Aussie pacemen trouble Kiwis
New Zealand after a bad start recovered somewhat through a 65 run
stand between Neil Broom and James Franklyn. It was a constant struggle
for the New Zealanders as the conditions assisting the bowlers. Lee,
Watson and Johnson exploiting the conditions to the maximum.
Only during the batting power play in the 39 over, the new Zealand
batsmen Neil Broom and James Franklyn really started to up the tempo.
Brooms and Franklyn took advantage of the field restrictions and took 41
runs in the power play.
The pair took the score from 133 for 5 to 174 for 7. New Zealand lost
the momentum when Broom was needlessly run out and the rest succumbed to
immense pressure applied by the Aussie pacemen spearheaded by Brett Lee
who made the Kiwi batsmen, specially the late order, to run for cover.
Brett Lee took 2 for 45 in his ten overs, but really put the Kiwis on
the back foot with his aggressive approach while bowling. Martin Guptil
top scored with 40 off 64 deliveries with five fours while Nathan
Hauritz took 3 for 37. New Zealand received a severe blow prior to the
commencement of the final, their captain Daniel Vettori had pulled a
hamstring during warming up and had to keep away from the game.
Vettori had been instrumental to bring New Zealand this far in the
tournament. He was the fourth casualty in the New Zealand camp. Earlier
Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder and Daryl Tuffy were in the injured list.
Jeetan Patel took his place while Brendon McCullum led the side.
Conditions were overcast, and the Kiwis batsmen were made to struggle,
they batted with exaggerated caution, Lee and Siddle were on the spot,
besides two wides bowled by Lee, both pacemen let loose well directed
bouncers to unsettle the batsmen.
B. McCullum c Paine b Siddle 0
A. Redmond st Paine b Hauritz 26
M. Guptill c and b Hauritz 40
R. Taylor c Hussey b Johnson 6
G. Elliott lbw b Lee 9
N. Broom run out (Hussey/Watson) 37
J. Franklin b Lee 33
K. Mills run out (Ponting) 12
I. Butler lbw b Hauritz 6
J. Patel not out 16
S. Bond not out 3
EXTRAS (b1, lb2, w9) 12
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 200
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-5 (McCullum), 2-66 (Redmond), 3-77 (Guptill), 4-81 (Taylor), 5-94 (Elliott),
6-159 (Broom), 7-166 (Franklin), 8-174 (Butler), 9-187 (Mills)
BOWLING: Lee 10-1-45-2 (5w), Siddle 10-1-30-1, Johnson 10-1-35-1 (1w), Watson 10-0-50-0 (2w), Hauritz 10-0-37-3 (1w)