we have an injury here, hopefully just a minor one, spat off the pitch, short of a good length outside off, Haddin missed an upper-cut towards third man, and McCullum was struck hard on the shoulders. He's understandably in a bit of pain there, and the players take a short break while he receives some medical attention

All's ok now, he's ready to keep

10.6

Mills to Clarke, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover. 50 up for Australia, at a healthy rate

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 50/0 (RR: 4.54)
MJ Clarke    27* (36b 3x4)      KD Mills    6-0-31-0
BJ Haddin    23* (30b 1x4)      TG Southee    5-0-19-0

Spin being introduced now, just in the 12th over. Vettori to come on

11.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, drifting into the right hander from round the wicket, pushed through quick, tries to work it away on the leg side, gets a thick outside edge

11.2

Vettori to Clarke, no run, shorter on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

11.3

Vettori to Clarke, no run, quicker ball on middle and leg, played away to midwicket

Mid-off comes in and Mid-on is pushed back

11.4

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut away to deep cover off the back foot

11.5

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up on leg stump, driven to midwicket

11.6

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to deep cover again

End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 52/0 (RR: 4.33)
BJ Haddin    24* (32b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
MJ Clarke    28* (40b 3x4)      KD Mills    6-0-31-0

Iain O'Brien into the attack now

12.1

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, full on the off stump, driven back to the bowler off the front foot

12.2

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, short of a length on the off stump, mistimes a pull straight to midwicket

12.3

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, short outside off, faild to get the deserved treatment as there's cover in the deep, cut away fiercely

12.4

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, full on the off stump, driven wide of mid-off off the front foot for a single

12.5

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, short of length outside off, much slower through the air there, chopped down to point and they decide against the single

12.6

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, yorker outside off, tries to driven through the line, gets an edge all along the ground to the keeper

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 54/0 (RR: 4.15)
BJ Haddin    25* (37b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-2-0
MJ Clarke    29* (41b 3x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

13.1

Vettori to Clarke, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, cut away powerfully wide of deep cover for a couple

13.2

Vettori to Clarke, FOUR, beautifully timed, flighted on the off stump, charges down the track and lofts it cleanly over mid-off for a boundary

13.3

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, driven through the line all along the ground to long-on

13.4

Vettori to Haddin, no run, short outside off, cut away to cover

13.5

Vettori to Haddin, no run, flighted on middle and leg, down the track and driven to mid-off

13.6

Vettori to Haddin, no run, much slower through the air on middle and leg, defended on the on-side

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia 61/0 (RR: 4.35)
BJ Haddin    25* (40b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-9-0
MJ Clarke    36* (44b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-2-0

14.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, driven firmly to mid-off

14.2

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, jagged back in a touch, pushed wide of midwicket for a quick single

14.3

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, low full toss on the off stump, pushed wide of the bowler for a single to mid-off

14.4

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length outside off, slashed away off the back foot to third man

14.5

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, poor ball, but gets away with it, short and wide, Haddin mistimes a cut straight to point

14.6

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, good length outside off, driven uppishly wide of cover for a single

A pretty economical powerplay that

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 65/0 (RR: 4.33)
BJ Haddin    27* (43b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    2-0-6-0
MJ Clarke    38* (47b 4x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-9-0

15.1

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up, pitches outside leg stump, he comes down the track and pads it away

15.2

Vettori to Haddin, SIX, big one, in the slot for Haddin, full on middle, there's plenty of air on that one, Haddin gets down on one knee and slogs-sweeps it over the deep midwicket boundary for a massive six

15.3

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle and off, driven off the front foot to mid-off

15.4

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg. pushed off the front foot to long-on

15.5

Vettori to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, cut to short cover

15.6

Vettori to Clarke, no run, on middle and leg, driven to midwicket

End of over 16 (7 runs) Australia 72/0 (RR: 4.50)
MJ Clarke    38* (49b 4x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-16-0
BJ Haddin    34* (47b 1x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    2-0-6-0

16.1

O'Brien to Haddin, FOUR, lucky, good length on middle and leg, tries to slog it away over midwicket, gets a thick inside edge just wide of the leg stump to the fine-leg boundary

16.2

O'Brien to Haddin, FOUR, full and gets the treatment, stays his ground and lofts it cleanly over mid-on for a one bounce four

16.3

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, punched off the back foot to long-on

16.4

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, short of a good length on middle and leg, pushed off the back foot to midwicket

16.5

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, nipped back in sharply, Clarke tried ti cut that past point but was surprised by the bounce and inward movement

16.6

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven off the front foot wide of mid-on for a single

