I’m not too much of a cricket fan but I do occasionally enjoy the odd match. I always support the side which plays well and for the Chappell-Hadlee series that was going on in New Zealand, I had predicted that NZ might win the series. And they did so in fantastic fashion! Whilst the first ODI was a tame affair wherein Australia’s inexperienced batting line-up collapsed rather tamely and New Zealand then won with 10 wickets to spare, the second match was a pulsating affair. Australia were rather confident after having scored 336 batting first, but the New Zealanders weren’t gonna give up and mounted a gallant chase – led by newcomers Fulton and Taylor – to ultimately win the match, and the series.
So when the third match started today, I was kinda thinking that the Aussies were gonna comeback with vengeance and try with all their might to win the last ODI and save some face. And this belief was strengthened further when Matthew Hayden slammed 181 runs in helping Australia mount a daunting total of 347. This was beyond NZ thought I. Little did I imagine that sport is as unpredictable as anything…….Powered by a pacy century from Craig McMillan and some fiesty batting and presence-of-mind from ‘keeper Brendon McCullum, New Zealanders surmounted the aussie total with 3 balls to spare!!!
The last two matches’ scorecards were testimonial to the fact that Cricket is indeed a batsman’s game…..Aus 336/4 lost to New Zealand 340/5 and Aus 346/5 lost to New Zealand 350/9
New Zealand win after chasing 347
Craig McMillan and Brendon McCullum blasted New Zealand to another massive run-chase as they negated Matthew Hayden’s 181 and inflicted a cleansweep on Australia at Hamilton. The home team flew to 350 on the back of McMillan’s 117 and his 165-run partnership with McCullum.