New Zealand tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

New Zealand have been set a testing target here. As always, they'll be hoping for for a flier from McCullum. Siddle to bowl

0.1

Siddle to BB McCullum, no run, good length outside off and beaten immediately, a lazy prod to a ball that cut away after pitching, misses

0.2

Siddle to BB McCullum, 1 run, held it back a touch there, bowled on middle and leg, tries to turn it away towards fine leg, clips the pads

0.3

Siddle to Guptill, 4 leg byes, straying on the pads again, tries to glance it down fine, brushes the pads wide of a dicing Haddin towards the fine-leg boundary

0.4

Siddle to Guptill, OUT, good length on the off stump and angling into the right hander, tried to drive it off the front foot, missed it completely and was struck in line with middle. The umpire had no hesitation there, that looked plumb!

MJ Guptill lbw b Siddle 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Peter Fulton makes his way in

0.5

Siddle to Fulton, 1 run, short of a length outside off, run down to third man

0.6

Siddle to BB McCullum, 1 wide, down the leg side, Haddin keeps well, diving to his left

0.6

Siddle to BB McCullum, FOUR, shot! Full, overpitched outside off, McCullum gets forward and drives it confidently between point and cover for a boundary

End of over 1 (11 runs) New Zealand 11/1 (140 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 7.36)
BB McCullum    5* (3b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-7-1
PG Fulton    1* (1b)     

Bracken to share the new ball

1.1

Bracken to Fulton, no run, offcutter landing on a good length outside off, Fulton is watchful early on, shoulders arms to leave it to the keeper

1.2

Bracken to Fulton, no run, short of a good length outside off, good bounce there for Bracken, defended to point off the back foot

1.3

Bracken to Fulton, no run, bang on target, good length on middle and leg, spat off the pitch to hit Fulton on the gloves

1.4

Bracken to Fulton, no run, chases it this time, a touch fuller outside off, held its line, Fulton went for the drive but failed to make contact

1.5

Bracken to Fulton, no run, drifting into the pads, tries to whip it away off his hips through square leg, hit on the thighs

1.6

Bracken to Fulton, no run, full on middle and off, slower offcutter defended to cover

Excellent over by Bracken, a maiden.

End of over 2 (maiden) New Zealand 11/1 (140 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.77)
PG Fulton    1* (7b)      NW Bracken    1-1-0-0
BB McCullum    5* (3b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-7-1

2.1

Siddle to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, signs of desperation there, full outside off, walks across and tries to flick it away over midwicket, mistimes it towards cover

2.2

Siddle to Fulton, OUT, short of a good length on middle and off, tries to turn it away off the back foot towards square leg, gets the top edge and Haddin takes a dolly behind the wickets.

PG Fulton c †Haddin b Siddle 1 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

That brilliant last over has had an effect on the New Zealand batsmen here. An audacious shot from Fulton, and he pays the price

2.3

Siddle to BB McCullum, 1 run, short on middle and leg, dropped into the leg side for a quick single

2.4

Siddle to Broom, no run, offcutter, good length outside off, drawing the batsman forward, defended with a closed face on the leg side

2.5

Siddle to Broom, 2 runs, short of a length on leg stump, fends it away towards fine leg for a couple

2.6

Siddle to Broom, no run, legcutter this time and takes the batsman by surprise, good length outside off and moves away just as he tries to defend away from his body into the off side

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 15/2 (136 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.00)
NT Broom    2* (3b)      PM Siddle    2-0-10-2
BB McCullum    6* (5b 1x4)      NW Bracken    1-1-0-0

3.1

Bracken to BB McCullum, no run, on middle and leg, gets on the back foot and turns it away to midwicket

3.2

Bracken to BB McCullum, no run, full on middle and off, defended off the front foot to cover, Broom is halfway down the pitch at the non-strikers end, Warner rockets in a throw but misses by a whisker. Broom was out had that hit

3.3

Bracken to BB McCullum, no run, good length outside off, defended on the off side off the back foot

3.4

Bracken to BB McCullum, no run, he's bowling another superb over here, offcutter bowled on a good length outside off, opens the face to defend it to point

3.5

Bracken to BB McCullum, 1 run, first run off Bracken, slower ball on middle and off, shuffles and works it away towards short fine for a single

3.6

Bracken to Broom, no run, slower ball bowled full outside off, tries to run it down to third man, misses

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 16/2 (135 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 8.43)
NT Broom    2* (4b)      NW Bracken    2-1-1-0
BB McCullum    7* (10b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-10-2

4.1

Siddle to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to point

4.2

Siddle to Broom, FOUR, goes for the big one, is lucky to get a boundary, good length outside off, tries to slog that away over midwicket, gets a thick outside edge well wide of second slip

4.3

Siddle to Broom, 1 run, short of a length outside off, runs it down to third man for a single

4.4

Siddle to BB McCullum, 1 run, short on middle and off, turned away to fine leg off the back foot

4.5

Siddle to Broom, FOUR, shot! Just a fraction short from Siddle, picks the length quickly, gets on the back foot and pulls it away wide of square leg for a boundary

4.6

Siddle to Broom, no run, nipped back in sharply, on middle and leg, tries to turn it away on the leg side, gets an inside edge onto his pads

New Zealand still behind on run-rate here. Bracken has given Australia a good start, bowling those two miserly overs and keeping the pressure on

End of over 5 (11 runs) New Zealand 27/2 (124 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 8.26)
NT Broom    11* (8b 2x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-21-2
BB McCullum    9* (12b 1x4)      NW Bracken    2-1-1-0

Hilfenhaus into the attack now

5.1

Hilfenhaus to BB McCullum, no run, decent start, good length on middle and leg, pushed off the front foot to midwicket

5.2

Hilfenhaus to BB McCullum, SIX, what a shot! Good length on middle and off, he charges down the track and slaps it between cover and point for a one bounce four. Would have been the flattest ever six had that gone over the ropes. The umpires have signaled it a six, but they will have to revisit it sometime later

5.3

Hilfenhaus to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, clips the pads as he tries to turn that away fine

5.4

Hilfenhaus to Broom, FOUR, short, gets the top-edge above a leaping Haddin, tried to pull it away over square leg, gave it all and got the desired result, though the ball did'n't go in the intended direction

5.5

Hilfenhaus to Broom, FOUR, shot! Short and wide, just eased it past a diving point off the back foot to beat third man to the boundary

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Broom, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, chopped away wide of point for a single

End of over 6 (16 runs) New Zealand 43/2 (108 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.16, RRR: 7.71)
NT Broom    20* (11b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-15-0
BB McCullum    15* (15b 1x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    3-0-21-2

6.1

Siddle to Broom, no run, full on the off stump, driven straight to mid-off

6.2

Siddle to Broom, 1 run, turned away wide of square leg for a single

6.3

Siddle to BB McCullum, no run, good length on middle and off, defended off the back foot to mid-on

6.4

Siddle to BB McCullum, no run, maintaining a tight line here, on the stumps, defended off the back foot to midwicket

6.5

Siddle to BB McCullum, 1 run, full on the pads, flicked away to deep square leg for a single

6.6

Siddle to Broom, 1 run, jagged back in, tries to work it away in front of square, clips the thigh pad on the way to point

End of over 7 (3 runs) New Zealand 46/2 (105 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.57, RRR: 8.07)
NT Broom    22* (14b 4x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-24-2
BB McCullum    16* (18b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-15-0

A scattered crowd at the SCG. Certainly not full capacity

7.1

Hilfenhaus to Broom, 2 runs, short on middle and off, pulled away in front of square, David Hussey runs a good distance from deep midwicket to cut that off just inside the ropes

7.2

Hilfenhaus to Broom, 1 run, short of a length on the off stump, chopped down to third man for a single

7.3

Hilfenhaus to BB McCullum, 1 run, short on middle and leg, tucked away to fine leg. Fifty up for New Zealand, scored at a healthy rate

7.4

Hilfenhaus to Broom, no run, full on the off stump, driven back gently to the bowler

7.5

Hilfenhaus to Broom, FOUR, excellent shot! Full, overpitched outside off, makes room and drills that wide of mid-off for a boundary. Sweet sound of bat hitting ball there

7.6

Hilfenhaus to Broom, 1 run, slower offcutter, moved in sharply, caught Broom on the glove as he tried to run that down to third man

End of over 8 (9 runs) New Zealand 55/2 (96 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.87, RRR: 8.00)
NT Broom    30* (19b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-24-0
BB McCullum    17* (19b 1x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    4-0-24-2

James Hopes into the attack now, replacing Siddle

8.1

Hopes to Broom, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, tries to turn it away on the leg side, checks his shot at the last moment gets a leading edge into the off side

8.2

Hopes to Broom, 1 run, short on the off stump, comes down the track and cuts it away to third man

8.3

Hopes to BB McCullum, 1 run, full outside off, gets outside the line to drive it through the off side, gets a thick inside edge wide of midwicket for a quick single

8.4

Hopes to Broom, FOUR, got it far more fine than he had expected, and proved extremely effective, good length outside off, tries to chop it down to third man, gets an under edge wide of the diving keeper to the boundary

8.5

Hopes to Broom, no run, short outside off, cut away well but fails to beat a diving Adam Voges at point

8.6

Hopes to Broom, no run, drilled into the ground and gets on the bounce to Voges again, good last couple of balls

End of over 9 (6 runs) New Zealand 61/2 (90 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.77, RRR: 8.18)
NT Broom    35* (24b 6x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-6-0
BB McCullum    18* (20b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-24-0

David Hussey to bowl his offspinners now

9.1

Hussey to BB McCullum, 2 runs, tossed up on middle and leg, flicked away between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a couple

The par-score at the end of this over has to be 71 for New Zealand

9.2

Hussey to BB McCullum, no run, flighted outside off, reverse-swept straight to point

9.3

Hussey to BB McCullum, no run, on middle and leg, defended off the front foot to midwicket

9.4

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, turned away towards a diving short fine for a single

9.5

Hussey to Broom, 1 run, kept low as he shaped himself for a cut, adjusted well to push it towards deep point

9.6

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, tries to drive it off the front foot, gets an inside edge into the leg side for a single

End of over 10 (5 runs) New Zealand 66/2 (85 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.60, RRR: 8.50)
BB McCullum    22* (25b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    1-0-5-0
NT Broom    36* (25b 6x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-6-0

10.1

Hopes to BB McCullum, 2 runs, full outside off, hit cleanly towards long-on where a fumble by David Hussey allows them to come back for the second

10.2

Hopes to BB McCullum, FOUR, timely boundary, full outside off, sliced away over point for a crucial, pressure-relieving four

10.3

Hopes to BB McCullum, 1 run, full on middle and leg, heaved away towards deep midwicket

10.4

Hopes to Broom, OUT, goes for a slog over midwicket despite not being there to the pitch, gets the top-edge, Callum Ferguson runs in from deep midwicket to take a well-judged catch as it took ages to come down

NT Broom c Ferguson b Hopes 36 (31m 26b 6x4 0x6) SR: 138.46

A crucial wicket that, ended a threatening 61-run stand. Elliot walks in

10.5

Hopes to BB McCullum, 1 run, guided wide of a diving point for a single

10.6

Hopes to Elliott, no run, full outside off, is down the track and strokes it straight to cover on the bounce

End of over 11 (8 runs) New Zealand 74/3 (77 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 8.55)
GD Elliott    0* (1b)      JR Hopes    2-0-14-1
BB McCullum    30* (29b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    1-0-5-0

11.1

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, turned away wide of square leg for a single

11.2

Hussey to Elliott, 3 byes, spun in sharply and missed the off stump by a whisker, short of a length outside off, tries to run that to short third, misses as it turns more than he expected, also beats the keeper

11.3

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, pushed off the back foot wide of cover

11.4

Hussey to Elliott, no run, flat on middle and off, defended on the off side

11.5

Hussey to Elliott, 1 run, excellent bowling here, spun in again to beat the outside edge as he tried to guide that towards point

11.6

Hussey to BB McCullum, no run, superb over, flighted outside off, tries to reverse sweep wide of point, is hit on the pads, was struck outside the line

End of over 12 (6 runs) New Zealand 80/3 (71 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 8.87)
BB McCullum    32* (32b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-0
GD Elliott    1* (4b)      JR Hopes    2-0-14-1

12.1

Hopes to Elliott, no run, the runs have been hard to come by for the last couple of overs, comes down the track to push it away through the covers, is hit on the pads

12.2

Hopes to Elliott, 1 leg bye, tries to glance it down fine, brushes the pads, drops on the leg side and they take a quick run

12.3

Hopes to BB McCullum, 1 run, full outside off, McCullum reaches for it to steer it towards deep cover

12.4

Hopes to Elliott, 2 runs, full on the pads, glanced down fine wide of fine leg for a couple

12.5

Hopes to Elliott, 2 runs, good length outside off, makes room to slice it wide of point for a couple, a wayward throw from the deep makes their job much easier

12.6

Hopes to Elliott, 1 run, powerfully struck but straight to the fielder, short of a good length on the off stump, shuffles and pulls it away straight towards deep midwicket