The Australian openers have provided their team an ideal start here. They've managed to a lay the foundation for a substantial score, though New Zealand have'nt bowled all that badly

End of over 17 (10 runs) Australia 82/0 (RR: 4.82)
MJ Clarke    39* (52b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-16-0
BJ Haddin    43* (50b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-16-0

17.1

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, driven down the ground to long-on

17.2

Vettori to Haddin, FOUR, shot! Flighted on middle and off, gets to the pitch by coming down the tracn and driving it firmly back past the bowler to evade long-on to the boundary

17.3

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, short on middle and off, pushed off the back foot to long-off

17.4

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, down the track and driven firmly to long-on

17.5

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, eased through the off side to deep cover

17.6

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length on middle, rocks back and pulls it away to deep midwicket

End of over 18 (9 runs) Australia 91/0 (RR: 5.05)
MJ Clarke    42* (55b 4x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-25-0
BJ Haddin    49* (53b 4x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    3-0-16-0

Just to digress of a brief moment. What do you make of England's abject surrender against West Indies in Jamaica?

18.1

O'Brien to Clarke, no run, full on the off stump, driven on the up, falls short of mid-off

18.2

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, guided to point off the back foot

Haddin on 49

18.3

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, there it is, full on middle and leg, driven off the front foot comfortably to long-on. Brings up his sixth ODO half-century

18.4

O'Brien to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to deep point

18.5

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut off the back foot to third man

18.6

O'Brien to Clarke, FOUR, excellent batting, bowled short of a good length on midd;e, he strikes the ball through the line well over mid-on for a boundary. He is timing the ball beautifull here and getting the distance despite not coming to the pitch

End of over 19 (8 runs) Australia 99/0 (RR: 5.21)
MJ Clarke    48* (59b 5x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-24-0
BJ Haddin    51* (55b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-25-0

Grant Elliot, the star for New Zealand with the bat in the last game, comes on to bowl

19.1

Elliott to Haddin, no run, short of a length outside off, chases it from the crease, the ball swings away at the last moment to miss the outside edge

19.2

Elliott to Haddin, 2 runs, slower through the air, bowled on a good length outside off, Haddin failed to pick and and just chipped it over Daniel Vettori at mid-off for a couple

19.3

Elliott to Haddin, no run, full on middle and off, driven back to the bowler

19.4

Elliott to Haddin, no run, on a good length on the off stump, defended off the back foot

19.5

Elliott to Haddin, SIX, in the slot for Haddin there, a hapless slower delivery bowled full on middle and leg, he gets down on one knee and plays a lofted sweep well wide of deep square leg for another big one

19.6

Elliott to Haddin, no run, short of a length on middle and off, pushed to mid-on

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 107/0 (RR: 5.35)
BJ Haddin    59* (61b 4x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    1-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    48* (59b 5x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-24-0

Jeetan Patel, the offspinner, into the attack now

20.1

Patel to Clarke, SIX, flighted on middle, charges down the wicket to smash it over the bowlers head for a huge six. Gets to his 32nd fifty

20.2

Patel to Clarke, FOUR, dropped, short of a length outside off, tries to late cut it in the third-man region, gets a thick outside edge that McCullum gets his glove to but fails to pouch

20.3

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, driven down the ground to long-on

20.4

Patel to Haddin, 1 run, pushed off the front foot through midwicket for a single

20.5

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, driven down the ground to long-on

20.6

Patel to Haddin, 1 run, full on middle and leg, pushed off the front foot to long-on

End of over 21 (14 runs) Australia 121/0 (RR: 5.76)
BJ Haddin    61* (63b 4x4 2x6)      JS Patel    1-0-14-0
MJ Clarke    60* (63b 6x4 1x6)      GD Elliott    1-0-8-0

Chiranjeevi: "To answer the question about England's surrender to WI, I reckon England is just too good a team to have produced such a result; the same team scored 300+ runs in the same game, mind you. Taking no credit away from WI bowlers, I feel 'all' England batsmen just happened to have a 'bad day', on the 'same day'! Anyways, I guess the overall result augurs very well for WI who are in a re-building phase themselves! It's also better for cricket in general with so many teams growing to be competitive at the same time. "

Just another slight delay as McCullum gets some more attention from his physio

21.1

Elliott to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on the off stump, pushed off the back foot to cover

21.2

Elliott to Haddin, no run, short of a length on the off again, hit to the same fielder albeit a little more firmly

21.3

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball bowled on a good length on middle and leg, pushed through the line to mid-on

21.4

Elliott to Clarke, 1 run, short on middle and leg, flicked away off the back foot to fine leg

