14 Feb 2009

Rain saves Australia against the Black Caps

5:42 pm on 14 February 2009

Brisbane's rain has saved Australia from a likely series loss in the Chappell Hadlee one day cricket series.

The final game of the five match series was abandoned after heavy rain as New Zealand seemed set to win.

After rain delayed the start the game was reduced to 22 overs a side and then, after a further rain delay, to 20 overs.

Australia reached 168 for four in its 22 overs, with Brad Haddin making 88 off 97 balls and Callum Fergusson blasting 55 off 46 balls.

With further rain New Zealand's target was reduced to 156 off 20 overs. But the top order in the main failed and the Black Caps lost five wickets for 17 run to slump to 73 for six.

New cap Brendan Diamanti then joined Martin Guptill. They blasted a 50 run seventh wicket partnership to have the Black Caps needing just 33 runs from 36 balls when the rain came down.

Guptill was left not out on 64 from 34 balls while Diamanti was 26 not out from 20 balls.