7 Feb 2009

Black Caps 2-0 in Chappell Hadlee series

8:18 am on 7 February 2009

New Zealand has taken a two nil lead in the Chappell Hadlee one day cricket series.

The Black Caps beat Australia by six wickets in Melbourne last night, chasing down the home team's total of 225

After dangerous opener Brendon McCullum (43 from 75 balls) gave the visitors a solid platform, Ross Taylor (47 from 74 balls) and Grant Elliott (61 not out from 75 balls) rammed home the advantage.

The Australians have now lost five games in a row.

It means Australia will have to go unbeaten through the final three games against NZ, starting in Sydney on Sunday, to avoid their third series defeat of the summer, having already lost a Test and one-day series to the Proteas.