result
1st ODI (D/N), Perth, Feb 1 2009, New Zealand tour of Australia
(50 ov)182/8
New Zealand won by 2 wickets
player of the match
Kyle Mills
New Zealand
12y
• The Bulletin by Peter English

Cool Taylor steers New Zealand to tight victory

New Zealand had to wait until the last delivery to hand Australia their fourth loss in a row

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Scorecard summary
Australia181/10(48.4 overs)
Kyle Mills4/35(9.4)
Iain O'Brien2/43(10)
New Zealand182/8(50 overs)
Ross Taylor64 (97)
Neil Broom29 (50)
Shaun Tait2/40(10)
end of over 505 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 182/8CRR: 3.64 
Daniel Vettori7 (9)
Jeetan Patel2 (2)
Nathan Bracken 10-3-35-3
Shaun Tait 10-1-40-2

9.50 pm: What a superb low-scoring thriller at the WACA. New Zealand pip Australia by two wickets off the last ball. They'll be mighty thrilled with the effort but it should have never got this close.

Kyle Mills is the Player of the Match for taking four wickets and then scoring 26 runs just when the chase got really tense. The next game is on Friday at the MCG, do join us for that. Thank you for your emails, on behalf of today's commentary team (Jamie, Sid R, and Kanishkaa) this is George Binoy signing off. Good night!

49.6
1
Bracken to Vettori, 1 run

he's done it! Vettori's hit the winning run! Bracken bowls a full ball outside off stump, he was looking for the yorker no doubt.Vettori loves width outside off, he loves the cut, and he places the ball through backward point and yells in triumph

The field comes in, Patel gets rid of his helmet, and his gloves. He wants to feel as light as possible.

49.5
1
Bracken to Patel, 1 run

just opens the face of the bat and steers it to short third man, New Zealand can't lose now, the scores are level

There's never been a tie between these two sides in ODIs

49.4
1
Bracken to Vettori, 1 run

fires in the yorker and he gets underneath a low full toss and works it away to deep square leg

49.3
1
Bracken to Patel, 1 run

gets forward and steers it down to backward point and the batsmen are struggling, the fielder has a shy at the bowler';s stumps and Patel is nowhere in the scene

Jeetan Patel walks in.

49.2
W
Bracken to Southee, OUT

timber! Bracken bowls that deadly off cutter and Southee fails to pick the slower ball, he exposes his leg stump and tries to heave it away over square leg as the ball thuds on to his middle stump

Tim Southee b Bracken 3 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

4 to get off 5, Southee on strike, the keeper is standing behind

49.1
1
Bracken to Vettori, 1 run

fires that on the blockhole and he pushes it firmly through the line to long-on

5 to get off 6 balls, tension!

end of over 494 runs
NZ: 177/7CRR: 3.61 RRR: 5.00
Daniel Vettori4 (6)
Tim Southee3 (5)
Shaun Tait 10-1-40-2
Nathan Bracken 9-3-30-2
48.6
1
Tait to Vettori, 1 run

backs away and Tait bangs it in short, he adjusts his stroke and slices it down to third man

48.5
2
Tait to Vettori, 2 runs

fires in the yorker outside off and he gets forward and digs it out wide of point

48.4
Tait to Vettori, no run

he bangs in the bouncer from round the wicket and Vettoru ducks under it hoping it will be called a no ball, Bucknor at square leg signals one for the over

48.3
Tait to Vettori, no run

comes round the wicket, Vettori backs away too far and he fails to make any contact

48.2
1
Tait to Southee, 1 run

he makes room and exposes all three stumps, he gets an inside edge past the stumps and Haddin does really well to save it, they steal a run

48.1
Tait to Southee, no run

bangs it in short, he tries to hook but misses

end of over 483 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 173/7CRR: 3.60 RRR: 4.50
Tim Southee2 (3)
Daniel Vettori1 (2)
Nathan Bracken 9-3-30-2
Shaun Tait 9-1-36-2
47.6
1b
Bracken to Southee, 1 bye

beaten outside the off stump, they steal a bye

47.5
2
Bracken to Southee, 2 runs
47.4
Bracken to Southee, no run

this is getting more dramatic! Southee taps a yorker length ball towards short mid-off and sends his partner back, the fielder under arms the ball at the stumps and misses, the fielder backing up misfields and the batsmen contemplate an over throw, Vettori is sent back again and Bracken hits the stumps, replays indicated that it was very close

Here's Tim Southee

47.3
W
Bracken to Taylor, OUT

a fabulous catch by Clarke and we have a twist in the tale here, Bracken pitches it up outside off, he walks across his stumps, reaches forward and slices it on the up to backward point, Clarke flings himself to his left and cups it with both hands

Ross Taylor c Clarke b Bracken 64 (175m 97b 6x4 1x6) SR: 65.97
47.2
Bracken to Taylor, no run

excellent bowling by Bracken, he bowls the slower one on a yorker length and Taylor can only push it back to the bowler

47.1
Bracken to Taylor, no run

it;s a full toss outside off and he fails to put it away, the outside edge is well taken by Haddin

12 to get off 18. The Powerplays are over

end of over 473 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 170/6CRR: 3.61 RRR: 4.00
Ross Taylor64 (94)
Daniel Vettori1 (2)
Shaun Tait 9-1-36-2
Mitchell Johnson 10-2-34-1
46.6
1lb
Tait to Taylor, 1 leg bye

he takes his eyes off a bouncer and the ball clips his body and rolls to the off side

46.5
1
Tait to Vettori, 1 run

Vettori steers it wide of Clarke at backward point and sets off for a sharp single, the throw is just wide and all of a sudden, a male spectator in shorts runs onto the field carrying a beach ball! An army of security personnel chase him and try to trip him, hilarious stuff at the WACA

Best performances - batters
Ross Taylor portrait
LRPL Taylor NZ
64 runs (97)
6 fours
1 six
Control85%
Productive shot
leg glance
22 runs
2 fours
1 six
49112133913
Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey AUS
49 runs (65)
1 four
1 six
Control94%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
1 four
0 six
038810389
Best performances - bowlers
Kyle Mills portrait
KD Mills NZ
O
9.4
M
0
R
35
W
4
ECO
3.62
Nathan Bracken, player portrait
NW Bracken AUS
O
10
M
3
R
35
W
3
ECO
3.5
Match details
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of Australia
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Kyle Mills
Kyle Mills
Series resultNew Zealand led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2811
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 days01 February 2009 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
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Steve Bucknor
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Paul Reiffel
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama