Australia retain Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

With the target revised to 200 off 34 overs (Duckworth Lewis method) due to rain, Australia scored 202 for four in 31.1 overs in reply to New Zealand's 238 in 44.1 overs with Cameron White unbeaten on 50 from 57 balls and Michael Hussey’s unbeaten 28 from 17.

After their chase was delayed by mid-match rain, Shane Bond set the innings in motion by getting rid of  Haddin caught at second slip by Scott Styris for a duck. But the breakthrough only led to skipper Ricky Ponting cut loose as he quickly got into action, pulling and driving with potent effect. Ponting raced on to his half-century off 34 balls with eight fours and a six. Cameron White and Hussey then worked their way out of any possible hiccups to take away any hope New Zealand had of an upset.

Earlier, Australia's bowling was put to the test during an initial assault but came back strongly as New Zealand, asked to bat, failed to bat their 50 overs.

The slower bowlers had most effect with James Hopes taking two for 38 from ten overs while Nathan Hauritz ended with three for 46 from eight overs.

Mitchell Johnson again backed their efforts to end with two for 40 from 8.1 overs. Brendon McCullum (61) was the sole major contributor to the New Zealand innings.


McCullum c White b Hauritz    61
Guptill c Ponting b Watson    30
Taylor c Hussey b Hopes    15
Stewart c Watson b Hauritz    4
Styris  c&b Hopes    8
Vettori lbw Johnson    12
Hopkins c Haddin b Watson    20
Franklin b Hauritz    10
Tuffey c&b Harris    34
Bond c Hauritz b Johnson    19
Southee (not out)    1

Extras (LB-9, W-13, NB-2)    24     
Total (all out; 44.1 overs)    238

Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-120, 3-128, 4-130, 5-152, 6-154, 7-177, 8-213, 9-236.
Bowling: Harris 7-1-37-1, Bollinger 5-0-34-0, Johnson 8.1-0-40-2, Watson 6-1-34-2, Hopes 10-0-38-2, Hauritz 8-0-46-3.

AUSTRALIA (Revised target: 200 from 34 overs)
Watson lbw Vettori    32
Haddin c Styris b Bond    0
Ponting lbw Vettori    50
White (not out)    50
Voges c Vettori b Franklin    34
Hussey (not out)    28

Extras (LB-6, W-2)    8     
Total (for 4 wickets, 31.1 overs)    202
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-84, 3-85, 4-150.

Bowling: Bond 6-0-28-1, Southee 5.1-0-55-0, Tuffey 5-0-38-0, Vettori 7-1-29-2, Styris 5-0-20-0, Franklin 3-0-26-1.

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