Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Hodge leaves the ground to massive cheers. He had scores of 0 and 1 in the series before this and has put his hand up with an outstanding hundred at his home ground.

Vincent and Fulton set up the game nicely by powering New Zealand to 290. During the chase the asking-rate crept up to seven an over by the half-way stage but not once did Ponting or Hodge panic. Ponting led from the front with an super-cool century and Hodge overcame a nervy start to see Australia through to the target.

This defeat means that New Zealand and England are on equal points heading into the final group match at Brisbane on Tuesday. That match is a virtual semi-final and make sure you tune in for it. I've enjoyed bringing this game to you, thanks for all your emails. Cheers!

48.2
2
Gillespie to Hodge, 2 runs, that's the victory! Hodge drives through point and shouts 'wait', once he sees the ball beat the infield he sets off for the double, he finishes on 99, pity he didn't get his hundred but I doubt he'll care too much, it's been a fantastic innings from him

Australia need two, Hodge needs three.

48.1
1
Gillespie to White, 1 run, White pulls it down to fine leg for the single, Hodge has his chance

White could possibly take a single off the first ball and then Hodge could hit a boundary to get his hundred, what a fairytale that would be!

END OF OVER:
48 | 16 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 288/5 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 1.50)

  • Brad Hodge97 (85b)
  • Cameron White0 (0b)
  • Jacob Oram5-0-44-0
  • Mark Gillespie8-0-42-1
47.6
2
Oram to Hodge, 2 runs, Hodge drives and beats the fielder at cover, he runs two to the man in the deep, he's on 97 but will not be on strike, Australia need just three more
47.5
2
Oram to Hodge, 2 runs, Hodge steers it down to third man for two more, he is on 95 and Australia need just five more
47.5
5nb
Oram to Hodge, (no ball) FOUR runs, full toss outside off stump and a no-ball to boot, terrible stuff from Oram, Hodge drives through covers and find sthe gap, four more

Cameron White is the new batsman but Hodge will be on strike. Australia need 12 off 14 balls.

47.4
W
Oram to Hussey, 1 run, OUT, Hussey is run-out, Hussey drove that into the deep cover region, he called for the second and took off from the non-striker's end, Hodge sent him back, the throw was flat and powerful from Vincent in the deep and Oram broke the stumps with Hussey just short

MEK Hussey run out (Vincent/Oram) 8 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 160.00

47.3
4
Oram to Hussey, FOUR runs, full toss on off stump, Hussey lofts it over cover and places it to perfection, he splits the gap in the deep
47.2
1
Oram to Hodge, 1 run, fullish length outside off stump, Hodge powers it down the gorund to long off for a single
47.1
1
Oram to Hussey, 1 run, chipped down to long-on for a single, that got to the fielder on one bounce

Australia need 19 off 18 balls. They have plenty of wickets in hand. Oram has the ball once again. Hodge is on 88 but Hussey is on strike. Oram comes round the wicket to the left-hander.

END OF OVER:
47 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 272/4 (19 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.78, RRR: 6.33)

  • Michael Hussey2 (2b)
  • Brad Hodge88 (81b)
  • Mark Gillespie8-0-42-1
  • Shane Bond9-0-64-0
46.6
1
Gillespie to Hussey, 1 run, full ball drifting on to the pads once again, Hussey flicks behind square for another single
46.5
1
Gillespie to Hodge, 1 run, full and nearly in the blockhole, Hodge clips it off his pads for a single to deep square leg
46.4
1
Gillespie to Hussey, 1 run, Gillespie fires it into the blockhole, Hussey pushes to long-on for a single

Hussey prepares to face his first ball.

46.3
1
Gillespie to Hodge, 1 run, Hodge walks out of his crease and thumps it through cover, just the single this time
46.2
2
Gillespie to Hodge, 2 runs, full outside off stump, Hodge drives through covers and calls for two, he gets them as well, he moves on to 86

Hussey walks out to replace Ponting, 25 needed off 23 and New Zealand have a chance to fight back.

Big big wicket for New Zealand. Is there another twist at this late stage?

46.1
W
Gillespie to Ponting, OUT, caught in the deep! Ponting slams it down the ground to long-off, he hit that right out of the screws, Vincent sprinted in from the fence, dived forward and took an excellent low catch

RT Ponting c Vincent b Gillespie 104 (171m 113b 6x4 1x6) SR: 92.03

Australia need 25 to win, Hodge needs 16 for his maiden ODI hundred.

END OF OVER:
46 | 11 Runs | AUS: 266/3 (25 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.78, RRR: 6.25)

  • Ricky Ponting104 (112b)
  • Brad Hodge84 (78b)
  • Shane Bond9-0-64-0
  • Mark Gillespie7-0-36-0

Mirza is awestruck. "Australia isn't just a mere cricket team, it is an ever-evolving, totipotent genetically-engineered cyborg, slowly devouring all who dare to stand up to it, in an orgy of willow-encrusted destruction."

45.6
1
Bond to Ponting, 1 run, played with soft hands down to long-off for a single
45.5
0
Bond to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot to point, what's that? A dot ball?
45.4
1
Bond to Hodge, 1 run, pushed to midwicket for one more run

Can Hodge get his 100?

45.3
1
Bond to Ponting, 1 run, pushed to cover on the front foot for yet another single
45.2
1
Bond to Hodge, 1 run, driven to, long-on for one more
45.2
3nb
Bond to Hodge, (no ball) 2 runs, Hodge backs away to make room and cuts fine to third man, that was a no-ball because it was a full toss above waist
45.1
4
Bond to Hodge, FOUR runs, full ball angling into middle and leg, Hodge slogs it through midwicket and places it superbly, Franklin dives desperately on the fence but can't save it, Fleming is stony-faced

The run-rate required is over seven, just 36 more needed off 30 balls.

END OF OVER:
45 | 4 Runs | AUS: 255/3 (36 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.66, RRR: 7.20)

  • Brad Hodge76 (74b)
  • Ricky Ponting102 (109b)
  • Mark Gillespie7-0-36-0
  • Jacob Oram4-0-28-0
44.6
1
Gillespie to Hodge, 1 run, full outside off stump, driven into the covers for one more
44.5
1
Gillespie to Ponting, 1 run, full ball nearly in the blockhole, pushed to long-on for a single
44.4
1
Gillespie to Hodge, 1 run, full toss on off stump, Hodge drives it straight to cover and runs the single, he'd have been out if the throw had hit the stumps at the bowler's end

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st56ML HaydenAC Gilchrist
2nd9ML HaydenRT Ponting
3rd47RT PontingMJ Clarke
4th154RT PontingBJ Hodge
5th13BJ HodgeMEK Hussey
6th12BJ HodgeCL White

Australian Tri Series (CB Series)

TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS871310.667
ENG83513-0.608
NZ8269-0.007