New Zealand tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the fifth and final ODI being played at the Gabba. The series is tied 2-2 after two impressive fightbacks from the home team.

1.15 pm QLD: There's some bad news to begin with. It's raining heavily in Brisbane and we are certain to have a delayed start. We'll keep you updated as soon as we have more information. The Gabba has an excellent drainage system, however with the rain persisting, and the weather still very overcast, we can expect a pretty long delay. As a result of having won the previous Chappell-Hadlee tournament, Australia will retain the trophy this time if the match is abandoned.

1.30 pm QLD: We are still awaiting updates from Brisbane. We will let you know the latest as soon as we have any information. It's still raining, so the umpires are yet to have an inspection.

To Jamie: Australia lost 3-0 against New Zealand in early 2007 (before the World Cup). They won 2-0 later in the year in a three-match home series.

Tim from Brisbane: " I live in brisbane. Its stready rain outside. By looking the Bureau of Meteorology website and the Brisbane radar its easy to see there wont be any play for a long time."

Michael Sheppard: "There is no way they'll play. It's absolutely set in for the day. Just went out to grab some lunch and I'm soaking."

This just gives an indication of the extent of John's desperation to watch some cricket: "Is there an indoor Cricket Stadium?"

What an anti-climax. The worst result possible, this (If there is an abandonment). Many fans would be hoping in hindsight that the series should have already been decided instead of rain spoiling all the fun after the two sides having drawn level.

The deadline for play is five hours from the scheduled start, which was 1.15 pm QLD time.

Jason at the ground remains optimistic: "I am at the ground, theres a rumour around the ground that they will at least try to get a 20 over match going. Im pretty sure rain will stop soon."

Rob from New Zealand: "To ensure a result, let's count only 3. How about the first 3?" Wishful thinking

Sush: "I have just returned my passes for the match because looking at Radar images of the rain, it will take minimum 6-8 hours for rain to completely stop that is if more clouds do not form meantime. From the 18th floor of my office building, what Radar imaging is inferring seems true..What a disaster.."

Could our friends in Brisbane help Mitch out: "Writing in from Melbourne, eager to see a match. Can you give a % chance of play now judging by the skies.."

Fluff Zorban, cool name: "About 5% chance of playing according to my mate at the bureau of meteorology".

David from New Zealand: "No reserve day? Batting second in Sydney was a mistake."

Hugh: "Brings back memories of the 2004-05 Chappell-Hadlee decider in Brisbane. I had tickets to that one too... Link.

Ned: "Look, we need a win/win solution. We desperatley need some rain down here in Victoria so we are happy to trade our dry fine weather in return. Surely someone at the Bureau can make that happen, can't they?"

Louey: "Ive travelled all the way to Brisbane from Dunedin for this series. This is a truly lame end to a fantasmic series. Its still raining."

Thomo: "Can't we just have a bowl off, a lap race, a hot dog eating contest (kiwi hot dogs) and finally a Vettori V Ponting bare knuckle fist fight in the middle?!?"

Lawrie: "Tiebreaker should be pub cricket. 6 runs for a heavy, 4 runs for a middie, 2 runs for a light. Wicket for each man that can't drink anymore. I'm an Aussie but I'd back NZ with the likes of Fulton and Mills. Can't see Bracken and Johnson amongst it. Ryder will dominate!"

3.02 pm QLD: So Mark Nicholas was on screen a couple of minutes back and essentially repeated the bad news. It's still raining in Brisbane and all we can hope to salvage out of this is a 20-over game. However, we can only even think of such a possibility if the rain stops, which it hasn't!

Paul: "I am on the Sunshine Coast and it is bucketing down and heading towards Brisbane 90km away.....pull stumps now and avoid false hope.... (aussies have managed to turn on the weather gods to avoid another series defeat!)"

Steve: "Weather is coming down from the NW. BOM looks like it's clearing from that direction...fingers crossed"

Vlad Vukovic: "I was so much looking forward to this one. You know, they play football, rugby and all sorts of other sports while it is raining so why can't they play cricket in the rain? I don't' care if they take their umbrellas, raincoats, swimmers or whatever, just get on with it. I want a match."

4.10 pm QLD: The umpire Rod Tucker has said play must begin before 6.47pm to provide enough for a 20-over match to be played. The field will take about an hour to prepare, but it is unlikely the rain will stay away for long enough.

Tucker and Steve Bucknor inspected the ground during a break in the rain two-and-a-quarter hours after the scheduled start. Some players from both teams came out from the dressing rooms, but the relief seemed only temporary.

Derick: "radar images are showing the rain is clearing and not building up north anymore so we still might get a game"

5.17 pm QLD: Finally, some news out of Brisbane. The covers are still on, there's some slight drizzle, and the groundsmen are out. They've taken off a few pegs but the big covers are yet to come off

5.25 pm QLD: The big covers are now coming off. This is certainly a good sign as the cut off time - 6.47 pm - is still more than an hour away. They're trying to salvage a 20-over-a-side game here. Lets see if it materializes.

5.32 pm QLD: Great news guys! We finally have a game! The toss is expected to be held in around 15 minutes, and the game will start at 6.15 pm QLD time. We are still awaiting the details pertaining to how many overs each side will have to bat, and we'll have them for you as soon as we hear something from Brisbane. Lets just hope there isn't another shower.

Richard Evans: "In a way I would sooner have no play, it may be better to have an honourable draw rather than decide the series with a 20 over slogfest."

5.51 pm QLD: Another bit of important news. The match will be 24 overs-a-side.

5.55 pm QLD: Speak of the devil. There is a slight drizzle in Brisbane now, but we are still awaiting word on whether it has done the damage. Hope not!

5.58 pm QLD: Not so encouraging news. The toss has been delayed as a result of the drizzle, and the cover is back on the pitch. However, the groundsmen are still around the pitch doing everything they can to get a game going. All the other preparations are underway so not all that bad.

Remember, the cut-off time is 6.47, so hopefully something may work out. Fingers crossed, you don't want such an enthralling series to have a dull, drab, disappointing conclusion

6.06 pm QLD: Now we have information that play will start in around 25 minutes from now. The details about the overs will be made known to you as soon as possible.

Sam Sloane: "a win is a win if you begin at the same point..not all matches are decided through slogfests"

6.12 pm QLD: Great guys, the news from Brisbane is that New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bowl. The match has been reduced to 22 overs-a-side. Game On!!

For Australia, Michael Clarke is out and Peter Siddle makes his ODI debut

There's also a change for New Zealand. Brendon Diamanti makes his ODI debut, replacing Craig Cummings.

We are all set for the start. Thanks for all your patience. The players are out. Haddin and James hopes to open. Kyle Mills to bowl

0.1

Mills to Hopes, no run, good length outside off, shaping away from the right hander, left alone

There's a buzz around the Gabba now. Plenty have stayed back

0.2

Mills to Hopes, 1 run, short of a length outside off, guided to third man

0.3

Mills to Haddin, no run, on middle and off, defended on the off side

0.4

Mills to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends

0.5

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, full on middle and leg, makes room but the bowler chases him, dropped on the off side for a quick single

0.6

Mills to Hopes, no run, full outside off, driven firmly, but straight to cover

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
JR Hopes    1* (3b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0
BJ Haddin    1* (3b)     

Good start for New Zealand. Mills bowled a good tight line in that first over. Tim Southee into the attack

1.1

Southee to Haddin, no run, short on middle, chopped straight to point

1.2

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, chases him outside leg again, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

1.3

Southee to Hopes, 1 wide, down the leg side, tries to flick it away fine, misses, given a wide

1.3

Southee to Hopes, no run, beaten! Good length on the off stump, hit the pitch hard and swung away just as the batsmen tried to defend that off the back foot

1.4

Southee to Hopes, no run, short of a length on the off, struck firmly to short cover off the back foot

1.5

Southee to Hopes, FOUR, short on middle and dealt with appropriately, gets on the back foot and pulls it away over midwicket for a boundary

1.6

Southee to Hopes, no run, fuller on the off stump, defended into the off side

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
JR Hopes    5* (7b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-6-0
BJ Haddin    2* (5b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mills to Haddin, no run, just a fraction full on middle and leg, makes room and tries to loft it over the bowlers head, misses and the ball goes just over the stumps to the keeper

2.2

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, full on the pads, pushed uppishly towards deep midwicket for a single

2.3

Mills to Hopes, no run, good length on the off stump, opens the face to play it to point

2.4

Mills to Hopes, OUT, gone! Goes for a wild swing over long-on, fraction full on the off stump, is not to the pitch, the ball sails high and Vettori at mid-off takes a well judged catch after waiting for ages for it to get to him

JR Hopes c Vettori b Mills 5 (10m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Ponting comes in