21.5

Elliott to Haddin, FOUR, picked up the slower one there, NZ have bowled way too many of them tooday, full on the off stump, slogged away over midwicket for a boundary. The runs continue to flow

21.6

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven to midwicket where a fumble allows them a single. New Zealand losing their guard here

End of over 22 (7 runs) Australia 128/0 (RR: 5.81)
BJ Haddin    67* (68b 5x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    2-0-15-0
MJ Clarke    61* (64b 6x4 1x6)      JS Patel    1-0-14-0

22.1

Patel to Haddin, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, down the track and flicks it away to deep midwicket

22.2

Patel to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle, defended watchfully on the leg side

22.3

Patel to Clarke, no run, pushed through quicker this time, good length on the off stump, defended

22.4

Patel to Clarke, 2 runs, superb fielding by Elliot, tossed up on middle, swept away powerfully wide of deep square leg where Elliot dives full length to cut that off just inside the ropes

22.5

Patel to Clarke, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, driven to long-on

22.6

Patel to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, pushed away off the back foot to deep midwicket

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 133/0 (RR: 5.78)
BJ Haddin    69* (70b 5x4 2x6)      JS Patel    2-0-19-0
MJ Clarke    64* (68b 6x4 1x6)      GD Elliott    2-0-15-0

23.1

Elliott to Haddin, no run, struck on the wrong spot there, short on middle and leg, tries to pull it away over midwicket, misses and he's brave enough to not show he's in pain

23.2

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, short outside off, cut away to deep point

23.3

Elliott to Clarke, 1 wide, wide down the leg side but brilliantly kept by McCullum

23.3

Elliott to Clarke, OUT, slower one bowled full outside off, Clarke makes room and drives it powerfullu but straight to Martin Guptill at short cover. Finally a wicket but not after an excellent start by the Australian openers

MJ Clarke c Guptill b Elliott 64 (100m 69b 6x4 1x6) SR: 92.75

Ricky Ponting walks in

23.4

Elliott to Ponting, no run, slower ball bowled short outside off, cut away to point

23.5

Elliott to Ponting, 1 run, off the mark, short of a length outside off, guided off the back foot third man

23.6

Elliott to Haddin, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, tries to turn it away fine, is s truck high on the pads

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 136/1 (RR: 5.66)
BJ Haddin    70* (73b 5x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    3-0-18-1
RT Ponting    1* (2b)      JS Patel    2-0-19-0

24.1

Patel to Ponting, no run, tossed up on the off stump, defended off the front foot to point

24.2

Patel to Ponting, no run, flighted on middle, pushed back to the bowler

24.3

Patel to Ponting, FOUR, there are just three fielders in the deep, bowled short outside off and spinning into Ponting, gets on the back foot and punches it through the covers for a boundary

24.4

Patel to Ponting, no run, flighted outside off, driven back to the bowler

24.5

Patel to Ponting, 1 run, on middle and leg, flicked away to deep square leg

24.6

Patel to Haddin, 1 run, short of a good length on the off stump, no spin on that one, eased through the midwicket region for a single

End of over 25 (6 runs) Australia 142/1 (RR: 5.68)
BJ Haddin    71* (74b 5x4 2x6)      JS Patel    3-0-25-0
RT Ponting    6* (7b 1x4)      GD Elliott    3-0-18-1

Tropical Sky: "The obvious problem with English batting line up is not having a world class No 3 batsman. They need somebody in the mould of Rahul Dravid or Jacques Kallis; someone who can dig in and construct an innings and let others bat around them. I can see Owais Shah coming in for Bell for the second test, but I have reservations about batting him at No 3. Onedown is a crucial position and needs a solid bat with good technique and temperament."

25.1

Elliott to Haddin, no run, good length on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

25.2

Elliott to Haddin, no run, slightly short on middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

25.3

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, slower offcutter bowled on a good length outside off, guided to third man for a single

25.4

Elliott to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off, cut away to point

25.5

Elliott to Ponting, no run, good length on the off stump, defended off the front foot to cover

25.6

Elliott to Ponting, no run, short of a good length outside off, punched off the back foot to cover

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 143/1 (RR: 5.50)
RT Ponting    6* (10b 1x4)      GD Elliott    4-0-19-1
BJ Haddin    72* (77b 5x4 2x6)      JS Patel    3-0-25-0

Daniel Vettori back into the attack

26.1

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, driven to long-off

26.2

Vettori to Ponting, 2 runs, flighted on leg stump, driven gently wide of long-on, plenty of open spaces, they get a couple

