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NZ vs AUS Brendon McCullum plays smashing knock in his last ODI

HAMILTON: Brendon McCullum dashed 47 from 27 balls in his final one-day innings but his farewell was soured when New Zealand collapsed to be all out for 246 in Monday’s deciding match of the Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia.

McCullum did his best to leave New Zealand in a strong position as he put on 84 for the first wicket with Martin Guptill in fewer than 10 overs.

But the innings fell apart late, as the Black Caps lost their last six wickets for 23 runs in five overs and were bowled out for 246 in the 46th over.

Mitchell Marsh took three wickets to help put Australia in a strong position to win the series, which is tied 1-1.

McCullum, who will retire from international cricket after the second test against Australia later this month, was playing his last ODI and received a guard of honor from Australian players as he made his way out to open the batting.

McCullum produced an innings which typified his career, striking three fours and three sixes. His last six brought up his 200th in ODIs, joining Shahid Afridi (351), Sanath Jayasuriya (270) and Chris Gayle (238).

After McCullum departed to a standing ovation, Guptill went on to make 59 from 61 balls but New Zealand’s out-of-form middle order batsmen continued to struggle.

Australia has figured out Kane Williamson, who had been in superb form through the home summer until this series. They bowl wide of his off-stump, shutting down his preferred onside scoring and packing the offside to restrict his options.

Williamson faced 28 balls to make 18 before succumbing to frustration and dragging a wide ball onto his stumps.

In a rapidly deteriorating innings Henry Nicholls was out for 18 from 29 balls, Corey Anderson for 27 from 45 balls and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, especially down on form, made only 5.

Grant Elliott shored up the middle order with a laborious half century that took 58 balls with only two boundaries.

Ronchi and Elliott fell to consecutive deliveries from Mitch Marsh and both to catches in the deep as they tried fruitlessly to improve the scoring rate.

Adam Milne fell lbw to a ball which appeared to be missing his leg stump — he decided not to review — and which Brendon Bracewell — called up as a replacement for a six Trent Boult — fell soon after in an accelerating collapse.

John Hastings claimed New Zealand’s last two wickets — Bracewell and Ish Sodhi who replaced the injured Mitchell Santner — to end the innings in the 46th over and finish with 2-42.

Australia bowled superbly and backed up its bowlers with slick fielding. Marsh, who was the hero of their series-squaring win in Wellington on Saturday, took 3-34, Josh Hazleood took 2-45 and Scott Boland 2-59.

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Date : 08-02-2016 01:16:55