New Zealand Take Consolation Win In Wellington
New Zealand 241-9 (Styris 55, Johnson 2-42) beat
Australia 190 (Watson 53, Bond 4-26) by 51 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Wellington
Shane Bond and Tim Southee shared eight wickets as New Zealand clinched a 51-run win over Australia in the fifth and final One-Day International in Wellington.
Despite having already lost the series, the Black Caps pulled the scoreline back to 3-2 by bowling Australia out for 190 after they had posted 241 for nine from their 50 overs.
Bond, with four for 26, and Southee, with four for 36, helped reduce Australia to 96 for five after Shane Watson's 53 had seen them make a strong start and Southee also ended a 50-run partnership between Michael Hussey (46) and James Hopes (40) for the seventh wicket as Australia fought hard to make a game of things.
Spinners Daniel Vettori, who dismissed Hopes, and Nathan McCullum, who had Watson caught by Ross Taylor, also picked up a wicket before Bond and Southee cleaned up the tail to seal the win with three overs and five balls of Australia's innings unused.
Earlier, Scott Styris's 55 helped New Zealand recover from 32 for three and 85 for four and post a winning score. Brendon McCullum (1), Martin Guptill (7) and Shanan Stewart (6) all fell cheaply but Taylor's 30 and Styris's 66-ball innings put them back on course.
Useful contributions from the middle and lower order, including 36 from Daryl Tuffey, ensured that New Zealand passed 200 and set Australia a challenging total.
Pacers Clint McKay and Mitchell Johnson both returned two wickets.
The two-match Test series between the two sides gets underway in Wellington on 19th March.
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