26.3

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, almost! Short of a length outside off, unexpected bounce there, kicks off the pitch and Haddin struggles to keep it down as it stops him, dabbed uppishly wide of cover

26.4

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, eased through the cover region

26.5

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, driven down the ground to long-on

26.6

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, guided off the back foot wide of point for a single

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 150/1 (RR: 5.55)
BJ Haddin    75* (80b 5x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    5-0-32-0
RT Ponting    10* (13b 1x4)      GD Elliott    4-0-19-1

27.1

Elliott to Haddin, no run, slower ball bowled short on the off stump, pushed to mid-on

27.2

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, The mid-on fielder has been pushed back now and they get a single in the same region

27.3

Elliott to Ponting, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed off the back foot to long-on

27.4

Elliott to Haddin, FOUR, dropped, slower ball bowled full on middle and off, lofts it really high wide of Peter Fulton at long-on who puts down an easy chance. He ran a few steps backwards to his right, got into a good position, but spilled it sight at the last moment, deflecting the ball to the boundary

27.5

Elliott to Haddin, no run, pushed off the back foot to the bowler

27.6

Elliott to Haddin, no run, on middle and leg, drive to mid-on

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 156/1 (RR: 5.57)
BJ Haddin    80* (85b 6x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    5-0-25-1
RT Ponting    11* (14b 1x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-32-0

28.1

Vettori to Ponting, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, punched off the back foot to deep cover

28.2

Vettori to Haddin, no run, flighted on middle and off, defended on the leg side

28.3

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

28.4

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up on the off stump, pushed off the front foot to cover

28.5

Vettori to Haddin, no run, good over so far, drives a flighted ball back to the bowler

28.6

Vettori to Haddin, no run, on middle and leg, driven off the front foot to midwicket. Just one of the over

End of over 29 (1 run) Australia 157/1 (RR: 5.41)
BJ Haddin    80* (90b 6x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    6-0-33-0
RT Ponting    12* (15b 1x4)      GD Elliott    5-0-25-1

29.1

Elliott to Ponting, 3 runs, slower ball on leg stump, worked away off the front really fine, wide of Mills at fine-leg for three runs

29.2

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length on middle, pulled away to deep midwicket

29.3

Elliott to Ponting, 1 run, short on middle and leg, flicked away to deep square leg

29.4

Elliott to Haddin, no run, yorker length outside off, reaches out and digs it out to cover

29.5

Elliott to Haddin, FOUR, shot! Fractionally full outside off, gets forward and drives it well over cover for a boundary

29.6

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, turned away neatly to deep square leg

End of over 30 (10 runs) Australia 167/1 (RR: 5.56)
BJ Haddin    86* (94b 7x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    6-0-35-1
RT Ponting    16* (17b 1x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-33-0

30.1

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, chopped down to deep cover off the back foot

30.2

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted on the off stump, driven to cover

30.3

Vettori to Ponting, no run, flighted on the off stump, dropped on the off side , decide against the single

30.4

Vettori to Ponting, no run, on the off stump, guided off the front foot to point

30.5

Vettori to Ponting, no run, bowled flatter on the off stump, pushed off the front foot to cover

30.6

Vettori to Ponting, no run, tossed up on middle and off, driven gently to cover. The end of another good over from Vettori

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 168/1 (RR: 5.41)
RT Ponting    16* (22b 1x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-34-0
BJ Haddin    87* (95b 7x4 2x6)      GD Elliott    6-0-35-1

31.1

Elliott to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on leg stump, pushed off the back foot to midwicket

31.2

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, short outside off, makes room and thrashes that down to deep cover

31.3

Elliott to Ponting, OUT, top-edge and excellent catch at fine-leg by Mills, short of a length on middle and off, tries to pull it away over square leg, gets the leading edge and Mills, despite the sun being being in his eyes, pouches it superbly

RT Ponting c Mills b Elliott 16 (26m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.56

Can New Zealand mount a recovery here?

David Hussey, the new batsman

31.4

Elliott to Haddin, no run, slower ball bowled full on middle and off, driven off the front foot to mid-off

31.5

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, short of a good length outside, punched off the back foot to long-off

31.6

Elliott to DJ Hussey, FOUR, shot! Full outside off and he just chips it away over mid-off for a boundary. David Hussey off to a good start here

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 174/2 (RR: 5.43)
DJ Hussey    4* (1b 1x4)      GD Elliott    7-0-41-2
BJ Haddin    89* (99b 7x4 2x6)      DL Vettori    7-0-34-0

32.1

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, low full toss on middle and leg, driven to long-on, Haddin into the 90's now

32.2

Vettori to DJ Hussey, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, leans into the drive and plays it to long-on

32.3

Vettori to Haddin, no run, short of a good length outside off, charges forward and defends it to the off side

32.4

Vettori to Haddin, SIX, Haddin is looking in great form here, tossed up on middle and leg, inviting the batsman to charge forward, lofts it cleanly over long-on for a big six. No sign of nerves here in the nineties for Haddin

32.5

Vettori to Haddin, 2 runs, almost gets it, tossed up outside off, he makes room and plays it inside-out over cover for a couple, Southee dives well to his left to prevent a certain four

32.6

Vettori to Haddin, no run, full on middle and off, driven back to the bowler

End of over 33 (10 runs) Australia 184/2 (RR: 5.57)
BJ Haddin    98* (104b 7x4 3x6)      DL Vettori    8-0-44-0
DJ Hussey    5* (2b 1x4)      GD Elliott    7-0-41-2

33.1

Elliott to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Short of a good length on the off stump, tries to punch it off the back foot wide of the bowler, gets a thick outside edge wide of a diving point for a single

33.2

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, short on middle and off, pushed to mid-off, moves to 99

33.3

Elliott to DJ Hussey, no run, flicked away wide of midwicket

33.4

Elliott to DJ Hussey, no run, good length on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

33.5

Elliott to DJ Hussey, 1 run, eased through the leg side to give Haddin the strike

33.6

Elliott to Haddin, no run, full on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler. Haddin will have to wait till the next over

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 187/2 (RR: 5.50)
BJ Haddin    99* (106b 7x4 3x6)      GD Elliott    8-0-44-2
DJ Hussey    7* (6b 1x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-44-0

O'Brien replaces Vettori

34.1

O'Brien to DJ Hussey, OUT, edged and gone! The bowling change works wonders. Short of a good length outside off and a hint of away movement and some sharp bounce, tries to run it down to third man, gets a thick outside edge that's snapped up comfortably by McCullum. Important breakthrough there, Hussey was looking good

DJ Hussey c †McCullum b O'Brien 7 (10m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

We are hearing news of Bushfires in Victoria, hope those among you from the state are doing fine. Cameron White comes in. He has a reputation to be a big hitter, lets see how he clicks

34.2

O'Brien to White, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, defended off the back foot

34.3

O'Brien to White, no run, beaten by the sharp swing into him, good length on the off stump and jagged back in, White was struck in the mid-riff while trying to work it away wide of midwicket

34.4

O'Brien to White, no run, short of a length outside off, guided off the back foot to point

34.5

O'Brien to White, no run, short on middle, defended off the back foot to the bowler

34.6

O'Brien to White, no run, short of a length outside off, pushed to point, maiden over

End of over 35 (wicket maiden) Australia 187/3 (RR: 5.34)
CL White    0* (5b)      IE O'Brien    5-1-24-1
BJ Haddin    99* (106b 7x4 3x6)      GD Elliott    8-0-44-2

Tim Southee into the attack now. Haddin on 99

35.1

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, gets his maiden ODI century, short outside off, punches it wide of point for a single. Entertaining knock there, off just 107 balls, laced with three sixes

35.2

Southee to White, 1 run, full outside off, gets a thick outside edge to third man as he tries to drive that through cover

35.3

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball bowled full outside off, makes room and slices that away to deep cover

35.4

Southee to White, 1 run, fell safely there, bowled short on the off stump, tried to pull it towards deep midwicket, mistimes it, it lobs up in the air well short of Jeetan Patel

35.5

Southee to Haddin, no run, short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover

35.6

Southee to Haddin, 2 runs, slower ball on middle, reaches forward and chip it between long-on and deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 193/3 (RR: 5.36)
BJ Haddin    103* (110b 7x4 3x6)      TG Southee    6-0-25-0
CL White    2* (7b)      IE O'Brien    5-1-24-1

So when will Australia take the batting powerplay?

36.1

O'Brien to White, no run, good length on middle and leg, driven straight to mid-on

36.2

O'Brien to White, 1 run, tucked away wide of midwicket this time for a single

36.3

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, yorker outside off, tries to dig out from the crease, fails to bring his bat dow in time

36.4

O'Brien to Haddin, FOUR, full outside off, makes room and square drives it powerfully wide of point for a boundary

36.5

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, chopped away towards third man

36.6

O'Brien to White, no run, good length outside off and swinging away a touch, left alone to the keeper

End of over 37 (6 runs) Australia 199/3 (RR: 5.37)
CL White    3* (10b)      IE O'Brien    6-1-30-1
BJ Haddin    108* (113b 8x4 3x6)      TG Southee    6-0-25-0

The projected score at the current rate is 269. Australia have taken the batting powerplay here. Southee into the attack

37.1

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven wide of mid-on for a single, it brings up the 200

37.2

Southee to White, OUT, run out, yorker length on middle, dug out awkwardly and Haddin storms down the pitch for a quick single, the ball rolls to McCullum who dives forward to throw down the stumps at the strikers end, to find Haddin well short of his ground. End of a superlative century from Haddin, but the middle-order now needs to step up with some quick runs

BJ Haddin run out 109 (156m 114b 8x4 3x6) SR: 95.61

Michae Hussey comes in

37.3

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, pushed wide of cover for a quick single

37.4

Southee to White, 1 wide, full down the leg side, tries to glance it down fine, misses

37.4

Southee to White, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg, punched down the ground to long-on

37.5

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good length on middle and off, dropped on the off side and they scamper a quick single

37.6

Southee to White, 1 run, yorker length outside leg, dug out wide of midwicket for a single

End of over 38 (6 runs) Australia 205/4 (RR: 5.39)
CL White    5* (13b)      TG Southee    7-0-31-0
MEK Hussey    2* (2b)      IE O'Brien    6-1-30-1

38.1

O'Brien to White, 1 run, short on the off stump, pushed wide of cover for a quick single

38.2

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut away smartly to third man

38.3

O'Brien to White, 1 wide, bouncer banged in short outside leg, too high there and given a wide

38.3

O'Brien to White, FOUR, White finally gets a boundary, he was kept quite until now, but that was banged in short outside off and he pulls it away powerfully wide of deep midwicket for a boundary

38.4

O'Brien to White, OUT, poor shot, bowled on a good length on the off stump, he goes for a blind loft over mid-off, mistimes it completely, gets a lot of elevation on it, Vettori takes a couple of steps back and takes a well-judged catch

CL White c Vettori b O'Brien 10 (23m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

New Zealand are fighting back here

Callum Ferguson comes in

38.5

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, FOUR, how did that miss, short of a good length outside off, tries to run it down to third man, gets an inside edge over middle stump to the fine-leg boundary

38.6

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, good running there, worked away between deep square leg and fine leg for a couple

End of over 39 (13 runs) Australia 218/5 (RR: 5.58)
MEK Hussey    9* (5b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    7-1-43-2
CJ Ferguson    0* (0b)      TG Southee    7-0-31-0

39.1

Southee to Ferguson, no run, short of a length outside off and jagged back, guided to point off the back foot

39.2

Southee to Ferguson, no run, slower ball bowled full outside off, driven firmly to mid-off

39.3

Southee to Ferguson, FOUR, shot! Short of a length outside off, cut away over point wide of a diving third man for a pressure-relieving boundary

39.4

Southee to Ferguson, 1 run, too straight, on middle and leg, whipped away off the pads to deep square leg

39.5

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slower ball on leg stump, turned away to square leg for a single

39.6

Southee to Ferguson, no run, short outside of, held its line, slashed at it off the back foot, missed

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 224/5 (RR: 5.60)
CJ Ferguson    5* (5b 1x4)      TG Southee    8-0-37-0
MEK Hussey    10* (6b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    7-1-43-2

10 overs to go, New Zealand have bowled well in this powerplay. Mills back into the attack

40.1

Mills to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good length outside off, driven uppishly off the front foot to mid-off

40.2

Mills to Ferguson, 1 run, on middle and leg, flicked away to deep square leg

40.3

Mills to MEK Hussey, FOUR, short on middle, gets on the back foot and pulls it away over midwicket for a boundary

40.4

Mills to MEK Hussey, FOUR, and again, slower ball, a rank long hop on leg stump, Hussey rocks on the back foot and helps it on its way to the fine-leg boundary

40.5

Mills to MEK Hussey, 1 run, low full toss on the off stump, eased through the covers for a single

40.6

Mills to Ferguson, no run, slower ball bowled short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover

End of over 41 (11 runs) Australia 235/5 (RR: 5.73)
CJ Ferguson    6* (7b 1x4)      KD Mills    7-0-42-0
MEK Hussey    20* (10b 3x4)      TG Southee    8-0-37-0

O'Brien comes in to bowl

41.1

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, yorker length on middle, flicked away to deep square leg

41.2

O'Brien to Ferguson, FOUR, shot! Full on the off stump, makes room and slices it away wide of point, beautifully timed, picked the length perfectly

41.3

O'Brien to Ferguson, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, walks across and works it away wide of deeep square leg for a couple

41.4

O'Brien to Ferguson, 1 run, slower ball bowled short of a length outside off, run down to third man

41.5

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, mistimes a pull wide of midwicket

41.6

O'Brien to Ferguson, 1 run, good length on middle, makes room and chops it wide of point for a single

End of over 42 (10 runs) Australia 245/5 (RR: 5.83)
CJ Ferguson    14* (11b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    8-1-53-2
MEK Hussey    22* (12b 3x4)      KD Mills    7-0-42-0

Can Australia reach 300 here?

