Haddin Century Powers Australia To Victory

Haddin Century Powers Australia To Victory
Haddin Century Powers Australia To Victory
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Australia 248-4 (Haddin 110, Ponting 69) beat
New Zealand 245 (Taylor 62, Johnson 3-41) by six wickets
Third One-Day International, Hamilton

Brad Haddin's century put Australia on course for a six-wicket win in the third One-Day International against New Zealand in Hamilton, putting them 2-1 up in the series with two matches still to play.

Haddin hit 110 and Ricky Ponting 69 as they overhauled New Zealand's score of 245 with two overs and four balls to spare.

Batting first, New Zealand struggled as Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson continued their good form with three wickets apiece and only Ross Taylor, who hit 62, made a half-century.

Gareth Hopkins (45) and Scott Styris (41) combined late on to at least set New Zealand a testing target.

Shane Watson (15) fell early but a 151-run partnership for the second wicket between Haddin and Ponting gave Australia the upper hand.

Haddin hit seven fours and five sixes on the way to his second ODI century and career-best score, facing 121 balls in all while Ponting hit nine fours in 71 balls.

Daniel Vettori had Haddin stumped by Hopkins and Michael Mason had Ponting caught by Taylor but despite Mike Hussey (9) being dismissed in the 42nd over, Cameron White, unbeaten on 25, and Adam Voges, on 13, carried Australia home with time to spare.

The fourth match is in Auckland on Thursday, 11th March.

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