Player of the Match
Player of the Match
330dThe Bulletin by Sriram Veera

All-round Australia seal easy win

Australia's fast men had New Zealand gasping for breath at 73 for 6 but Nathan McCullum and Daniel Vettori dug in to push them to 206

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
SR Watson
62(61) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 15 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
2 4 10 0 15 1 7 23
BJ Haddin
BJ Haddin
55(50) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 6 6 4 17 5 4 12

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
MG Johnson
O9.1
M3
R33
W4
Eco3.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SW Tait
O7
M0
R35
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: S Raju | Commentator: Nitin Sundar

END OF OVER:
34 | 5 Runs | AUS: 207/3 | RR: 6.08

  • Cameron White22 (28b)
  • Michael Clarke24 (37b)
  • James Franklin2-0-11-0
  • Hamish Bennett7-0-63-2

On behalf of George Binoy and the rest of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Right, Australia have walked away with the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Or so they say. I don't see any Cup being handed out. Anyway, that's the end of game 8. Sriram Veera's bulletin is getting updated here, so do check out how this game panned out. Game 9 continues to intrigue in Mirpur, so please head across and catch up with our commentary.

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Johnson, based on his fine figures, is Man of the Match. "Happy with the way it came out. Important game for us - to go out there and perform, it was great. I have bowled first change for a while, I guess that's my role. If I get a chance to open the bowling, I'll put my hand up, but we have a fine attack with Lee and Tait at the top. I still remain aggressive and go for wickets, I am enjoying this role. Will like to bat lower down and smack a few as well."

Ponting: "Good game for us today. NZ are a very good one-day side, good win for us. We said right at the start of the tournament, if our fast bowlers bowl as well as they can, it can't matter who we play. They could have actually been better with the new ball. The fact that they took wickets early meant I did not have to fall back on Watson through the day. The top order played in a different manner to how they played against Zimbabwe. It was good to see."

Vettori: "Disappointing performance with the bat. Lost three or four wickets early and we were setback. Good that Nathan McCullum played the innings he did, but it was not enough. We have to move past this quickly and play well against Zimbabwe in 7-8 days. There is always areas to improve - fielding was outstanding, but bowlers need to back it up."

All over in Nagpur, the smattering of a crowd's seen a mismatch. New Zealand possibly, and understandably, might have had other things in their minds today. Australia have walked to victory.

Watson: "Good decision early on to bowl first, worked very nicely for us. Haddin and me wanted to just bat as deep as we could. Brad batted beautifully today, so my job was easier. Our next game is not for a week, so we'll take it easy for a couple of days."

33.6
1
Franklin to White, 1 run, Australia get the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy even before New Zealand could get the second new ball. Length ball, wafting past him outside off, White reaches out and steers with control through backward point to get the winning runs.
33.5
4
Franklin to White, FOUR runs, scores are level. Can New Zealand force a tie? I think not. Back of a length and angling across White who part-edges, part-steers it to third man
33.4
0
Franklin to White, no run, back of a length outside off, White reaches out, opens the face and dabs it straight to short third man
33.3
0
Franklin to White, no run, a foot and a half wide outside off, White goes for the full-blooded scythe cut .. and finds point
33.2
0
Franklin to White, no run, fuller outside off, While pushes forward defensively
33.1
0
Franklin to White, no run, back of a length outside off, defends into the offside as White struggles to force it away

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
133BJ HaddinSR Watson
3RT PontingSR Watson
31RT PontingMJ Clarke
40MJ ClarkeCL White