Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
61(75) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 0 2 2 2 2 0 1
CL White
50(57) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 0 2 1 5 4

Best performances - Bowlers

DL Vettori
O7.0
M1
R29
W2
Eco4.14
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NM Hauritz
O8.0
M0
R46
W3
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Australia take the series 3-1 with one game remaining with another comprehensive win here in Auckland.

Ponting played a great innings under pressure and basically counter-attacked the New Zealand attack when Bond was fired up at the top of the innings, with 50 off just 35 deliveries.

Cameron Whites deserves a lot of praise for bringing the game home with 50 not out and his amazing summer continues. Hussey and Voges played important innings too.

New Zealand simply did not score enough runs, once again, and the Duckworth/Lewis system actually gave them a greater chance of winning, unlike five days ago during the second ODI.

McCullum struck the ball cleanly for 61 but he didn't receive enough support at the top of the innings to allow New Zealand to build a sunstantial score.

Nathan Hauritz made the important breakthroughs, nabbing McCullum, Stewart and Franklin in a spell that squeezed the life out of the New Zealand innings. Watson, again, provided the crucial partnership-breaking wickets and finished with for two for 24.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is disappointed in both the batting and bowling. His batsmen didn't socre enough runs, being 120 for one before collapsing to be all out for 238, and his bowlers weren't consistent enough to create enough pressure.

Ponting is rapt with the team effort and heaps praise on most of his players.

Cam White is named Man of the Match and he's happy to see it through to the end for the second game in a row. His game plan is to hit long and straight and it's obviously working pretty well for him. It's his first Chappell-Hadlee series victory in New Zealand so he is a very happy man.

The fifth and final ODI is in Wellington on Saturday March 13 at 2pm local time, that's 1am GMT. Join us in a couple of days time as New Zealand look to salvage some pride, while Australia will look to finish the series in style.

On behalf of the crew here at Cricinfo, this is Marc Ellison signing off. Bye for now, see you in two days time.

31.1
4
Southee to Hussey, FOUR runs, full delivery on middle and Hussey drives powerfull past mid off for four and Australia win the match by six wickets and the series!

END OF OVER:
31 | 9 Runs | AUS: 198/4

  • MEK Hussey24 (16b)
  • CL White50 (57b)
  • DL Vettori7-1-29-2
  • TG Southee5-0-51-0
30.6
1
Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, quicker down leg and Hussey clips it fine to long leg
30.5
0
Vettori to Hussey, no run, slower and Hussey goes back and plays into the leg side
30.4
4
Vettori to Hussey, FOUR runs, arm ball defeats Hussey, it takes the outside edge and runs fine through third man for four
30.3
2
Vettori to Hussey, 2 runs, shorter and flatter and pulled through square leg to Bond, the sweeper, who can;t prevent the second
30.2
1
Vettori to White, 1 run, low full toss driven to mid on to bring up his half-century, well played Cameron White

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
61(75) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 0 2 2 2 2 0 1
CL White
50(57) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 0 2 1 5 4

Best performances - Bowlers

DL Vettori
O7.0
M1
R29
W2
Eco4.14
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NM Hauritz
O8.0
M0
R46
W3
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF