Aaron Finch, take a bow. Bracewell has missed his yorker length by a foot at max, and Finch gets under it, lofting it over long-on. Just clears his front leg and sends it sailing over Michael Mason. How cool he has been through this high-pressure chase. Never panicked. He is not going mad celebrating even now
That's all we have here. I will leave you with Nick's words: "Story of NZ. Watch any game between them and aus and they always give you that today they finally gonna beat aus but in the end they just kill it. 2003 wc where Bond was all over them and we thought we finally gonna win the wc but NZ will never change. It's frustrating to be nz fan" Cheers
David Hussey: "We left it a little late. Full credit to Aaron Finch. I thought Jamie How played very well, but Aaron Finch perhaps topped him. Still yorkers not executed well, but we were a better team than the other day. Points on the board, that's big."
Jamie How is not happy: "We lost it in the field, a couple of dropped chances, a couple of misfields. You can't do that with a quality side. Patch performance. better than the last game, but we are here to win games..."
Aaron Finch is the Man of the Match. He says, "We knew we needed a good start. Fortunately we got a few early. We nearly left it a little too late. But we got over the line. If you don't get there, you think twice about that [the run-out of Wade], so it did affect me."
Jamie How hasn't still recovered. Still on his haunches. Then the handshakes. Then the huddle. Another tight contest between a Kiwi and an Aussie team. Third in these two weeks. They invariably manage this. CIA, meanwhile, has an interesting observation: "Congrats to the Vics and Aaron Finch. What an innings. I was also wondering if you noted, as I did, that the batsmen, McDonald particularly, actually thought they had one more run to score. I saw McDonald gesturing questioningly to the umpires as the announcer dude shouted out about the win" Hmm...
it's been two-a-ball for a long time now
good comeback from Bracewell, nice nice yorker, just a single to long-on. He is getting swing too
fuller, dragged to deep midwicket, just a single
Bracewell has bowled a length ball, Finch has swung too early, and the edge has bisected the keeper and short third
What a finish we have set up here. You can be heroes...
have CD dropped the match?, this was a full delivery, flicked towards fine leg. BMK Patton took the risk, charging in for it, not contend with keeping them down to one, and just couldn't make it despite the dive. Got fingers under it, but couldn't hold on. Ends up giving two
slower ball, pulled between long-on and deep midwicket, easy two
smartly bowled, sees McDonald charging at him, and bowls a nice sharp bouncer. Valuable dot ball
punched square, gets a single to sweeper-cover
almost a collision between the batsmen as they are coming back for the second, after the pull shot finds the gap between long-on and deep midwicket
and Finch has coolly, nonchalantly lofted this into the grass bank behind extra cover. Beautiful shot too
Last two overs have got them 12 and 11, with the asking rate at 12. We are going to have a close one here. This over could decide the game, though. Mason to finish off. Finch is looking cool. He is chewing gum there
full and slow, driven to sweeper-cover for one
and again he misses the yorker and bowls the juicy full toss down the leg side, Finch clears short fine easily
another yorker, only a single to long-on
slower-ball yorker, McD can't make contact, and there is no bye despite Weston's fumble
perfect yorker, dives to his right too, but can't prevent the single
keeper comes up
poor, poor start after a good three-over spell, starts with a gentle full toss on the pads, with the fine leg up, easy four runs there
Rance comes back now
another big hit, just when it seems it is going out of Victoria's reach. This time from McDonald who shimmies down the track and lofts a shortish delivery straight down the ground - high, very high, and just short of the sight screen
another slower ball, well bowled again, good deception, dragged to deep midwicket for one
lovely bowling there, sees Finch back away, and bowls a wide yorker
those are lucky but valuable runs for Victoria. mason bowls short, Finch swings, gets a top edge that goes lobbing over short fine