2.5

Mills to Haddin, FOUR, full on the pads and cashes in, stays his ground and drives it beautifully between mid-on and midwicket for a boundary

2.6

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut away to third man for a single

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 14/1 (RR: 4.66)
BJ Haddin    8* (9b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-8-1
RT Ponting    0* (0b)      TG Southee    1-0-6-0

3.1

Southee to Haddin, 2 runs, pushed away off the back foot wide of square leg for a well-run two

3.2

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length on middle, mistimes a pull wide of midwicket

The first powerplay is four overs and the the next two are two overs each

3.3

Southee to Ponting, 1 run, on a good length on middle, driven wide of mid-on for a single

3.4

Southee to Haddin, no run, short of a length on middle, makes room and chops it down straight to cover

3.5

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, full on middle and leg, makes room and drives it straight to mid-off for a single

3.6

Southee to Ponting, 1 run, short on the off stump, tries to run it down to third man, gets an inside edge onto his thighs and they take a quick single

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 20/1 (RR: 5.00)
RT Ponting    2* (2b)      TG Southee    2-0-12-0
BJ Haddin    12* (13b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-8-1

The second powerplay has been taken.

4.1

Mills to Ponting, OUT, Gone!! Full outside off and moves away, Ponting's fishing for it off the front foot, gets a thin edge straight to the keeper. New Zealand have struck early here

RT Ponting c †McCullum b Mills 2 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

David Hussey makes his way in

4.2

Mills to DJ Hussey, no run, full on the off stump, pushed straight to cover

4.3

Mills to DJ Hussey, no run, on middle and off, pushed off the front foot to cover again

4.4

Mills to DJ Hussey, FOUR, shot! Good length on the off stump, makes room, comes down the track and lofts it cleanly over mid-off for a one bounce four

4.5

Mills to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, full outside leg stump, tries to glance it down fine, misses, given a wide

4.5

Mills to DJ Hussey, 1 run, short on middle, dropped off the back foot short of midwicket for a quick single

4.6

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, gets a thick inside edge wide of mid-on for a single as he tries to cart that over extra cover

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 27/2 (RR: 5.40)
BJ Haddin    13* (14b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-0-15-2
DJ Hussey    5* (4b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-0-12-0

Iain O'brien to bowl now

5.1

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, short on middle and off, pushed short of mid-off for a single

5.2

O'Brien to DJ Hussey, no run, good length outside off, opens the face to guide it to point

5.3

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

5.4

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, yorker length on middle, dug out wide of mid-on for single

5.5

O'Brien to DJ Hussey, OUT, gone, wild swing and pays the price! Full on middle and leg, Hussey makes room to smash it over mid-on, it came back in a a touch and crashed into leg stump. Australia in a spot of bother now at 30 for 3

DJ Hussey b O'Brien 6 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

His brother Michael comes in

5.6

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, no run, good length outside off, good testing line, left alone

End of over 6 (3 runs) Australia 30/3 (RR: 5.00)
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      IE O'Brien    1-0-3-1
BJ Haddin    15* (16b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-0-15-2

6.1

Mills to Haddin, 2 runs, good length on middle and leg, driven to deep midwicket for a couple

6.2

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, flicked away to fine leg for a single

6.3

Mills to MEK Hussey, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, swinging away, gets a leading edge wide of point as he tries to work that away towards midwicket

Australia should be eyeing something around 160

6.4

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, mistimes a pull wide of midwicket for a single

6.5

Mills to MEK Hussey, 1 run, dropped, short of a length outside off, cut away powerfully wide of Guptill at point who dives full length to his right and fails to hold on to a tough one-handed chance

6.6

Mills to Haddin, 1 run, whipped off the back foot wide of square leg, short on middle and leg

End of over 7 (7 runs) Australia 37/3 (RR: 5.28)
BJ Haddin    20* (20b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-0-22-2
MEK Hussey    2* (3b)      IE O'Brien    1-0-3-1

7.1

O'Brien to Haddin, 2 runs, driven through midwicket for a couple

7.2

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, short on middle and leg, tries to pull it away powerfully over midwicket, mistimes it again to only get a single

7.3

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off, tries ti cut but gets an under-edge on the bounce to the keeper

7.4

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, good length outside off, eased off the front foot to deep cover

7.5

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, good length on middle and leg, jagged back in sharply, tries to flick it away on the leg side, is rapped on the pads but the ball seemed to be sliding down leg

7.6

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, full on leg stump, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 42/3 (RR: 5.25)
BJ Haddin    24* (24b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    2-0-8-1
MEK Hussey    3* (5b)      KD Mills    4-0-22-2

The debutant, Brendon Diamanti comes in to bowl

8.1

Diamanti to Haddin, 2 runs, almost had a wicket off his first ball, bowled on a good length outside off, tried to slap it back past the bowler, got the outside edge that just evaded point

8.2

Diamanti to Haddin, FOUR, manages to connect well this time, full on middle and leg, coming in, slogged away well wide of midwicket for a boundary

8.3

Diamanti to Haddin, 1 run, short of a good length on the middle stump, pushed off the back foot to long-on

8.4

Diamanti to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, shot! Marginally short outside off, cut away wide of third man where Mills dives well to keep the batsmen to a couple

8.5

Diamanti to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slower ball bowled on a good length outside off from round the wicket, run down to third man for a single

8.6

Diamanti to Haddin, 1 run, short outside off, opens the face to keep the third-man fielder busy again

End of over 9 (11 runs) Australia 53/3 (RR: 5.88)
BJ Haddin    32* (28b 2x4)      BJ Diamanti    1-0-11-0
MEK Hussey    6* (7b)      IE O'Brien    2-0-8-1

9.1

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, yorker on the off stump, dug out to mid-on

9.2

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, and again, similar length but played wide of the bowler to long-on

9.3

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, no run, beaten! Good length on the off stump and zipped away off the pitch just as Hussey came forward to defend

9.4

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, no run, fuller outside off, driven on the up straight to short cover

9.5

O'Brien to MEK Hussey, 1 run, short outside off, dabbed down to third man for a single

9.6

O'Brien to Haddin, 1 run, full on the off stump, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 56/3 (RR: 5.60)
BJ Haddin    34* (31b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-11-1
MEK Hussey    7* (10b)      BJ Diamanti    1-0-11-0

10.1

Diamanti to Haddin, SIX, big one! Full on middle, length ball and Haddin cashes in, gets under it and dismisses it over the deep midwicket boundary for a massive six

10.2

Diamanti to Haddin, 1 run, full outside off, driven firmly to long-off

10.3

Diamanti to MEK Hussey, 1 run, round the wicket to the left-hander, on middle, turned away to fine leg for a single

10.4

Diamanti to Haddin, FOUR, too full there and gets the treatment once again, on the off stump and its driven back powerfully to bisect the gap between long-on and long-off for a boundary

10.5

Diamanti to Haddin, 1 run, tries to slog it away towards deep midwicket this time, gets a thick inside edge

10.6

Diamanti to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slower ball bowled on a good length outside off, run down to third man

End of over 11 (14 runs) Australia 70/3 (RR: 6.36)
MEK Hussey    9* (12b)      BJ Diamanti    2-0-25-0
BJ Haddin    46* (35b 3x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    3-0-11-1

Daniel Vettori brings himself on

11.1

Vettori to MEK Hussey, OUT, gone! What an inspired bowling change!! Short on middle and off, there to hit, he pulls it away straight to Diamanti stationed perfectly at deep midwicket. Big wicket for New Zealand

MEK Hussey c Diamanti b Vettori 9 (25m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

David: "Well, I'd say Diamanti isn't having the greatest debut. A lot of slow cutters - that's rubbish." Well, he's taken an important catch now

Callum Ferguson comes in

11.2

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, flicked away behind square for a single

11.3

Vettori to Haddin, no run, quicker on middle and off, driven straight to short cover

11.4

Vettori to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, comes down the track and drives it straight to midwicket

11.5

Vettori to Haddin, no run, bowled flat and quick on middle, defended back to the bowler

11.6

Vettori to Haddin, no run, on middle and off, comes down the track and pushes it to midwicket. Excellent over

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 71/4 (RR: 5.91)
BJ Haddin    46* (39b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-1-1
CJ Ferguson    1* (1b)      BJ Diamanti    2-0-25-0

Grant Elliot to bowl

12.1

Elliott to Ferguson, no run, beaten! That held its line but Ferguson played inside the line there, didn't miss the outside edge by much

12.2

Elliott to Ferguson, no run, bouncer banged in on middle, Ferguson ducks under it

12.3

Elliott to Ferguson, no run, good length on middle and off, tries to drive it off the back foot wide of mid-on, gets struck on the pads in line, but was probably a touch high

12.4

Elliott to Ferguson, 1 run, slower ball on middle and off, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

12.5

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, full outside off, steered to deep cover

12.6

Elliott to Ferguson, no run, missed runout, tries to work it away on the leg side, rushes down the pitch after being struck on the pads, Elliot gathers the ball cleanly but fails to thrown down the stumps with an under-arm flick. Ferguson was miles short

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 73/4 (RR: 5.61)
CJ Ferguson    2* (6b)      GD Elliott    1-0-2-0
BJ Haddin    47* (40b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-1-1

13.1

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, driven to deep cover for a single

13.2

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, quicker ball outside off, drives it wide of short cover for a single

13.3

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

13.4

Vettori to Ferguson, 3 runs, paddled uppishly towards fine leg where a fumble allows them to come back for the third. O'Brien the culprit there

13.5

Vettori to Haddin, 2 runs, 50 for Haddin, short and wide, cut away wide of deep cover for a couple. He's had a good series with the bat

13.6

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, fired in quick on middle and off, struck to deep cover again. He's scored a fifty while no one lese has yet gotten into double figures

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 82/4 (RR: 5.85)
BJ Haddin    52* (44b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-1
CJ Ferguson    6* (8b)      GD Elliott    1-0-2-0

14.1

Elliott to Haddin, 1 wide, down the leg side for a wide this time, false start to a new over

14.1

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, better, yorker length on middle, dragged down to long-on

14.2

Elliott to Ferguson, 1 run, full outside off, sliced away uppishly just short of deep point

14.3

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball on the off stump, swatted down the ground to long-on

14.4

Elliott to Ferguson, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, punched down to deep cover

14.5

Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, full outside off, guided to point from the crease

14.6

Elliott to Ferguson, no run, yorker length on middle again, just about manages to dig it out, doesn't miss the stumps by much

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 88/4 (RR: 5.86)
CJ Ferguson    8* (11b)      GD Elliott    2-0-8-0
BJ Haddin    55* (47b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-1

15.1

Vettori to Haddin, no run, swings and doesn't miss the off stump by too far, short of a length outside off and he tries to slog it away over midwicket, misses

15.2

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off, driven through the off side to deep cover

15.3

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, chipped off the back foot towards long-on

15.4

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, full and quick on the off stump, driven to extra cover who's right on the circle

15.5

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, chipped uppishly towards deep midwicket

15.6

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, just wide of the midwicket fielder who flings himself to his right but fails to reach an uppish drive off the front foot

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 93/4 (RR: 5.81)
BJ Haddin    58* (51b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-1
CJ Ferguson    10* (13b)      GD Elliott    2-0-8-0

Southee back into the attack

16.1

Southee to Haddin, FOUR, overpitched ball outside off, Haddin waits for it and smashes it back over the bowlers head for a powerful boundary

16.2

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, full again and struck firmly down the ground to long-off

16.3

Southee to Ferguson, no run, full on middle and leg, yorker length, tries to flick it away fine, manages to dig it out on the leg side

16.4

Southee to Ferguson, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, cut away towards deep point off the backfoot for a couple

16.5

Southee to Ferguson, no run, good ball, banged in short on middle and leg, tries to pull it away over midwicket, misses

16.6

Southee to Ferguson, 1 run, low full toss on the off stump, driven straight to mid-on for a single

End of over 17 (8 runs) Australia 101/4 (RR: 5.94)
CJ Ferguson    13* (17b)      TG Southee    3-0-20-0
BJ Haddin    63* (53b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-1

Just five more overs two go. Australia have two batting powerplay overs up their sleeve

17.1

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, good length outside off, driven firmly to long-off

17.2

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, bowled flat outside off, walks across to paddle it fine, gets a top-edge that just falls short of short third man

17.3

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, struck firmly to cover where Ros Taylor pulls off a good diving save, but still cannot prevent Haddin to make it for a single at the strikers end. He returns a good throw to the keeper but Haddin's well in

17.4

Vettori to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up on middle, comes down the track and drives it straight to long-on

17.5

Vettori to Ferguson, FOUR, flighted on middle and leg, down the track and lofts it cleanly over the bowlers head for a boundary between long-on and long-off

17.6

Vettori to Ferguson, 1 run, makes room and chops it towards deep cover

End of over 18 (9 runs) Australia 110/4 (RR: 6.11)
CJ Ferguson    20* (21b 1x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-24-1
BJ Haddin    65* (55b 4x4 1x6)      TG Southee    3-0-20-0

Australia have now taken their batting powerplay

18.1

Southee to Ferguson, FOUR, inside edge and four, full outside off and he tries to swing that away on the leg side, evades the short-fine fielder to the boundary

