Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    7.4 the miscued pull! Sudden rush of blood there, Southee pitched it on a good length outside off and Watson tried to pull it over midwicket, hit the bottom of the bat and the ball looped towards Arnel at mid-on who fell forward to take the catch 25/1
    56.4 Katich falls just before tea! He shuffle across his stumps yet again and tries to clip it to the on side, but the ball goes straight off the bat and goes to Watling at forward short leg, no doubts about that at all 180/5
    23.3 direct hit! Dan sets a fine example, Ponting pushes a full delivery down to mid-off but he hits it to Vettori's left, picks it up and fires a flat throw at the stumps at the bowler's end, they all know they've got him and the third umpire takes a look 63/2
    39.2 we saw it coming! Southee had beaten Hussey just a short while back outside the off stump, this time he pitches it up outside off and draws Hussey to drive forward, takes the edge which was loud and clear, Rauf confirms it 129/3
    49.3 yet another Australian gives his wicket away! Flighted on the off stump, Clarke chips down the track but doesn't loft with any conviction at all, Southee's there at long-on and he runs forward and takes it comfortably, Clarke fell for the trap 172/4
    67.1 North is referring this, the ball lands on middle and goes through with the line, North plays all around it and is hit flush on the pad bang in front of middle, looked obvious to us and Asad Rauf, North challenges it but in the end it's a referral used up by Australia 200/8
    65.6 another soft dismissal and New Zealand are taking them all, Haddin shapes to punch it through the off side but checks his shot and ends up tamely tapping it back to the bowler, that fielder at silly mid-off may have played on his mind 199/6
    66.6 New Zealand are chipping away, Vettori bowls it flatter on the off stump, Johnson gets forward and offers a bat-pad catch to McIntosh at silly point who takes it inches off the turf, Aleem Dar sends him on his way immediately 200/7
    not out
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    32
    21
    2
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    57.14
    72.2 Vettori strikes, the Australian collapse continues, the arm ball does the job, Harris is hit on the front foot as he looks to whip it square, in front of middle and leg, Harris is gone 217/9
    74.3 the bails are down and the innings is over, Vettori bowls this one quicker and flatter, the ball clips the pad and clips the stumps as Bollinger gets forward to defend, leaves a big gap between pad and bat 231/10
    Extras
    12 (b 4, lb 6, nb 2)
    TOTAL
    231 all out (74.3 Overs, RR: 3.10, 306 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (SR Watson, 7.4 ov), 2-63 (RT Ponting, 23.3 ov), 3-129 (MEK Hussey, 39.2 ov), 4-172 (MJ Clarke, 49.3 ov), 5-180 (SM Katich, 56.4 ov), 6-199 (BJ Haddin, 65.6 ov), 7-200 (MG Johnson, 66.6 ov), 8-200 (MJ North, 67.1 ov), 9-217 (RJ Harris, 72.2 ov), 10-231 (DE Bollinger, 74.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    CS Martin1234203.5002
    TG Southee1936143.2100
    BJ Arnel1225304.4100
    DL Vettori19.353641.8400
    JS Patel1222912.4100
  • BATSMEN
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    0.6 McIntosh had no idea where his off stump was! Bollinger lands it on a fullish length just outside off and gets it to nip back in, McIntosh shoulders arms but looks back to see his off stump pegged back, Bollinger kisses the Australian crest and not the VB sponsor logo! 4/1
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    139
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    44.66
    32.1 Bollinger has got the breakthrough! Played on! Looks to play his punch shot through the covers, but it is too close to him and sort of hand cuffs him, taking the inside edge onto top of leg stump 114/3
    18.5 this is smart bowling, follows that bouncer with an off-stump yorker, swinging in, and Sinclair is clearly not expecting it as it squeezes under his bat before it comes down. Too good for Sinclair 30/2
    57.6 review, Taylor goes for the boundary with the field up, goes for the pull shot, the ball is too full, Aussies appeal for a bottom edge, Asad Rauf doesn't move. Hot spot shows a faint tickle as the ball passes the bat, and Rauf overturns his decision 236/8
    38.4 what a time to get a wicket, three minutes before lunch! softish dismissal, fends at a back-of-a-length delivery, away from his body, edges it at a comfortable height to second slip 143/4
    42.2 gone, loose shot again, and Australia are right back in! Straight delivery really, not wide enough to be playing the cover drive, ends up playing outside the line and gets an inside edge through to Haddin 167/5
    50.3 another soft dismissal, poor cricket by McCullum, straight delivery, going with the angle, McCullum drives hard, gets an edge, and Ponting takes it easily at second slip 193/6
    56.6 and that's the problem with tailenders when they get confident, they play shots they shouldn't, as Patel goes chasing this wide delivery without moving his feet and Ponting takes a nice catch to his right at second slip 234/7
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    31
    15
    2
    1
    146.66
    62.6 Johnson finally gets his way, it pitches around off, Arnell hangs his bat to this one, and the angle takes the edge, end of an important little partnership 263/9
    63.3 too good for Martin, duck No. 28! Full and straight, Martin stays outside the line, gets an inside edge and is bowled 264/10
    Extras
    5 (nb 4, w 1)
    TOTAL
    264 all out (63.3 Overs, RR: 4.15, 278 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (TG McIntosh, 0.6 ov), 2-30 (MS Sinclair, 18.5 ov), 3-114 (BJ Watling, 32.1 ov), 4-143 (MJ Guptill, 38.4 ov), 5-167 (DL Vettori, 42.2 ov), 6-193 (BB McCullum, 50.3 ov), 7-234 (JS Patel, 56.6 ov), 8-236 (LRPL Taylor, 57.6 ov), 9-263 (BJ Arnel, 62.6 ov), 10-264 (CS Martin, 63.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DE Bollinger1435734.0702
    RJ Harris15.335033.2211
    MG Johnson1625943.6800
    NM Hauritz1316805.2301
    SR Watson513006.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    32.4 Caught! Southee dropped short outside off, Watson pulls hard, gets a top edge that flies straight out to the man posted for the pull shot at deep forward square and Watling camped under it to take the simplest of catches. An error from Watson. He fell into the trap. 85/1
    91.6 Caught behind! Almost a carbon copy of Hussey's. Angled in from around the wicket, good length, just straightens off the seam a fraction, Katich pushes at it from the crease and feathers an edge through to McCullum behind. Two big wickets to Arnel. New Zealand back in the game. 247/4
    34.2 Caught! Good length delivery on leg stump, Ponting clips it in the air straight to the short leg in place and Watling holds onto a very sharp catch! Not often Ponting gets caught at short leg. Good captaincy, great catch. 91/2
    89.3 Caught behind! Angled in from around the wicket, good length, just seaming away, Hussey caught on the crease, pushed at it in hope rather than with intent, got a thin edge and McCullum takes a simle catch. The tea break has broke the wicket New Zealand so desperately needed. 246/3
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    127.6 LBW! Good length, seaming back, Clarke tries to drive gets hit on the pad half forward, big appeal, Aleem Dar gives it out. Clarke refers it upstairs. It looks to have hit him outside the line but Virtual says on-field call stands?! Confusing decision under the DRS 389/5
    136.1 Caught down legside! Vettori around the wicket bowls one well outside leg, North tries to paddle sweep fine, gets it off the face but straight into McCullum's waiting gloves. Good catch, North walks. Unlucky dismissal. It was a classy 90 from North. 443/6
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    141.1 Bowled him! Tossed up well outside off, Haddin gets down on one knee to slog sweep over midwicket, it rips back out of the rough, through the gate, and hits off stump! What a delivery. Nathan Hauritz wouldn't have minded seeing that despite the fact his wicketkeeper is out. 453/8
    136.2 Caught! Johnson out first ball. Tossed up, outside off, Johnson gets down one knee, he slaps it in the air, flat, but straight to Jeetan Patel at long on who takes the catch waist-high. 443/7
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    62
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    66.12
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    39
    26
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    69.23
    Extras
    7 (b 2, lb 1, nb 4)
    TOTAL
    511/8d (153 Overs, RR: 3.33, 596 minutes)
    Did not bat: DE Bollinger
    Fall of wickets: 1-85 (SR Watson, 32.4 ov), 2-91 (RT Ponting, 34.2 ov), 3-246 (MEK Hussey, 89.3 ov), 4-247 (SM Katich, 91.6 ov), 5-389 (MJ Clarke, 127.6 ov), 6-443 (MJ North, 136.1 ov), 7-443 (MG Johnson, 136.2 ov), 8-453 (BJ Haddin, 141.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    CS Martin1416004.2803
    TG Southee2348923.8600
    BJ Arnel2667732.9601
    DL Vettori481014022.9100
    JS Patel39814113.6100
    MS Sinclair32100.3300
  • BATSMEN
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    17.5 Caught behind! Johnson from around the wicket angles in, good length, shaping away a touch, Watling drives, edges, and Haddin takes the simplest of catches. Commentators curse. Watling had been so disciplined. He's furious he played at that. Johnson's great spell continues. 53/2
    13.2 Bowled him! Johnson delivers a good length angling in to middle and off, 150kph, McIntosh caught on the crease, leaves a gap between bat and pad and the ball zips through and cannons into middle and off. Johnson grabs the first in typical fashion. Raw pace, bails flying. 40/1
    38.3 LBW! Well flighted, slower, Sinclair prods forward to defend, it pitches outside off, slides on straight, hits him on the knee roll infront of off stump, big appeal, that's out. Aleem Dar had no hesitation in raising his finger. 119/4
    33.6 Caught behind! Well bowled, good length across the right-hander, Taylor drawn to play, it brushes the outside edge and Haddin gets another simple catch. He does that so often Johnson. New Zealand's best player is out. 107/3
    87.5 Caught! Great catch by Ponting at second slip. Guptill flashed hard at a drive to a good length ball going across him, it fizzed off the edge and flew head height to Ponting's left and he took it with two hands almost behind his left shoulder. that was humming. 273/8
    47.5 LBW! Hauritz delivers very full drifting in to off stump, Vettori sweeps, he gets hit on the pad, his bat is close it flies to slip and is caught. Big appeal, Asad Rauf gives it out lbw! Daniel Vettori refers it hoping he got outside the line. After what seams an eternity, virtual says part of the ball hit in line and it was hitting off stump flush. Very similar to Clarke's lbw this morning. Vettori has to go. 152/5
    80.3 Caught! Back of a length across McCullum, he shuffles back and across and guides it in the air straight to gully and Hussey holds a good sharp chance moving left. The new ball strikes 239/6
    84.1 Caught! Back of a length outside off angling across, Patel rose with the bounce, fended away from his body, edged to third slip and North to a comfortable catch. Australia now only need three. 249/7
    91.1 Caught! Series over. Full outside off, Southee cleared the front leg, swung hard, sliced it high out to deep point where Clarke was waiting to take a comfotable catch. The end of an entertaining cameo from Southee. But Johnson gets 6 for and 10 for the match. 302/10
    89.3 Caught behind! Johnson has five-for. back of a length angling across Arnel who waves at it, feathers a thin nick through to keeper Haddin who claims the simple chance. Nine-down now New Zealand. The end is nigh. 295/9
    not out
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    8
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    83.33
    Extras
    24 (b 12, lb 10, nb 2)
    TOTAL
    302 all out (91.1 Overs, RR: 3.31, 362 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-40 (TG McIntosh, 13.2 ov), 2-53 (BJ Watling, 17.5 ov), 3-107 (LRPL Taylor, 33.6 ov), 4-119 (MS Sinclair, 38.3 ov), 5-152 (DL Vettori, 47.5 ov), 6-239 (BB McCullum, 80.3 ov), 7-249 (JS Patel, 84.1 ov), 8-273 (MJ Guptill, 87.5 ov), 9-295 (BJ Arnel, 89.3 ov), 10-302 (TG Southee, 91.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DE Bollinger1628725.4301
    RJ Harris1433802.7100
    SR Watson621803.0000
    MG Johnson20.167363.6100
    MJ Clarke1642711.6800
    NM Hauritz1753712.1701
    MJ North22000.0000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 27 Mar - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 19/1 (BJ Watling 6*, MS Sinclair 8*, 13 ov)
  • Sun, 28 Mar - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 35/0 (SR Watson 28*, SM Katich 6*, 14 ov)
  • Mon, 29 Mar - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 333/4 (MJ Clarke 42*, MJ North 42*, 114 ov)
  • Tue, 30 Mar - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 185/5 (MJ Guptill 29*, BB McCullum 19*, 62 ov)
  • Wed, 31 Mar - day 5 - New Zealand 2nd innings 302 (91.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes