16 Feb 2009

Aussies win Twenty20- thriller in Sydney

5:46 am on 16 February 2009

The New Zealand cricketers have ended their Australian tour on a frustrating note, losing last night's Twenty20 match in Sydney by one run.

In response to Australia's 150 for 7, the Black Caps finished up at 149 for 5 to lose a match that in retrospect hinged on the dismissal of the New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum.

McCullum sparked the chase with 61 off 47 balls before Adam Voges pulled off a memorable catch on the boundary. What seemed a certain six was taken by Voges who had to throw the ball infield as he overbalanced, then stumbled on the rope before crawling back infield to complete the catch.

Although Neil Broom made 36 off 26 balls, and Nathan McCullum hit out lustily in the last over, the Black Caps never really recovered the momentum lost after Brendan McCullum's dismissal.

Skipper Daniel Vettori said he was devastated to lose a game they should have won easily, and he wasn't in a great space immediately after the match.