Australia have slid to their fifth consecutive defeat, that too at home. 226 was a competitive target on a slow pitch but New Zealand paced their innings brilliantly. They started patiently and McCullum was involved in two 40-plus partnerships with Fulton and Taylor to ensure his team didn;t lose early wickets. Taylor then added 72 with Elliot, but despite his dismissal, New Zealand were always in the hunt. Broom gave good support to Elliot, who made an unbeaten 61, and helped see his team through to a victory and a 2-0 lead.
Michael Clarke is the Man of the Match for his 98.
Clarke: "We fell a few runs short. The wicket was a little slow, and the spinners bowled pretty well, and I think I could have scored a little bit quicker. Our bowlers did a pretty good job, but we couldn't tighten them up in the middle overs. We need to close these games off, and be a little more positive and go for wickets than just try to contain them."
Vettori gets a huge cheer. "We've bowled exceptionally, especially Kyle Mills. Ross Taylor and Elliot batted superbly, so did Neil Broom and the fact that the youngsters are doing well shapes up really well for New Zealand cricket."
I know its Broom and not Warner. Sorry for the typo there, and thanks for pointing it out. Anyway, its been an exciting match and hopefully the next one in Sydney, on February 8, will be just as good. Australia have to win that to stay in the series. Until then, it's goodbye from all of us here at Cricinfo. Adios!
Just one hit needed from here
6 needed off two overs
New Zealand have way too many wickets in hand to finish this off. This pair has put on 35 in 33
23 needed off 24 now. Hilfenhaus into the attack