End of over 13 (7 runs) New Zealand 87/3 (64 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.69, RRR: 9.14)
GD Elliott    6* (9b)      JR Hopes    3-0-20-1
BB McCullum    33* (33b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-0

David Hussey to continue

13.1

Hussey to Elliott, no run, he's spinning it well here, tries to counter it by dancing down the track and placing it in the leg side, struck on the pads

13.2

Hussey to Elliott, no run, another dot ball, flighted outside off, tries to sweep it in front of square, hit outside the line

13.3

Hussey to Elliott, 1 leg bye, short and wide, goes for a sweep again, hit on the thighs

13.4

Hussey to BB McCullum, FOUR, the ball spun away to beat Adam Voges at short third there, reverse swept towards him but failed to cover the spin and the ball rolls down the third-man boundary

13.5

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned away behind square for a single

13.6

Hussey to Elliott, 1 run, on leg stump, shuffles and flicks it away towards short fine for a single

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 94/3 (57 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.71, RRR: 9.50)
GD Elliott    7* (13b)      DJ Hussey    3-0-14-0
BB McCullum    38* (35b 3x4 1x6)      JR Hopes    3-0-20-1

Hilfenhaus back into the attack. 57 needed off 36. Tough task ahead for the visitors

14.1

Hilfenhaus to Elliott, no run, a touch slower there, full outside off, cut into the batsman who went for a wild drive through the off side, was into the shot too early there, missed

14.2

Hilfenhaus to Elliott, no run, moved away, short of a length outside off, tries to cut it past point, misses again

14.3

Hilfenhaus to Elliott, no run, Elliot is struggling here, slightly short outside off, tries to slog it away over midwicket, misses, three dot balls

14.4

Hilfenhaus to Elliott, 1 run, full on the off stump, struck away firmly into the deep towards the cover fielder for a single

14.5

Hilfenhaus to BB McCullum, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off, dug out towards point for a single

14.6

Hilfenhaus to Elliott, no run, end of an excellent over, tries to slice that away over point, fails to make contact, just two off that over

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 96/3 (55 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.40, RRR: 11.00)
GD Elliott    8* (18b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-26-0
BB McCullum    39* (36b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    3-0-14-0

55 needed off 30.

15.1

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, dropped, flighted on middle and off, comes down the track to loft it over the bowlers head, fails to get the elevation and Hussey puts it down while trying to pouch it over his head

15.2

Hussey to Elliott, 4 runs, tossed up outside off, reverse swept over the point fielder

15.3

Hussey to Elliott, 1 run, pulled away straight to deep midwicket

15.4

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, attempts the reverse sweep again, falls just short of Adam Vpges at short fine

15.5

Hussey to Elliott, 1 run, quicker ball on middle and leg, down the track and pushes it wide of mid-on for a single

15.6

Hussey to BB McCullum, 2 runs, low full toss outside off, driven wide of long-off for a couple

End of over 16 (10 runs) New Zealand 106/3 (45 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.62, RRR: 11.25)
BB McCullum    43* (39b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    4-0-24-0
GD Elliott    14* (21b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-26-0

45 needed off four overs. Hopes to bowl

16.1

Hopes to Elliott, FOUR, pulls off a Dougie Marillier shot, full toss on middle, paddles it well wide of the short-fine fielder for a boundary

16.2

Hopes to Elliott, 1 run, good comeback, yorker fired in on leg stump, dug out wide of cover for a single

16.3

Hopes to BB McCullum, SIX, that's disappeared, length ball outside off stump, strikes it cleanly over the bowler's head and the long-off boundary, crucial hit

16.4

Hopes to BB McCullum, FOUR, follows that up with a boundary, full on the leg stump, gets forward and paddles it really fine for a boundary that brings up his fifty. Excellent knock

16.5

Hopes to BB McCullum, FOUR, New Zealand have come back hard in this over, just a fraction short on middle, shuffles and paddles it over the short-fine fielder for a one bounce four

16.6

Hopes to BB McCullum, 1 run, eased through the coves for a single, could that be the match-turning over? 20 off it

End of over 17 (20 runs) New Zealand 126/3 (25 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.41, RRR: 8.33)
BB McCullum    58* (43b 5x4 2x6)      JR Hopes    4-0-40-1
GD Elliott    19* (23b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-24-0

25 needed off 18. The job looks much easier now. Bracken back into the attack. Australia need another maiden from him here

