Hussey brothers script Australian win over New Zealand

February 10th, 2009 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Adelaide, Feb 10 (IANS) Australian Hussey brothers — David and Michael — joined forces to beat New Zealand by six wickets in the fourth One-dayer to level the five match Chappell-Hadlee series 2-2 here Tuesday.

David (79) and Michael (75 not out) scored a decisive 115 runs for the fourth wicket as Australia crossed the target of 244 runs with 10 balls to spare.

Australia, thus, fought back having lost the first two matches with the series now intriguingly poised for the final one-dayer at Brisbane Friday.

Michael hit a six from the final ball from Kyle Mills to seal victory while newcomer Callum Ferguson remained undefeated on 13.

Australian batsmen are not in the best of touch but were prepared for the grind.

Australia lost Michael Clarke and skipper Ricky Ponting with the score on 57. The hosts lost last ODIs centurion Brad Haddin, who was looking good once again, to a mix-up with David. Haddin was run out for 43. It left Australia three wickets down for 101 in the 25th over and New Zealand were very much in the hunt.

The Hussey brothers operated smoothly with David scoring his highest one-day score at a time when his position in the team was in doubt following a bad patch. They made sure the required run-rate was never too much more than six.

David’s 79 came in 96-balls with six fours while Michael’s 75 had four fours and one six.

Michael dedicated the win to victims of the Victorian bushfire tragedy. “This win was for those who are doing it tough in Victoria.”

Hussey said he had been nervous before his innings with Australia needing to square the series.

“I was nervous as it was so important for us to win the game. It is great to be back in the series. It gives us a lot of confidence,” he said.

Earlier, New Zealand batted first for the first time in the series and posted a moderate 244.

Their innings revolved around Ross Taylor, who scored 76 off 71 balls.

Taylor added 55 with Grant Elliott (26) for the fourth wicket and 53-run for seventh-wicket with Kyle Mills (23).

Mitchell Johnson was once again Australia’s star bowler with three for 51.

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