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Bond leaves Australia shaken

It was the third successive defeat for the Australians



SPECTACULAR EFFORT: Shane Bond catches Cameron White off his own bowling. — Photo: AP

WELLINGTON: Shane Bond took five wickets, and Stephen Fleming and Lou Vincent smashed half-centuries to give New Zealand a 10-wicket win over Australia in the first match of the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series here on Friday.

Bond's five for 23 on a lively pitch helped the Kiwis dismiss Australia for 148 in 49.3 overs. Fleming (70) and Vincent (73) then took advantage of some innocuous bowling and incompetent fielding to inflict a 10-wicket defeat on the Australians.

Vincent hit a six off the last ball of the 27th over to finish the match and end the highest first-wicket partnership for New Zealand against Australia, and its first century opening partnership against the Australians in 22 years.

The loss was Australia's third straight in limited-overs matches, its first run of three consecutive defeats in four years.

``It's not a nice feeling,'' said Hussey, leading Australia for the second time in his career in the absence of Ricky Ponting. ``It's a demoralising loss.'' Bond relished the conditions after struggling for form throughout the tri-series and cut a broad swathe through the Australian batting order. He used movement in the air and off the seam, along with subtle changes of pace, to confound the Australian batsman, taking his five wickets from 9.3 overs.

Brilliant catch

Bond bowled three of his victims: Brad Haddin for six, Nathan Bracken for 0 and Brad Hogg for 20, ending the Australian innings with Hogg's wicket.

Bond had Phil Jaques caught by Daniel Vettori off the fourth ball of his first over and he brilliantly caught Cameron White off his own bowling to cap a virtuoso performance. Hussey produced a captain's innings of 42 from 96 balls to provide his side's only resistance. — AP

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