March 7, 2010

Australia wins 2nd ODI to level the series

Australia defeated New Zealand by 12 run in the 2nd ODI held at Auckland. It was a very tense match where Mitchell Johnson & Ryan Harris took seven wickets to lead the Australia to a tense victory.

Australia batted first. Mike Hussey had scored a brilliant knock registering a score of 56 runs. He shared a partnership of 101 with Cameron White(54). It was 46th over when Hussey fell, Finally Aussies managed to score a total of 273 for 7 wickets.

Rain had interrupted the match where the target was revised to 266 runs from 45 overs. New Zealand lost 6 wickets when they were 131. But from there onwards kiwis recovered & almost reached their target. But this was a nervous moment for Australia as only 13 runs was required from 11 balls. This moment broke down when Daniel Vettori walked across his stumps & he attempted to flick Harris behind square leg his stumps were rattled.

The personal battle between Scott Styris(4) & Mitchell Johnson continued, Johnson who was in fume bowled his first ball a bouncer to Styris which went over the Wicket Keeper's head. He went for 5 wides in 11th over.

The 3rd ODI will be played in Hamilton on Tuesday.

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