6 Mar 2010

Black Caps taking control at Eden Park

3:01 pm on 6 March 2010

The Australian cricketers were 218 for 5 after 44 overs in their one day Chappell-Hadlee international against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland.

In the latest wicket to fall, Cameron White hit two sixes before knocking one straight to Brendan McCullum at deep mid-on, caught on 54.

Australia had won the toss and elected to bat, fielding an unchanged eleven from the team which lost the first one-dayer by two wickets in Napier.

The openers faced some tight Black Caps bowling, only beginning to hit out in the tenth over.

However, opener Shane Watson was dismissed for 47 from 48 balls shortly afterwards, caught by Martin Guptill on the boundary off the bowling of Darryl Tuffey.

Black Caps captain Dan Vettori dismissed his counterpart, Ricky Ponting, for 1, and opener Brad Haddin, caught and bowled on 53.

Shane Bond claimed the wicket of Michael Clark, who made 11 runs in his 35 minutes at the crease.

Captain Daniel Vettori is back in the home side in the place of the injured Jacob Oram.

But stand-in captain, Ross Taylor, was a late omission due to a hamstring strain. He was replaced by Gareth Hopkins who is keeping wicket for the Blackcaps.