result
8th Match (D/N), Perth, Jan 28 2007, Commonwealth Bank Series
(50 ov, target 344)335/5
Australia won by 8 runs
player of the match
Ricky Ponting
Australia
13y
• Peter English

Australia survive brilliant Oram attack

Jacob Oram gave Australia some serious jitters but they successfully defended their huge 5 for 343 that was set up by punishing Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting centuries

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Scorecard summary
Australia343/5(50 overs)
Matthew Hayden117 (111)
Ricky Ponting111 (122)
New Zealand335/5(50 overs)
end of over 5016 runs
NZ: 335/5CRR: 6.70 
Brendon McCullum46 (39)
Jacob Oram101 (72)
Nathan Bracken10-1-75-0
Glenn McGrath10-0-72-1

John Buchanan had mentioned that Australia wanted a fight and they certainly got one today. Jacob Oram stretched them to the limit and New Zealand finished on 335 for 5. Who'd have thought they would have got so close when the chase started. Oram's hundred off 71 balls is the fastest by a New Zealand player.

Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting set up the victory with twin centuries and Hussey provided an adrenalin-filled finish to spur Australia on to 343 for 5. It almost wasn't enough as Oram and McCullum took New Zealand closer but Glenn McGrath bowled a string of superb yorkers to stem the run flow.

Ricky Ponting is the Player of the Match for his 111 off 122 balls. He added 200 runs for the second wicket with Hayden.

That's it from us at Cricinfo, we'll be back on Tuesday to bring you the action from Perth when England take on New Zealand. I'll been a pleasure bringing this exciting game to you, have a good evening. Cheers!

49.6
4
Bracken to McCullum, FOUR runs

McCullum swings a full toss over midwicket and gets four off the last ball, New Zealand fall short by nine runs

49.5
1
Bracken to Oram, 1 run

low full toss, Oram swings it to Symonds at long-off for a single, Australia have this in the bag

49.4
2
Bracken to Oram, 2 runs

that's Oram's hundred! An outstanding inninsg and he gets there by lofting it to Hayden at deep cover, take a bow Jacob Oram, he deserves all the applause he's getting

49.3
2
Bracken to Oram, 2 runs

driven firmly down the ground to Clarke at long-on, they take on his arm and attempt the second, Oram just makes his ground as the throw comes in to the striker's end, the third umpire says not out, he's on 98.

49.2
6
Bracken to Oram, SIX runs

SIX! full toss, Oram slices it off the bat and gets enough meat on it to send it over symonds at long-off! Oram moves on to 96!

49.1
1
Bracken to McCullum, 1 run

full and angling into leg stump, McCullum drives to long-off for one

25 needed in the last over. Bracken to bowl and McCullum will be on strike.

end of over 4910 runs
NZ: 319/5CRR: 6.51 • RRR: 25.00 • Need 25 from 6b
Brendon McCullum41 (37)
Jacob Oram90 (68)
Glenn McGrath10-0-72-1
Nathan Bracken9-1-59-0
48.6
1
McGrath to McCullum, 1 run

low full toss on off and middle to end the over, McCullum forces it to cover and retains strike

48.5
1
McGrath to Oram, 1 run

another one nearly in the blockhole, Oram drives it to long-on for one more

48.4
1
McGrath to McCullum, 1 run

the next one is in the blockhole again, McCullum digs it out on the leg side for one more

48.3
6
McGrath to McCullum, SIX runs

this time it's full and McCullum gets underneath it and slams it over extra cover, a touch too full from Mcgrath and McCullum cashed in

48.2
1
McGrath to Oram, 1 run

another one in the blockhole, Oram chips it to long-off for one, superb bowling, you won't see a better display of slog-over bowling

48.1
McGrath to Oram, no run

outstanding yorker, McGrath is as cool as they come, Oram defends it back to the bowler

New Zealand need 35 off two overs. It's improbable but anything can happen. McGrath to bowl to Oram.

end of over 487 runs
NZ: 309/5CRR: 6.43 • RRR: 17.50 • Need 35 from 12b
Jacob Oram88 (65)
Brendon McCullum33 (34)
Nathan Bracken9-1-59-0
Brett Lee10-0-53-0
47.6
1
Bracken to Oram, 1 run

another low full toss, Oram swings it away with one hand down to Clarke at long-on, just seven off that over, a good one from Bracken

47.5
1
Bracken to McCullum, 1 run

full toss outside off stump, McCullum drives to Clarke at long-off

47.4
1
Bracken to Oram, 1 run

driven hard down the ground to long-on, Clarke runs to his right and fields superbly

47.3
2
Bracken to Oram, 2 runs

full toss on off stump, Oram slices it in the air to long off where Symonds sprints in and dives forward trying to reach the catch, the ball bounces just short of him

47.2
1
Bracken to McCullum, 1 run

Bracken fires it in the blockhole, McCullum drives it back tom Bracken who fumbles to allow the single&

47.1
1
Bracken to Oram, 1 run

low full toss on leg stump, Oram lofts it to long on for a single

Nathan Bracken replaces McGrath. New Zealand need 42 off 18 balls.

end of over 4712 runs
NZ: 302/5CRR: 6.42 • RRR: 14.00 • Need 42 from 18b
Jacob Oram83 (61)
Brendon McCullum31 (32)
Brett Lee10-0-53-0
Glenn McGrath9-0-62-1
46.6
1
Lee to Oram, 1 run

short of a length ball on off stump, Oram backs away and cuts to deep point, 12 from the over

46.5
6
Lee to Oram, SIX runs

massive blow! Oram gets under a full one and he powers it over the long-on fence, huge it, that was several rows back

Best performances - batsmen
Matthew Hayden sits waiting for his turn in the nets
ML Hayden
117 runs (111)
15 fours
0 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
25 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
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Ricky Ponting player pic
RT Ponting
111 runs (122)
8 fours
1 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
33 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Michael Clark player pic
MJ Clarke
O
9
M
0
R
48
W
2
ECO
5.33
Daniel Vettori portrait
DL Vettori
O
10
M
0
R
34
W
1
ECO
3.4
Match details
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesCommonwealth Bank Series
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting
Match numberODI No. 2488
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00 Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days28 January 2007 - daynight match (50-over match)
Umpires
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Asad Rauf
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
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Andrew Craig
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsAustralia 4, New Zealand 0