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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)


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