Taylor Guides New Zealand To 244 In Adelaide

New Zealand 244-8 (Taylor 76, Johnson 3-51) v

4th One Day International; NZ lead series 2-1

Ross Taylor scored 76 in 71 balls as New Zealand made steady progress to score 244 for eight in the fourth One Day International against Australia in Adelaide.

Taylor was the only man to reach a half-century as New Zealand lost wickets regularly having chosen to bat with Mitchell Johnson picking up three for 51.

Johnson made the first breakthrough to dismiss Martin Guptill for 45, ending a stand of 69 for the first wicket with Brendon McCullum (33).

Johnson later had Grant Elliot (26) caught by David Hussey and Taylor caught behind in the 48th over.

He hit six fours and two sixes and the only other contribution came from Kyle Mills, who made a useful 23 in 27 balls down the order with a four and a six.

Craig Cumming registered a six-ball duck on his return to the side after replacing Jeetan Patel while Peter Fulton managed just five and Neil Broom 11.

James Hopes bowled impressively once again, taking two for 37 and there was a wicket apiece for Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus and Michael Clarke.

New Zealand lead the series 2-1.

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