42.1

Mills to Ferguson, 1 run, short of a length on the off stump, worked away off the back foot to deep square leg

42.2

Mills to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, short outside off, cut away wide of third man, he rushes back for the second, and despite an accurate throw, makes it comfortably

42.3

Mills to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good length outside off, comes down the track and drives it crisply to cover, who misfields to allow the batsmen a single

42.4

Mills to Ferguson, FOUR, poor ball, short on middle, he pulls it away fiercely wide of midwicket for a boundary

42.5

Mills to Ferguson, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, opens the face to guide it wide of point for a quick single

42.6

Mills to MEK Hussey, FOUR, Australia are going great guns here, slower ball bowled full outside off, he makes room and slices it over the two gully's stationed on the off side for a boundary

End of over 43 (13 runs) Australia 258/5 (RR: 6.00)
MEK Hussey    29* (15b 4x4)      KD Mills    8-0-55-0
CJ Ferguson    20* (14b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    8-1-53-2

The run-rate is now 6. Australia should get to 300 from here. Vettori brings himself on

43.1

Vettori to Ferguson, no run, quicker one bowled short on the off stump, cut away to point

43.2

Vettori to Ferguson, no run, fired in quick again, on middle and off, defended off the back foot

43.3

Vettori to Ferguson, no run, short of a length outside off, cut well but straight to the point fielder

43.4

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, drifting into the right hander from round the wicket, steered wide of point for a single

Vettori has been warned by the umpire for running in the danger area on the pitch

43.5

Vettori to MEK Hussey, no run, much slower through the air, flighted on a good length outside off, tries to drive it to cover, misses

43.6

Vettori to MEK Hussey, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, lands full, opens the face to play it wide of point for a quick single

End of over 44 (2 runs) Australia 260/5 (RR: 5.90)
MEK Hussey    30* (17b 4x4)      DL Vettori    9-0-46-0
CJ Ferguson    21* (18b 3x4)      KD Mills    8-0-55-0

Peter: "time for D Hussey and White to go back to victoria for remedial work and for white to work on his temperament and leg spiin"

Southee back into the attack

44.1

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good length on middle and off, comes down the track and turns it away wide of midwicket for a single

44.2

Southee to Ferguson, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, driven all along the ground to long-off

44.3

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven down the ground to long-on

44.4

Southee to Ferguson, 1 bye, full and down the leg side, tries to glance it down fine, McCullum fumbles it, given a bye

44.5

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full outside off, driven through the off side, wide of cover for a single

44.6

Southee to Ferguson, FOUR, poor ball, full on the pads with fine-leg up, flicked away really to beat the fielder there to the boundary

End of over 45 (9 runs) Australia 269/5 (RR: 5.97)
CJ Ferguson    26* (21b 4x4)      TG Southee    9-0-45-0
MEK Hussey    33* (20b 4x4)      DL Vettori    9-0-46-0

45.1

Vettori to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, short on middle, turned away off the back foot wide of deep square leg to come back for a well run two. Lots of open spaces in the deep on the leg side

45.2

Vettori to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, slogged away to deep square leg for a single

45.3

Vettori to Ferguson, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, comes on really slow to the batsman, walks across and paddles it wide of fine-leg for two more

45.4

Vettori to Ferguson, OUT, plumb in front! Tossed up on middle, bowled really slow at 78 kmph, he is into the sweep shot really early, is done is by the pace, strikes him on the back leg on line with the stumps and Bucknor makes a straightforward decision

CJ Ferguson lbw b Vettori 28 (33m 23b 4x4 0x6) SR: 121.73

Handy innings from Ferguson, the pair had added 62 in just seven overs. Oops! Replays indicate Ferguson got an under-edge there. Not so straightforward then

James Hopes walks in

45.5

Vettori to Hopes, no run, driven towards short cover

45.6

Vettori to Hopes, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long-on

End of over 46 (6 runs) Australia 275/6 (RR: 5.97)
JR Hopes    1* (2b)      DL Vettori    10-0-52-1
MEK Hussey    36* (22b 4x4)      TG Southee    9-0-45-0

O'Brien to bowl his 9th over

46.1

O'Brien to Hopes, no run, low full toss on leg stump, driven straight to midwicket

