Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

ML Hayden
181(166) 11x4 - 10x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 0 4 0 8 10 18 4
CD McMillan
117(96) 13x4 - 5x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 4 2 1 2 1 13 0

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
O10.0
M0
R81
W3
Eco8.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JS Patel
O10.0
M0
R70
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

I need a breather and a nice stiff drink. Wow. If you thought the last match was a humdinger, well I'll tell you, this was something else. Bracken just lost the plot in the last over, offering a bleeding full toss to McCullum, a man whose reputation as a last-ditch scrapper has skyrocketed. What an innings he played, an unbeaten 86 from 91 deliveries, partnering the never-say-die McMillan in the partnership of the match.

McMillan....well, he needs a special mention. From 41 for 4, with the solid Peter Fulton for support to begin with, he slammed the fastest ODI hundred by a New Zealander. He showed his belligerence in the CB Series and in the last match, but today he took it up a notch and then some. A fabulous innings from him, a day he wont forget any time soon. McMillan, Fulton, McCullum and that man Mark Gillespie, who kept everyone on their toes with a 15-ball 28, mastering the art of the inside-edge and french cut to perfection.

Spare a though for Mike Hussey, who hasnt won a game as captain. He had a depleted side, but then like they say, you put your best team forward. New Zealand too were without their two best bowlers, Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori, and it showed as Matthew Hayden led a fine onslaught to carry Australia to 346. He carried his bat, and braved a fractured foot to score an unbeaten 181, the highest score by an Australian. Unfortunately, he didnt take the field and ended up on the losing side. His injury will monitored very closely leading into the World Cup in three weeks.

For those interested in stats, today's match had 26 sixes - yes, 26 - to equal the record set during that 438 match at Johannesburg last year.

So New Zealand sweep the 2006-07 Chappell-Hadlee Series.

Well, thats all we have for you. This was the last official ODI ahead of that little tournament the ICC have lined up next month. We will definitely see you there. This is Jamie Alter signing off with a hearty cheers until the World Cup!

49.3
4
Bracken to McCullum, FOUR runs, thats four, and New Zealand have whitewashed, blackwashed, whatever you wanna call it - they've beaten Australia 3-0! McCullum slashes another low full toss, one-handed, smack in the gap behind backward point and since everyone was up, that ball was destined for the ropes!
49.2
0
Bracken to McCullum, no run, full and he drives that back to the bowler

everyone comes in...tension, tension...

49.1
6
Bracken to McCullum, SIX runs, would you believe it? Bracken! He bowls a knee-high full toss on the stumps and McCullum slams that superbly over deep fine leg for half a dozen! What a game this is!

Seven needed from six. Dont say a word. McCullum on strike. Here's Bracken.

END OF OVER:
49 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 340/9

  • BB McCullum76 (88b)
  • JS Patel0 (0b)
  • SW Tait10-0-60-2
  • NW Bracken9-0-34-1
48.6
1
Tait to McCullum, 1 run, full in the blockhole, McCullum looks to club it, mistimes it to the off side, sets off, Tait and cover swoop in and fire a throw but McCullum is safe

Last wicket remaining.

48.5
W
Tait to Gillespie, OUT, run out! Tait bowls a great, low delivery outside off stump, Gillespie squeezes the bat down it to steer it to backward point, crosses for one and then as he turns for the second, has to head back as a very good throw comes in from Voges to get him inches short of his crease
48.4
1
Tait to McCullum, 1 run, full and wide, he makes room and square-drives past backward point, thought about the second but thinks better

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

ML Hayden
181(166) 11x4 - 10x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 0 4 0 8 10 18 4
CD McMillan
117(96) 13x4 - 5x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 4 2 1 2 1 13 0

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
O10.0
M0
R81
W3
Eco8.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JS Patel
O10.0
M0
R70
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF