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Oz beaten again, this time by Kiwis

cricket Updated: Feb 01, 2009 23:58 IST

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Australia’s misery continued with New Zealand pipping them by two wickets to clinch a low-scoring thriller and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI cricket series.

Chasing a victory target of 182, New Zealand huffed and puffed before Ross Taylor (64) propped them up.

Needing five runs off the last over, the Kiwis levelled the score in the fifth ball before captain Daniel Vettori hit a boundary off the last delivery from Nathan Bracken for a memorable win.

Earlier, after Australia captain Ricky Ponting had decided to bat first, Kiwi spearhead Kyle Mills (4/35) and his bowling colleagues skittled out the hosts for 181 in 48.4 overs.

The score could have been even more embarrassing for the hosts but for some useful contributions from Michael Hussey (49) and Brad Haddin (31). Like Australia, New Zealand too suffered a top order collapse before Taylor steadied the ship with a 97-ball 64 that included six fours besides a six. The Kiwis fumbled early in their chase as Shaun Tait trapped a scoreless Brendon McCullum with the second ball of the innings.

Scoreboard

Australia: (M Hussey c Elliott b O’Brien 49, B Haddin b Mills 31, M Johnson b Mills 20); Total (all out in 48.4 overs) 181; Bowling: Kyle Mills 9.4-0-35-4, T Southee 10-0-34-1, Iain O’Brien 10-1-43-2, Daniel Vettori 10-0-22-0, J Patel 9-0-47-1

New Zealand: (L Taylor c Clarke b Bracken 64, N Broom b Clarke 29, K Mills b Tait 26); Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 182;Bowling: Shaun Tait 10-1-40-2, Nathen Bracken 10-3-38-3, Mitchell Johnson 10-2-34-1, James Hopes 10-1-23-1, Michael Clarke 6-0-18-1, David Hussey 4-0-20-0.

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