At Melbourne, December 11 (day/night). Australia won by 39 runs. Toss: New Zealand. Spurred on by their captain's 81 from 116 balls, New Zealand made a worthy attempt to match the highest total of the current World Series Cup. It was Crowe's 100th one-day international, and also Steve Waugh's, while at the other end of the spectrum Young, replacing the injured Smith, marked his first match at this level with an unbeaten 26. Marsh and Jones set out Australia's stall with 86 in 105 balls, and then O'Donnell and Border ruthlessly exposed New Zealand's limited attack by pounding 50 runs (in a fourth-wicket stand of 80) from 22 balls. The final stages seemed pedestrian in contrast as Australia added 61 off the last eleven overs. O'Donnell raced to 66 from 43 balls, having faced 25 for his first 17 runs, while Border's 40 came off 42 balls.
Man of the Match: S. P. O'Donnell.
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