Australia in New Zealand T20I Series - 2nd T20I

New Zealand v Australia

Match tied (New Zealand won the one-over eliminator)

Hello and welcome to Christchurch for the 2nd T20I between New Zealand and Australia.

Daniel Vettori has won the toss and will bat first again. In team news, Tim Southee comes in for Daryl Tuffey, which is a slight surprise.

While for Australia, Travis Burt is in for Shane Watson and Ryan Harris is in for Mitchell Johnson, who was MOM in the first match in Wellington.

The weather is fine with some high cloud. We are headed for a maximum of 28 degrees C and the surface is in pristine condition.

The pitch has played well in the curtain raiser between the two women's teams even though there were only 210 runs scored. New Zealand won the match to take the T20I series 5-0 after losing the ODI series 5-0 - remarkable turnaround.

The crowd are streaming in for this evening's match and hopefully we will see the stands at near-capacity.

It will be interesting to see how New Zealand's top order handles the pace and hustle of Tait, Nannes and Harris after the Australian's produced a stunning opening six overs in Wellington which New Zealand were never able to come back from.

Hopefully, for everyone's sake, New Zealand can produce a strong performance with the bat to test Australia later on in the evening.

I am Marc Ellison and Gopi Rangarajan is scoring for us. We look forward to bringing you coverage of tonight's game. So sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the action.

Tait to bowl to Brendon McCullum to get things underway.

0.1

Tait to BB McCullum, 4 leg byes, 151 kph, half volley outside leg stump and McCullum whips it fine past Haddin for four

0.2

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, 151 kpn, half volley on middle and McCullum pushes to mid on

0.3

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, 151 kph, courage at its best as McCullum charges Tait and gets it on the full and pushes through the covers for four

0.4

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 run, 151 kph, full again and McCullum pushes to mid off for a quick single

0.5

Tait to Ingram, 1 wide, 150 kph, Ingra moves to leg and it's far too wide of off stump

0.5

Tait to Ingram, no run, 149 kph, Ingram backs away again and tries to launch it straight but misses

0.6

Tait to Ingram, OUT, 151 kph, good length from Tait, Ingram plays down the wrong line and is bowled! It just didn't seem as if he picked that one up - or any of the three...

PJ Ingram b Tait 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 1 (10 runs) New Zealand 10/1 (RR: 10.00)
     SW Tait    1-0-6-1
BB McCullum    5* (4b 1x4)     

1.1

Nannes to BB McCullum, SIX, full on off stump and McCullum hits nicely through the line over extra cover for four

1.2

Nannes to BB McCullum, 3 runs, dropped shorter this time, McCullum pulls from outside off and it takes the top edge, Harris moves back from short fine leg and can't get close enough to it.

1.3

Nannes to Guptill, 1 run, good length and Guptill defends with soft hands square of the wicket and they scramble a quick single

1.4

Nannes to BB McCullum, no run, Mcullum advances early and gets a leading edge into the off side. Clarke picks up and hits the stump but McCullum is home safe

1.5

Nannes to BB McCullum, FOUR, McCullum moves towards the off side and whips it fine of short fine leg

1.6

Nannes to BB McCullum, no run, 150 kph, good bouncer from Nannes and McCullum tries to hook but misses

End of over 2 (14 runs) New Zealand 24/1 (RR: 12.00)
BB McCullum    18* (9b 2x4 1x6)      DP Nannes    1-0-14-0
MJ Guptill    1* (1b)      SW Tait    1-0-6-1

2.1

Tait to Guptill, no run, 148 kph, good channel and Guptill allows it through to the keeper

2.2

Tait to Guptill, no run, 151 kph, fuller again and entices Guptill into the drive but he misses

2.3

Tait to Guptill, no run, 148 kph, shorter and wide and Guptill shapes to cut but then pulls out

2.4

Tait to Guptill, no run, 150 kph, angled down leg, Guptill tries to whip it off his pads but misses and it collects the thigh pad through to Haddin

2.5

Tait to Guptill, FOUR, fuller and Guptill slashes square, it takes the otuside edge and flies fine for four over gully

2.6

Tait to Guptill, FOUR, half volley and Guptill drives strongly through mid on for four, super stroke!

End of over 3 (8 runs) New Zealand 32/1 (RR: 10.66)
MJ Guptill    9* (7b 2x4)      SW Tait    2-0-14-1
BB McCullum    18* (9b 2x4 1x6)      DP Nannes    1-0-14-0

3.1

Nannes to BB McCullum, FOUR, McCullum walks across to the off side again and Nannes goes full as McCullum works it off his pads through backward square for four

3.2

Nannes to BB McCullum, no run, 153 kph, McCullum charges this time and Nannes is shorter and quicker and McCullum tries to pull but misses

3.3

Nannes to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, 132 kph, slower ball at leg stump and McCullum clips it to short fine leg

3.4

Nannes to Guptill, 1 run, 149 kph, back of a length and Guptill plays it smartly with soft hands, defending into the off side

3.5

Nannes to BB McCullum, no run, 133 kph, slower ball and McCullum tries to play the 'Dil scoop' but it's just too high for him

3.6

Nannes to BB McCullum, FOUR, 147 kph, short delivery pulled powerfully through backward square for four where the man on the boundary misfields

End of over 4 (10 runs) New Zealand 42/1 (RR: 10.50)
BB McCullum    26* (14b 4x4 1x6)      DP Nannes    2-0-23-0
MJ Guptill    10* (8b 2x4)      SW Tait    2-0-14-1

4.1

Harris to Guptill, no run, 142 kph, good length towards middle stump and Guptill gets an inside edge onto his pad and into the off side

4.2

Harris to Guptill, 1 run, yorker played to mid off ofr a quick single

4.3

Harris to BB McCullum, 1 run, McCullum advances this time and drives to mid off who does well to prevent the boundary

4.4

Harris to Guptill, no run, back of a length and McCullum pushes to point from the middle of the bat

4.5

Harris to Guptill, FOUR, fuller from Harris and Guptill times it perfectly on the up and hits it over mid off for four

4.6

Harris to Guptill, no run, half volley on off stump and Guptill drives powerfully to mid off on the bounce

End of over 5 (6 runs) New Zealand 48/1 (RR: 9.60)
MJ Guptill    15* (13b 3x4)      RJ Harris    1-0-6-0
BB McCullum    27* (15b 4x4 1x6)      DP Nannes    2-0-23-0

5.1

Nannes to BB McCullum, 1 run, half volley on middle and McCullum drives off the inside edge to deep square leg

5.2

Nannes to Guptill, 1 run, 150 kph, good length and Guptill uses the pace to play to third man

5.3

Nannes to BB McCullum, FOUR, good length outside off and McCullum plays the 'Dil scoop' and gets it just fine enough for Haddin who is wrong-footed

5.4

Nannes to BB McCullum, SIX, full outside off and McCullum slog sweeps it high over mid wicket for half a dozen. McCullum on fire!

5.5

Nannes to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, good length but too straight and it takes McCullum on the thigh and into the leg side

5.6

Nannes to Guptill, 1 run, good channel from Nannes and Guptill is just content on rotating the strike as he uses the pace to third man

End of over 6 (14 runs) New Zealand 62/1 (RR: 10.33)
MJ Guptill    17* (15b 3x4)      DP Nannes    3-0-36-0
BB McCullum    38* (19b 5x4 2x6)      RJ Harris    1-0-6-0

6.1

Harris to Guptill, no run, Harris hits the corridor of uncertainty and Guptill tries to use the pace again to play to third man but misses

6.2

Harris to Guptill, OUT, good length, a fraction straight and Guptill drives in the air, he actually hits it too well and goes straight down the throat of Smith at long on

MJ Guptill c Smith b Harris 17 (22m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

6.3

Harris to BB McCullum, no run, full and driven to mid off

6.4

Harris to BB McCullum, no run, good length and pushed to cover

6.5

Harris to BB McCullum, no run, Harris hits a good channel again and McCullum defends to cover

6.6

Harris to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum shapes to play the lap and then pushes into the off side. Wicket maiden for Harris, well bowled.

