Aussies lose Clarke, Ponting early chasing 245 runs  

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Australia got New Zealand restricted to 244 for eight in the fourth One-Day International here on Tuesday.

Ross Taylor waged a lone battle to save New Zealand from a middle order collapse. Taylor played a determined knock of 76 with six fours and two sixes from 71 balls.

New Zealand, after electing to bat, were off to a steady start. Guptill was the first man to go in the 18th over for 45. Two quick wickets after a short gap reduced the visitors to 86-3.

Ross Taylor and G Eliott put some resistance for a while. They added 55 runs for the fourth wicket before Eliott was dismissed, thanks to a brilliant catch by David Hussey.

To add to their woes, CD Cumming went for a duck in the very next over. With Kiwis on the backfoot, Australians were targeting to restrict New Zealand below 200. But some late efforts by the tail helped New Zealand to post a respectable total.

Mitchel Johnson took three wickets for 51 as Hopes got two. Bracken, Hilfenhaus and Clarke scalped one each.

New Zealand are already leading the five-match series 2-1. One more victory will ensure the series for them.


Australia: MJ Clarke, BJ Haddin, RT Ponting, MEK Hussey, DJ Hussey, CJ Ferguson, CL White, JR Hopes, MG Johnson, NW Bracken, BW Hilfenhaus

New Zealand: BB McCullum, MJ Guptill, PG Fulton, LRPL Taylor, GD Elliott, NT Broom, KD Mills, DL Vettori, CD Cumming, TG Southee, IE O'Brien

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