Bond stars in 10-wicket win over Australia

Australia suffered their first ever 10-wicket loss in limited-overs cricket when they were thrashed by New Zealand here on Friday just weeks away from their World Cup defence.

A five-wicket haul from Shane Bond was backed by an unbroken stand by Stephen Fleming and Lou Vincent who needed just 27 overs to knock off the 149-run target in the first game of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.

New Zealand at full strength exposed the inexperience of an Australian side missing Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist by choice, and Andrew Symonds, Michael Clarke and Brett Lee through injury.

The makeshift Australians had trouble getting into rhythm with the bat and had particular trouble handling Bond, making 148 all out three balls short of their 50 overs. Then their defence of a low target suffered from wayward bowling and dropped catches.

As a result, Vincent cracked 73 from 87 balls and Fleming faced just 76 deliveries for his 70 as they produced a record opening stand for New Zealand and the first century from a New Zealand opening partnership in 22 years.

Australia’s woes were summed up late in the New Zealand innings when Vincent took off his gloves and began walking from the pitch, certain he was going to be caught after he top-edged a pull shot.

But he had to be called back by Fleming as a communication mix-up meant neither the bowler Mitchell Johnson nor the close-in fielder Brad Hodge were able to reach the simple chance.

It was a rare third successive loss for Australia, after losing two in a row to England in their recent home tri-series finals, and their first-ever 10-wicket hiding.

After his first spell of six overs, Bond had two for seven, with Phil Jacques spooning a slower ball to Daniel Vettori and Brad Haddin bowled by a ball which pitched outside the off stump and cut back sharply.

When he came back for his second spell, Bond pulled off a magnificent caught-and-bowled which left batsman Cameron White staring in disbelief. Bond finished with 5-23.

White blasted a slower ball straight down the wicket only to see Bond lean to his right on his follow-through and snatch up the ball one-handed just above the ground.

Bond then cleaned up Nathan Bracken and Brad Hogg at the tail and added to his purple patch by catching Shane Watson at long-off after the Australian had skied spinner Daniel Vettori.

Vettori also dismissed Hodge to finish with two for 26, while Mark Gillespie (2-27) and Craig McMillan (1-3) were the other successful bowlers.

McMillan dismissed Hussey who top-scored with 42 off 96 balls — illustrating the difficulty the batsmen had scoring freely.

Scoreboard

New Zealand won toss

Australia

M L Hayden c Fleming b Gillespie 14

P A Jaques c Vettori b Bond 1

†B J Haddin b Bond 6

*M E K Hussey c Taylor b McMillan 42

B J Hodge c Fleming b Vettori 22

C L White c & b Bond 13

S R Watson c Bond b Vettori 8

G B Hogg b Bond 20

M G Johnson c Oram b Gillespie 8

N W Bracken b Bond 0

G D McGrath not out 5

Extras (b1, lb2, w5, nb1) 9

Total (all out, 49.3 overs) 148

Fall: 1-3, 2-16, 3-45, 4-86, 5-98, 6-108, 7-120, 8-133, 9-133

Bowling: Tuffey 8-0-29-0 (1w); Bond 9.3-2-23-5 (1nb, 2w); Oram 10-0-22-0; Gillespie 9-0-27-2 (1w); Vettori 9-1-26-2; Styris 2-0-15-0 (1w); McMillan 2-0-3-1

New Zealand

L Vincent not out 73

*S P Fleming not out 70

Extras (lb3, w2, nb1) 6

Total (no wkt, 27 overs) 149

Did not bat: R L Taylor, S B Styris, J D P Oram, C D McMillan, †B B McCullum, D L Vettori, S E Bond, M R Gillespie, D R Tuffey

Bowling: McGrath 6-1-23-0 (1nb); Bracken 7-1-30-0; Johnson 8-0-49-0 (1w); Watson 4-0-28-0; Hogg 2-0-16-0 (1w)

Result: New Zealand won by 10 wickets

Series: New Zealand lead the 3-match series 1-0

Man of the Match: Shane Bond

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and B F Bowden. TV umpire: G A Baxter. Match referee: M J Procter (South Africa)

Forthcoming matches: Sunday (tomorrow) 2nd ODI, Auckland. February 20 3rd ODI, Hamilton (d/n)

Source:The News

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