Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MEK Hussey
59(59) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
9 0 0 4 5 1 1 2
LRPL Taylor
70(71) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 2 3 0 0 1 10

Best performances - Bowlers

DE Bollinger
O9.2
M0
R58
W2
Eco6.21
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DR Tuffey
O10.0
M0
R58
W3
Eco5.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

New Zealand win by two wickets with four balls remaining. The pressure was on him towards the death and Styris comes through with a fantastic innings under pressure. Styris was a late inclusion when Daniel Vettori had to pull out with a neck complaint and he has justified his selection with a match-winning 49 not out off just 34 balls.

New Zealand always looked on target for victory with Ross Taylor at the wicket but when he was out from the bowling of Watson at 204 for five in the 39th over, New Zealand needed an old hand to stand up.

Australia's bowlers fought hard right to the end, with Bollinger taking the wickets of McCullum and Broom to give the visitors a real sniff. When Southee was run out at 246, New Zealand needed 30 off 22 deliveries. Bond joined Styris and Bond hit the boundary when required but it was Styris who will take all the accolades on an evening he will never forget.

Ponting felt his team didn't score enough runs due to the fact that nobody went on to make a big score after making a start. It is the first loss for Australia in their last 13 ODIs and Ponting is disapppointed but well aware they need to bounce back quickly for the match in Auckland on Saturday.

New Zealand's stand in captain Ross Taylor can't believe the position he is in, when at the start of the day he had no idea he would captain the side. He heaps praise on all of his players, especially Styris. The loss of Oram made it difficult for him rotating his bowlers however he did an admirable job by all accounts.

Ross Taylor also picks up the Man of the Match award for his run-a-ball 70 which anchored the chase. Styris will feel a little aggrieved for not picking up the award himself but I'm sure he will take enough from the match as it is.

New Zealand take a 1-0 series lead and we head to Auckland for game two on Saturday which starts at 1200 local time and 2300 GMT on Friday night.

Thanks for joining us today and tonight. On behalf of the crew here at Cricinfo, I would like to say goodnight and we look forward to next time. Bye for now.

49.2
6
Bollinger to Styris, SIX runs, length ball from Bollinger and Styris just hits through the line and over mid off for six! What a finish and what an innings from Styris!
49.1
0
Bollinger to Styris, no run, Bollinger goes yorker length but it's down leg and it takes Styris on the pad and goes to short fine leg and they can't get a single

END OF OVER:
49 | 11 Runs | NZ: 275/8

  • SE Bond11 (8b)
  • SB Styris43 (32b)
  • SR Watson9-0-47-1
  • DE Bollinger9-0-52-2
48.6
4
Watson to Bond, FOUR runs, fullish and Bond sits back and plays off the outside half through backwars point for four
48.5
1
Watson to Styris, 1 run, good length and Styris plays to point and they take a single. Watson and the Australian's appeal as it has taken the pad first and that was a very good shout for LBW but not given
48.4
1lb
Watson to Bond, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads and Bond is outside leg anyway, it takes him on the pads and runs into the off side and they take a leg bye. Great scenes from the crowd who are exceptionally loud!
48.3
0
Watson to Bond, no run, slower ball and Bond forces to Ponting at point

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MEK Hussey
59(59) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
9 0 0 4 5 1 1 2
LRPL Taylor
70(71) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 2 3 0 0 1 10

Best performances - Bowlers

DE Bollinger
O9.2
M0
R58
W2
Eco6.21
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DR Tuffey
O10.0
M0
R58
W3
Eco5.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF