McCullum signs off from ODIs with Chappell-Hadlee trophy win
New Zealand 246 (Guptill 59) beat
Australia 191 (Khawaja 44) by 55 runs
Third One-Day International in Hamilton
Brendon McCullum had the perfect farewell from the One-Day International format as the New Zealand bowlers bundled Australia out for 191 in a chase of 247 runs in the third game in Hamilton to complete a 2-1 series victory and thereby retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first in front of a packed stadium. McCullum (47) got going in his final ODI with three boundaries in the second over.
Along with Martin Guptill (59), McCullum added 84 runs for the opening wicket in just 9.3 overs.
In the 10th over, McCullum holed out to John Hastings (2-42) straight down the ground off Mitchell Marsh (3-34).
In his 27-ball knock, McCullum had smashed three sixes and six boundaries and became the fourth player to hit 200 or more sixes in ODIs.
Guptill went on to register a run-a-ball half-century in the 17th over. Australia managed to keep Kane Williamson (18) quiet by bowling a tight line and reaped rewards when Scott Boland (2-59) castled him in the 19th over.
In the next over, Adam Zampa (1-45) got Guptill to sweep and had him caught at short fine leg. After 20 overs, New Zealand were positioned at 132 for three.
Grant Elliott (50) and Henry Nicholls (18) added 40-runs for the fourth wicket but were unable to press further as the latter was caught in the slips off Josh Hazlewood (2-45).
After being dropped short cover in the 33rd over, Corey Anderson (27) went on to add 52 runs with Elliott to push New Zealand to 221 for four at the end of 40 overs.
Aiming for a photo-finish in the death overs, New Zealand stumbled badly and lost their last six wickets in 5.3 overs and were bowled out for 246 runs in 45.3 overs.
Marsh and Hastings struck two times each in the 44th and 46th overs respectively to deliver the telling blows.
Hazlewood, Hastings and Boland shared six wickets equally while Marsh had three victims to his name.
Usman Khawaja (44) and David Warner (16) got Australia off to a great start by scoring 30 runs from four overs.
In the fifth over, Williamson took a remarkable catch at long off but he overstepped the boundary ropes giving Khawaja a reprieve. In the same over, Warner chipped a catch to Elliott (0-25) in the covers off Matt Henry (3-60).
Australia scored 67 for one in the first powerplay and an over later, Khawaja was caught behind off Doug Bracewell (1-15), six runs short of his fifty.
New Zealand strung together a few tight overs and it paid off in the 19th over when Ish Sodhi (2-31) dismissed Steven Smith (21) and Glenn Maxwell (0) in the space of three balls. Smith was trapped lbw and unsuccessfully used a review whereas Maxwell was caught in the slips.
Australia were 94 for four at that stage. A 59-run stand between George Bailey (33) and Marsh (41) put Australia’s chase back on track.
Bailey played with caution while Marsh upped the ante from the other end. In the 30th over, Marsh hit a six and a four but Australia lost Bailey as he was castled by Henry, who claimed his 50th ODI wicket.
Three overs later, Marsh attempted to negotiate a yorker from Henry and ended up chipping it off his boot and back to the bowler. The third umpire confirmed that it was off the boot and Marsh had to walk back.
The dismissal proved to be the turning point as Australia slipped further and lost Hastings (6), Matthew Wade (17) and Zampa (2) in successive overs.
A couple of overs later, Nicholls effected a direct hit from point to run Boland (2) out delivering a 55-run victory for New Zealand.
Australia were bowled out for 191 runs in 43.4 overs. Sodhi was the man of the match for his double strike in the 19th over.
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