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 62/2 (RR: 8.85)
BB McCullum    38* (23b 5x4 2x6)      RJ Harris    2-1-6-1
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      DP Nannes    3-0-36-0

7.1

Hussey to Taylor, no run, Taylor walks across to off and tries to slay it into the leg side but misses

7.2

Hussey to Taylor, no run, driven to cover

7.3

Hussey to Taylor, no run, really quick and he plays and misses

7.4

Hussey to Taylor, 2 runs, full outside off and Taylor drives square to the off side sweeper

7.5

Hussey to Taylor, no run, shapes up for the sweep again and it's too quick for him

7.6

Hussey to Taylor, FOUR, full outside off and Taylor plays late through square third man for four

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 68/2 (RR: 8.50)
LRPL Taylor    6* (6b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0
BB McCullum    38* (23b 5x4 2x6)      RJ Harris    2-1-6-1

8.1

Smith to BB McCullum, no run, good start from Smith and McCullum pushes back to the bowler

8.2

Smith to BB McCullum, 1 run, uses his feet and is beaten in flight and plays to third man

8.3

Smith to Taylor, no run, short and cut to White at backward point who does well to save the single

8.4

Smith to Taylor, no run, tossed up this time and pushed to cover

8.5

Smith to Taylor, OUT, Taylor cuts to White again and he calls yes but McCullum sends him back and he's found short by a good throw

LRPL Taylor run out 6 (8m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

8.6

Smith to Franklin, 1 run, tossed up outside off and played nicely to long off like the 'Big Easy,' Ernie Els

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 70/3 (RR: 7.77)
JEC Franklin    1* (1b)      SPD Smith    1-0-2-0
BB McCullum    39* (25b 5x4 2x6)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0

9.1

Hussey to Franklin, no run, angled into leg stump from around the wicket and pushed into the off side

9.2

Hussey to Franklin, 1 run, shorter and cut to short third man

9.3

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, full and driven to deep mid wicket off the inside edge

9.4

Hussey to Franklin, no run, 117 kph, darted into leg and pushed into the off side from a mixture of bat and pad

9.5

Hussey to Franklin, no run, angled into leg and whipped to mid wicket

9.6

Hussey to Franklin, 1 run, full outside off and driven square to the off side sweeper

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 73/3 (RR: 7.30)
JEC Franklin    3* (6b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-9-0
BB McCullum    40* (26b 5x4 2x6)      SPD Smith    1-0-2-0

10.1

Smith to Franklin, FOUR, low full toss and driven powerfully through long off, beating the man on the fence

10.2

Smith to Franklin, OUT, half volley driven straight to Clarke at mid wicket. The Australian captain made sure he watched that all the way into his hands after dropping a catch in Wellington. No mistake this time

JEC Franklin c Clarke b Smith 7 (5m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

10.3

Smith to Hopkins, FOUR, low full toss and swept square past the man on the fence for four

10.4

Smith to Hopkins, 1 run, short and driven through the off side to the sweeper

10.5

Smith to BB McCullum, 1 run, uses his feet this time and drives off the inside edge to long on

10.6

Smith to Hopkins, 1 run, low full toss worked into the off side for a single

End of over 11 (11 runs) New Zealand 84/4 (RR: 7.63)
GJ Hopkins    6* (3b 1x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-13-1
BB McCullum    41* (27b 5x4 2x6)      DJ Hussey    2-0-9-0

11.1

Christian to Hopkins, FOUR, good length and Hopkins gives himself room and cuts over point for four

11.2

Christian to Hopkins, 1 run, good channel from Christian and Hopkins plays inside the line and down to third man

11.3

Christian to BB McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, back of a length and he pushes into the off side for a comfortable single

11.4

Christian to Hopkins, 1 run, Hopkins gives himself room and pushes to point where Clarke does well to keep the scoring to one

11.5

Christian to BB McCullum, 4 leg byes, steps away to the off side and hits him on the pad as he looks to sweep, it takes him on the pad and runs fine for four

11.6

Christian to BB McCullum, no run, perfect yorker and McCullum drives back to the bowler

End of over 12 (11 runs) New Zealand 95/4 (RR: 7.91)
BB McCullum    42* (30b 5x4 2x6)      DT Christian    1-0-7-0
GJ Hopkins    12* (6b 2x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-13-1

12.1

Smith to Hopkins, 1 run, steps away to leg and plays to point for a sharp single

12.2

Smith to BB McCullum, FOUR, tossed up and crunched back past the bowler dead straight for four. That is timing!

12.3

Smith to BB McCullum, 1 run, tossed up again and he uses his feet and plays to long off

12.4

Smith to Hopkins, 1 run, tossed up and slower from Smith and Hopkins mistimes a sweep into the leg side

12.5

Smith to BB McCullum, FOUR, decent legth fur McCullum sweeps nicely through the leg side, long on runs around to mid wicket and flicks it to the man closest to him but misses and it goes for four

12.6

Smith to BB McCullum, no run, advances again and pushes straight back to the bowler

End of over 13 (11 runs) New Zealand 106/4 (RR: 8.15)
BB McCullum    51* (34b 7x4 2x6)      SPD Smith    3-0-24-1
GJ Hopkins    14* (8b 2x4)      DT Christian    1-0-7-0

13.1

Christian to Hopkins, 1 run, full delivery and heaved in the air to long on

13.2

Christian to BB McCullum, FOUR, the 'Dil scoop' from McCullum timed perfectly over Haddin's head for four

13.3

Christian to BB McCullum, SIX, bumper from Christian and McCullum hooks over fine leg for half a dozen

13.4

Christian to BB McCullum, 1 run, yorker dug out into the off side

13.5

Christian to Hopkins, SIX, low full toss, Hopkins uses depth of the crease and whips it low over square leg for a maximum. Hopkins' innovation at his best

13.6

Christian to Hopkins, 1 run, low full toss whipped out to deep square on the bounce

End of over 14 (19 runs) New Zealand 125/4 (RR: 8.92)
GJ Hopkins    22* (11b 2x4 1x6)      DT Christian    2-0-26-0
BB McCullum    62* (37b 8x4 3x6)      SPD Smith    3-0-24-1

14.1

Harris to Hopkins, FOUR, short and just wide enough as Hopkins gives himself enough room to cut for four, super stroke

14.2

Harris to Hopkins, 1 run, good length and Hopkins drives to mid off for a quick single. The throw misses and Hopkins would've been out

14.3

Harris to BB McCullum, FOUR, full on middle stump and McCullum plays the scoop over Haddin's head for four. I am at a BBQ at Andy McKay's place and he says, 'That is ridiculous!'

14.4

Harris to BB McCullum, 1 wide, McCullum moves inside the line and leaves as it's wide of off stump. It was actually inside the line but harshly called wide

14.4

Harris to BB McCullum, 1 run, full on off stump and crucnhed to deep cover to the sweeper

14.5

Harris to Hopkins, SIX, slower ball from Harris, Hopkins drives, gets it wrong but square drives over point for six!

14.6

Harris to Hopkins, 1 run, steps away to leg and drives to deep point. Hopkins playing an absolute gem here

End of over 15 (18 runs) New Zealand 143/4 (RR: 9.53)
GJ Hopkins    34* (15b 3x4 2x6)      RJ Harris    3-1-24-1
BB McCullum    67* (39b 9x4 3x6)      DT Christian    2-0-26-0

15.1

Nannes to Hopkins, 2 runs, full outsie off and driven on one leg to long on and they somehow get two

15.2

Nannes to Hopkins, OUT, bumper from Nannes and Hopkins goes back and hooks off the top edge over the keeper for four but he's walked back onto his stumps. Disappointing end to a superb knock from the wee man

GJ Hopkins hit wicket b Nannes 36 (20m 17b 3x4 2x6) SR: 211.76

15.3

Nannes to Oram, 1 leg bye, angled into leg and he works it fine

15.4

Nannes to BB McCullum, SIX, bumper again and McCullum hooks high into the stands for a maximum!

15.5

Nannes to BB McCullum, SIX, McCullum walks towards the off side and pulls Nannes into the stands again. Tough for the bowlers with such short boundaries here in Christchurch

15.6

Nannes to BB McCullum, 1 run, waist high full toss and he works it to fine leg. McCullum not happy with the call as he thought it was a no ball

End of over 16 (16 runs) New Zealand 159/5 (RR: 9.93)
BB McCullum    80* (42b 9x4 5x6)      DP Nannes    4-0-51-1
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      RJ Harris    3-1-24-1

16.1

Tait to BB McCullum, FOUR, 150 kph, inswinging yorker just outside leg and McCullum sccops fine for four more

McCullum has done extremely well each time New Zealand have lost a wicket to immediately regain the momentum.

16.2

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 run, perfect yorker and dug out into the off side

16.3

Tait to Oram, no run, full otuside off and Oram plays and misses

16.4

Tait to Oram, OUT, Oram walks across to the off side and misses it and is cleaned out. Great delivery from the express paceman

JDP Oram b Tait 0 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

16.5

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 run, yorker dug out off the inside edge into his back pad and they scramble a quick single

16.6

Tait to BB McCullum, no run, slower ball and McCullum plays it back to the bowler

End of over 17 (6 runs) New Zealand 165/6 (RR: 9.70)
BB McCullum    85* (45b 10x4 5x6)      SW Tait    3-0-20-2
NL McCullum    1* (1b)      DP Nannes    4-0-51-1

17.1

Harris to NL McCullum, 1 run, bakc of a length and pushed into the off side, Clarke throws at the bowlers stumps and it misses, Nathan would've been short had it hit

17.2

Harris to BB McCullum, no run, bumper and McCullum pulls but misses

17.3

Harris to BB McCullum, SIX, short and pulled powerfully flat into the stands for half a dozen

17.4

Harris to BB McCullum, FOUR, yorker heaved into the leg side and somehow it runs away through mid wicket for four

17.5

Harris to BB McCullum, FOUR, full and cracked straight down the ground for four!

17.6

Harris to BB McCullum, 1 run, full again and cracked through the off side to the sweeper. What a magnificent hundred from Brendon McCullum! He's played every stroke in the book and done it with aplomb. Andy McKay made a rather prophetic call earlier in the innings that McCullum would score a hundred and he has come through.

End of over 18 (16 runs) New Zealand 181/6 (RR: 10.05)
BB McCullum    100* (50b 12x4 6x6)      RJ Harris    4-1-40-1
NL McCullum    2* (2b)      SW Tait    3-0-20-2

18.1

Tait to BB McCullum, SIX, McCullum falls away to the off side and plays a miraculous scoop over the keepers' head for six!

18.2

Tait to BB McCullum, (no ball) 1 run, advances and hits the yorker length and drives to the cover sweeper. He has overstepped as well.

18.2

Tait to NL McCullum, 2 wides, this is well wide of off stump, Nathan plays and misses and they steal a bye too, he's overstepped again

18.2

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 run, walks across to off and whips it over deep backward square to the sweeper

18.3

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 run, full on leg stump and worked fine

18.4

Tait to BB McCullum, SIX, the scoop comes out again and he gets six more! This is a phenomenal display from Brendon McCullum

18.5

Tait to BB McCullum, 1 run, cracked to deep cover

18.6

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 wide, far too wide off off stump

18.6

Tait to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, he steps away to leg and plays to thid man off his back pad

End of over 19 (21 runs) New Zealand 202/6 (RR: 10.63)
NL McCullum    3* (4b)      SW Tait    4-0-40-2
BB McCullum    115* (55b 12x4 8x6)      RJ Harris    4-1-40-1

19.1

Hussey to NL McCullum, 1 run, full and swept off the edge to square leg on the fence

19.2

Hussey to BB McCullum, 1 run, slog swept out to Warner at deep mid wicket who dives to try and take the catch but he picks it up on the half volley

19.3

Hussey to NL McCullum, no run, tries to play the slog sweep, it takes a bottom edge behind Haddin, nobody knows where it's gone

19.4

Hussey to NL McCullum, SIX, half volley on middle on Nathan just hammers it straight over the bowlers' head for a maximum

19.5

Hussey to NL McCullum, no run, yorker length outside off from around the wicket and he plays and misses

19.6

Hussey to NL McCullum, FOUR, Hussey misses his length this his and Nathan goes inside out over extra cover for one bounce four

What a superb display from Brendon McCullum. He has well and truly silenced the critics and shown just how devastating he can be on his day - not that anybody doubted that. He has done it on the international stage and becomes just the second player to score a T20I hundred, finishing 116 not out, one run short of Chris Gayle's record of 117.

Join us in 10 minutes for Australia's chase.

End of over 20 (12 runs) New Zealand 214/6
NL McCullum    14* (9b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    3-0-21-0
BB McCullum    116* (56b 12x4 8x6)      SW Tait    4-0-40-2
Series Results
New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch - Feb 28, 2010
Match tied (New Zealand won the one-over eliminator)
New Zealand v Australia at Wellington - Feb 26, 2010
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
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Feb 28, 2010

Michael Clarke plays through the leg side, New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Twenty20 international, Christchurch, February 28, 2010

Michael Clarke plays through the leg side

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Feb 28, 2010

Michael Clarke lofts over the top, New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Twenty20 international, Christchurch, February 28, 2010

Michael Clarke lofts over the top

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