HAMILTON. — A sensational off-the-toe catch by Matt Henry brought a fairytale end to Brendon McCullum’s one-day international cricket career as New Zealand beat Australia by 55 runs in Hamilton yesterday.
The victory in a game that was going Australia’s way until Henry’s dismissal of Mitchell Marsh, saw McCullum end his limited-overs career with a 2-1 series win over the world champions and the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Australia, set a target of 247, had their tails up and needed 83 off the last 16 overs with five wickets in hand and Marsh, their match-winner in Sunday’s second tie, in full flow.
But the momentum swung back in New Zealand’s favour when a Henry delivery edged off Marsh’s bat, on to his foot, and rebounded back to the bowler.
The umpire turned down an appeal from Henry.
But when the replay on the big screen confirmed what Henry suspected the umpires called for an official review which showed the ball had not touched the ground and a clearly angry Marsh was out.
From there the Australian innings collapsed, with their last five wickets falling for 27 runs in 10 overs.
New Zealand had suffered an even more dramatic meltdown when they lost their last six wickets for 23 to be all out for 246. — AFP.