Voges stars in Australia’s T20 win against New Zealand

February 15th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 15 (IANS) Adam Voges took a spectacular catch to remove dangerous Brendon McCullum as Australia sneaked past New Zealand by just one run in the Twenty20 clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Sunday.

Just when McCullum (61 off 47 balls) looked like taking New Zealand past the victory target (151 runs), Voges’ boundary-line jugglery won the match for Australia.

The Kiwis needed 20 off 12 balls with seven wickets in hand, and more importantly they had McCullum leading the charge in the middle. But as McCullum smashed Ben Hilfenhaus over long-on boundary Voges caught the forceful shot just inches inside the ropes, but lost his balance and threw the ball up in the air to ensure he does not cross the boundary with the ball. He then showed amazing control, came back and almost tripped before pouching the ball comfortably.

McCullum waited for the third umpire’s decision who ruled him out.

New Zealand challenge faded away with McCullum’s exit. They needed 14 from the last over but James Franklin was run out in the first ball trying to steal a single. The next three balls fetched only two runs. With two sixes required from last two balls, Nathan McCullum hit the first one for four and found the six in the last ball.

Earlier New Zealand’s chase revolved around McCullum and Neil Broom (36 off 26 balls), who added 61 runs after they were two wickets down for 12.

McCullum innings included five fours and two sixes while Broom struck six fours.

Australia, after electing to bat, got a good start through David Warner, who hit 23 off 15 balls. The hosts lost a few quick wickets and were three down with the score of 52. David Hussey (41) and Voges (26) came for the rescue.

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