18.2

Southee to Ferguson, FOUR, highly effective, in the slot again, on the off stump, dragged well wide of mid-on for a boundary

18.3

Southee to Ferguson, FOUR, his most convincing shot so far, full on middle, makes room and drives it cleanly down the ground to beat mid-on to the boundary

18.4

Southee to Ferguson, 1 run, driven to deep cover for a single

18.5

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, excellent yorker on middle, tries to dig it out into the leg side, gets an inside edge and they scramble a single

18.6

Southee to Ferguson, 1 run, full outside off, makes room and steers it to deep cover

End of over 19 (15 runs) Australia 125/4 (RR: 6.57)
CJ Ferguson    34* (26b 4x4)      TG Southee    4-0-35-0
BJ Haddin    66* (56b 4x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-24-1

Ferguson has chipped in with a valuable 26-ball 34 here. O'Brien back into the attack

19.1

O'Brien to Ferguson, 2 runs, full toss outside off, driven wide of long-off for a couple

19.2

O'Brien to Ferguson, 2 runs, good length outside off, driven firmly wide of deep cover for two more

19.3

O'Brien to Ferguson, FOUR, third man is up and he takes full toll, full outside off stump, he makes room to place it beautifully between short third and point for a boundary

19.4

O'Brien to Ferguson, 2 runs, dropped, Vettori puts it down at midwicket as Ferguson tries to heave that over him, timed his jump well but failed to hold on, tough chance

19.5

O'Brien to Ferguson, FOUR, this powerplay has cost New Zealand, low full toss on leg stump, makes room and lofts it over mid-on for a one bounce four

19.6

O'Brien to Ferguson, 1 run, yorker on middle and leg, drilled to mid-on for a single

End of over 20 (15 runs) Australia 140/4 (RR: 7.00)
CJ Ferguson    49* (32b 6x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-26-1
BJ Haddin    66* (56b 4x4 1x6)      TG Southee    4-0-35-0

This pair has added an unbeaten 70 with Ferguson on 49. Just two more overs left

20.1

Southee to Ferguson, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven to deep cover for a single to get to his maiden ODI fifty, good innings

20.2

Southee to Haddin, SIX, where was Haddin? Full on middle, in the slot, a meaty half-volley, Haddin stays his ground, gets under it, and deposits it into the stands over long-on

20.3

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, driven down the ground to long-off

20.4

Southee to Ferguson, FOUR, poor fielding by Jeetan Patel, low full toss on middle, driven wide of midwicket and Patel in the deep slides but ends up deflecting the ball to the boundary

20.5

Southee to Ferguson, 1 run, full on middle, flicked away to deep square leg

20.6

Southee to Haddin, 1 run, yorker on the off stump, dug out into the leg side for a single

End of over 21 (14 runs) Australia 154/4 (RR: 7.33)
BJ Haddin    74* (59b 4x4 2x6)      TG Southee    5-0-49-0
CJ Ferguson    55* (35b 7x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-26-1

Iain O'Brien to bowl the final over

21.1

O'Brien to Haddin, FOUR, shot! Full on the pads, Haddin walks across and paddles it over short fine for a boundary

21.2

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, tries to do something similar there but the ball simply isn't there to hit, banged in short on purpose outside off to take Haddin by surprise

21.3

O'Brien to Haddin, SIX, you can't feed the batsman with length balls at this stage, full on the off stump and Haddin dismisses that over long-on, easily done, all power in the shot

21.4

O'Brien to Haddin, 2 runs, full outside off, sliced away behind point for a couple

21.5

O'Brien to Haddin, no run, tries to heave it over midwicket this time, misses, stifled appeal by McCullum but the umpire shakes his head

Last ball coming up

21.6

O'Brien to Haddin, 2 runs, good length outside off, tries to smash it back over the bowlers head, gets a thick outside edge towards third man where Jeetan Patel keeps them down to two

Australia have recovered superbly here, thanks to this quickfire 98-run stand. 168 is a challenging score and New Zealand have a stiff task ahead of them. They'll feel they've squandered a good chance here, after having Australia struggling at 30 for 3. We'll be back for their run-chase very soon. Stay tuned

End of over 22 (14 runs) Australia 168/4
BJ Haddin    88* (65b 5x4 3x6)      IE O'Brien    5-0-40-1
CJ Ferguson    55* (35b 7x4)      TG Southee    5-0-49-0
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