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Black Caps beat Aussies in super over thriller

Australia tied their high-scoring Twenty20 International against New Zealand before losing a remarkable match in a one-over playoff in Christchurch.

Man-of-the-match Brendon McCullum smashed a memorable 116 not out in New Zealand’s 6-214, the equal-sixth highest team score in T20 Internationals and the highest conceded by Australia.

In reply, Australia’s openers David Warner (27) and Brad Haddin (47) played aggressively and David Hussey (10) fell cheaply in pursuit of the massive target.

Needing 12 to win from the final over by Tim Southee, Australia scored 11 with skipper Michael Clarke run out on the final ball for 67 chasing a third run at long-on.

Cameron White was unbeaten on 64 from 26 balls, hitting five fours and five sixes in a sensational display in Australia’s 4-214.

Australia scored six runs from their extra over bowled by Tim Southee and the Black Caps replied with 0-9 from three balls, with paceman Shaun Tait losing his nerve and bowling two wides in the tense "super over" before 26,148 fans.

Clarke also missed two run-out opportunities. The two-game series was split one-all.

"The preparation for us going into the Twenty20 World Cup (in the West Indies in May), you don’t get any better than that," Clarke said.

"I thought Brendon McCullum played an unbelievable innings. We got so close.

McCullum’s 56-ball innings, including 12 fours and eight sixes, was only the second century in Twenty20 International history, one shy of West Indies captain Chris Gayle’s 117 against South Africa in 2007/08.

Tait took 2-40 on a very tough night for Australia’s bowlers at Christchurch’s small AMI Stadium after the touring side’s quicks had been so dominant in game one in Wellington on Friday.

Brendon McCullum added 68 in five overs for the fifth wicket with Gareth Hopkins (36 off 17), who trod on his stumps facing Nannes at 5-145.

Brendon McCullum’s brother Nathan, coming in at No.8, was unbeaten on 14, taking the last four balls of the innings with Brendon one shy of Gayle’s record.

Australia rested Shane Watson and man-of-the-match pace bowler Mitchell Johnson.

Sunday’s game was Australia’s final hit-out before starting their World T20 campaign in the West Indies in May.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 214 for 6 (McCullum 116*) tied with Australia 214 for 4 (Clarke 67, White 64*). I

n the Super Over, Australia scored six runs and New Zealand scored nine off three balls to seal victory.

(The Age)

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