17.1

Bracken to BB McCullum, 1 run, offcutter, good length outside off, run down to third man for a single

17.2

Bracken to Elliott, 1 run, slower ball bowled short outside off, dragged down to deep midwicket

17.3

Bracken to BB McCullum, 1 run, slower ball bowled full on leg stump, flicked away to fine leg, decide against the second and wisely so, good throw into the keeper from the deep

17.4

Bracken to Elliott, no run, short of a length outside off, tries to pull it away over midwicket, fails to connect, Haddin's standing up

17.5

Bracken to Elliott, 1 run, short on the off stump, walks across and paddles it down to fine leg

17.6

Bracken to BB McCullum, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, paddled uppishly towards fine leg for a single. Just five off the over

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 131/3 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.27, RRR: 10.00)
BB McCullum    61* (46b 5x4 2x6)      NW Bracken    3-1-6-0
GD Elliott    21* (26b 1x4)      JR Hopes    4-0-40-1

20 needed off 12. Hilfenhaus to bowl the 19th over.

18.1

Hilfenhaus to BB McCullum, OUT, Superb catch! Could that be the decisive moment?? Full outside off, struck away straight to Voges at long-on, he takes it just inside the ropes but loses his balance, throws the ball up in the air to ensure he doesn't carry it over the boundary, trips on the way forward but retains his composure to pouch it comfortably back again, kept his cool throughout there and has possibly turned the match in Australia's favour here

BB McCullum c Voges b Hilfenhaus 61 (71m 47b 5x4 2x6) SR: 129.78

The batsmen crossed there, and Elliot is now on strike

18.2

Hilfenhaus to Elliott, 1 run, full outside off, reaches for it and strokes it down to deep cover for a single

James Franklin to face

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Franklin, 1 wide, bouncer banged in short on middle, tries to upper cut that over the keeper, misses, a touch too high there and rightly given a wide

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Franklin, 1 run, yorker on middle, dug out in the leg side for a quick single

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Elliott, 1 run, slow full toss on the off stump, he could have smacked that anywhere but instead he gently pushes it to mid-off for a single

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Franklin, 2 runs, full outside off, chipped over the in-field wide of deep cover for a couple

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Franklin, no run, swing and a miss, full outside off, held its line, tried to hit through the line and dismiss it over the long-on boundary, failed to make contact there

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 137/4 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 14.00)
JEC Franklin    3* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-32-1
GD Elliott    23* (28b 1x4)      NW Bracken    3-1-6-0

Bracken, who's been thrifty thus far, will bowl the last over. New Zealand need 14 to win

19.1

Bracken to Elliott, OUT, run out, slower offcutter bowled on a good length outside off, came forward to slog it over midwicket, runs for the single but Haddin throws down the stumps at the striker's end with an under-arm flick to find the batsman well short

JEC Franklin run out 3 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

14 needed off 5. Nathan McCullum walks in

19.2

Bracken to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, full on the pads, tries to chip it away over the in-field on the leg side, is rapped on the pads and can only manage a leg bye towards cover

19.3

Bracken to Elliott, 1 leg bye, slower ball bowled full on middle and off, cutting away, gets down on one knee to smack it over midwicket, hit on the pads as he fails to pick the slower one, a missed opportunity there

12 needed off 3

19.4

Bracken to NL McCullum, no run, hats off to Bracken! Short on middle and off, goes for the pull, misses yet again, Haddin prevents the single

Two sixes needed from here one

19.5

Bracken to NL McCullum, FOUR, gets a boundary, sorry but that's not quite enough!! Full on middle and leg, dragged away wide of square leg, went all along the ground there

Eight needed off the last ball, impossible unless he bowls a wide or a no-ball here

19.6

Bracken to NL McCullum, SIX, massive six! A little too late though, short on middle and off, pulled away over the deep midwicket boundary for a big one!

New Zealand lose by one run, and that catch from Voges changed things for the home team. 25 were needed off three overs at that stage and McCullum had helped take 20 off the previous over from Hopes. However, Elliot struggled, and Bracken bowled brilliantly throughout to ensure Australia got home eventually. Thanks for tuning in, it's been great bringing you the entire tour. From all of us here at Cricinfo, it's goodbye.

End of over 20 (12 runs) New Zealand 149/5 (2 runs required)
NL McCullum    10* (4b 1x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    4-1-16-0
GD Elliott    23* (30b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-32-1
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