Monday 19 March 2018 / 12:14 AM


Test match cricket takes a back-seat to one-dayers over the next week with the staging of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series. Australia and New Zealand have produced some unbelievable ODI contests over the past 25 years, and we’ve dug up five of the best.

5. Kiwis prevail in epic run chase (2005)

Three days after falling agonisingly short of Australia’s 322 in Wellington, New Zealand set a new standard for run chases by mowing down Australia’s 7/331 in Christchurch, which included half-centuries by Ricky Ponting, Brad Hodge, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey. The Black Caps were tracking nicely thanks to a sizzling century by Scott Styris, but when Jacob Oram (42) and Styris (102) both fell in the 43rd over, they still needed 74 off just 42 balls with only two wickets in hand. Fortunately for the Kiwis, their No.9 and 10 respectively were the explosive Brendon McCullum and expert pinch-hitter Daniel Vettori. McCullum blasted 50 off 25 and Vettori noodled 23 off 12 to guide New Zealand to a stunning victory with six balls left.

4. Bevan leads Australia to nail-biting win (2002)

New Zealand was on track for a momentous victory at the MCG, posting 8-245 – with Stephen Fleming and Chris Cairns notching half-centuries – before pinning Australia down for 6/82 in the 22nd over. But Michael Bevan, one of the great ODI innings-rescuers, smashed a brilliant 102 not out off just 95 balls to guide the hosts to a two-wicket win with three balls to spare.

3. New Zealand triumphs in World Cup boilover (1992)

The first World Cup to be held Down Under opened with co-hosts New Zealand and Australia, the defending champs, facing off at Auckland’s Eden Park. It was a classic contest packed with brilliant moments, and it immediately garnered a treasured place in New Zealand’s cricketing folklore. Captain Martin Crowe scored 100 not out as the Kiwis reached 6/248, bringing up the milestone in the final over and sparking a mini-pitch invasion; the partisan crowd went nuts earlier when Allan Border put down a high catch. David Boon anchored the Australian innings with 100, but a brilliant performance in the field – including superb caught-and-bowled efforts by Gavin Larsen (who took 3/30) and Rod Latham, and a sensational run out by Chris Harris to dismiss Boon – saw the overwhelming favourites bowled out for 211. New Zealand’s giant-killing run continued all the way to the semi-finals, while Australia’s trophy defence spluttered and they missed the final four.

2. Waugh and Harris trade centuries in epic quarter-final (1996)

The trans-Tasman foes produced a wonderful quarter-final at the ’96 World Cup, underdogs New Zealand throwing down the gauntlet to star-studded Australia with 9/286 after captain Lee Germon (89) and the talismanic Chris Harris (130) put on 168 for the fourth wicket. But Mark Waugh responded to Harris’ majestic knock with a scintillating 110, laying the platform for Australia’s chase before Steve Waugh (59 not out) and Stuart Law (42 not out) clinched a six-wicket victory – and a semi-final date with the West Indies – with 13 balls to spare.

1. Another unbelievable chase by the Black Caps (2007)

Two days after New Zealand successfully ran down 336 at Eden Park, Matthew Hayden seemed certain to give Australia a series victory with a mind-blowing 181 not out off 166 balls that included 10 sixes. The Black Caps were in all sorts at 4/41 in pursuit of the visitors’ 346, but a blistering 117 off 96 by renowned slogger Craig McMillan put the hosts back in the frame at Hamilton’s Seddon Park. ‘Macca’ put on 165 for the sixth wicket with Brendon McCullum, who brilliantly steered the Black Caps home (along with a fine lower-order contribution from Mark Gillespie) with three balls and one wicket to spare, finishing unbeaten on 86. It was New Zealand’s fourth successful 300-plus run chase against Australia in the space of 15 months and completed a 3-0 series whitewash.

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