46.2

O'Brien to Hopes, no run, slower ball bowled short outside off, tries to cut that away, but is into the shot too early, misses

46.3

O'Brien to Hopes, 1 run, good length outside off, driven on the up to long-off

46.4

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg this time, flicked away from the crease to deep midwicket

46.5

O'Brien to Hopes, 1 run, low full toss on middle, makes room and drives it down the ground to long-off

46.6

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slower ball bowled short on middle and leg, pulled away to deep square leg

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 279/6 (RR: 5.93)
MEK Hussey    38* (24b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    9-1-57-2
JR Hopes    3* (6b)      DL Vettori    10-0-52-1

Southee to bowl

47.1

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full outside off, tries to drive it through the covers, gets a thick inside edge wide of square leg for a single

47.2

Southee to Hopes, 1 run, full outside off, slogged away to long-on

47.3

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tight bowling here, almost yorker length outside off, squeezed through to cover

47.4

Southee to Hopes, 1 run, an attempted inswinging yorker on middle and leg, driven all along the ground for a single to long-on

47.5

Southee to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good length outside off, makes room and strikes it firmly to deep cover

47.6

Southee to Hopes, 2 runs, full outside off, driven to long-off, it takes a while to reach the fielder who's a touch too deep and they scramble back for the second

End of over 48 (7 runs) Australia 286/6 (RR: 5.95)
JR Hopes    7* (9b)      TG Southee    10-0-52-0
MEK Hussey    41* (27b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    9-1-57-2

48.1

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, FOUR, short of a length on middle and Hussey lashes on to that one, pulled away powerfully to the deep square leg boundary

48.2

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, almost had him lbw there, full on middle and off, tries to swing that away over short fine, gets a thin inside edge onto his pads

48.3

O'Brien to Hopes, 1 run, yorker length outside off, dragged away wide of midwicket for a single

48.4

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, FOUR, shot! Low full toss on middle, bends just a touch and lofts it between deep midwicket and long-on for a boundary. 50 for Hussey, a very timely one, scored off just 30 balls

48.5

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven wide of midwicket for a single

48.6

O'Brien to Hopes, OUT, full and straight, and it's timber! Yorker length on middle, Hopes makes room to slice that over point, misses it completely and hears the death rattle behind him

JR Hopes b O'Brien 8 (14m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

End of over 49 (11 runs) Australia 297/7 (RR: 6.06)
     IE O'Brien    10-1-68-3
MEK Hussey    51* (31b 6x4)      TG Southee    10-0-52-0

Last over coming up, and Mitchell Johnson walks in. An average of 9.7 is surely not the right indication of his ability with the bat

49.1

Mills to MEK Hussey, OUT, Hussey holes out in the deep, slower ball bowled full on middle and leg, he gets forward and slogs it straight to Ross Taylor at deep midwicket. End of a cruical innings after the openers had given the hosts a sound start

MEK Hussey c Taylor b Mills 51 (58m 32b 6x4 0x6) SR: 159.37

Nathan Bracken comes in

49.2

Mills to Johnson, 1 run, slower ball bowled on a good length on off stump, driven down the ground to long-off

49.3

Mills to Bracken, 1 run, dropped, good length on the off stump, driven back past the bowler who gets a hand but deflects it to long-off. That was firmly struck, and though catchable, was a really sharp chance

49.4

Mills to Johnson, no run, 300 up! Low full toss on leg stump, driven back past the bowler who fumbles to allow the batsmen to come back for two. However, the batsmen were warned there for running on the danger area of the wicket for the second time, and therefore the runs have been negated

49.5

Mills to Johnson, OUT, gone! Slower ball on middle and leg, slogged away straight to Jeetan Patel at deep midwicket.

MG Johnson c Patel b Mills 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

One ball remaining with a run to get to reach 300

49.6

Mills to Bracken, 2 runs, full outside off, driven off the front foot to long-off, the fielder there returns a wayward throw to McCullum to allow the batsmen to come back for the second and go past 300

An admirable batting display by Australia here, as the middle order succeeded in building on a good opening partnership. Haddin was the star for the hosts, reaching his maiden ODI century, and was well supported by Clarke who reached his second consecutive half-century. Hussey and Ferguson scored some quick runs in the batting powerplay to set New Zealand a daunting target, despite losing some wickets towards the end. Join us in about half-an-hour for the run-chase

End of over 50 (4 runs) Australia 301/9
NW Bracken    3* (2b)      KD Mills    9-0-59-2
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (0b)      IE O'Brien    10-1-68-3
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