New Zealand defeated Australia by 55 runs on Monday to win the one-day series 2-1.New Zealand claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and send off departing captain Brendon McCullum in fine style. 246 proved defendable courtesy of a gutsy bowling and fielding performance. Pace and spin, right-armers and left all contributed in restricting the World Cup winners to just 191.
At 75-1 and Khawaja in full flight an Australian win seemed an inevitability. At 164-5 Australia were still clear favourites with Marsh in dominant form at the crease. Somehow the Black Caps found a way to pressurise the visiting batsmen and chip away often enough to force the victory.
New Zealand: 246 in 45.3 overs (Martin Guptill 59, Grant Elliott 50, Brendon McCullum 47; Mitch Marsh 3-34, John Hastings 2-42, Josh Hazlewood 2-45, Scott Boland 2-59).
Australia: 191 in 43.4 overs (Usman Khawaja 44, Mitch Marsh 41, George Bailey 33; Matt Henry 3-60, Corey Anderson 2-16, Ish Sodhi 2-31).