Win for NZ in Napier

New Zealand outran Australia by two wickets to win the opening Chappell-Hadlee one-day international at Napier’s Maclean Park. Scott Styris and Shane Bond were the unlikely heroes for New Zealand; chasing 275 for eight, the pair got the Black Caps across the line after Ross Taylor’s 70 had built on the good start by Brendon McCullum (45) and Peter Ingram (40). Styris, 34, who finished on 49 not out from just 34 balls, smacked a six off Doug Bollinger in the final over to lift the Black Caps to 281 for eight to seal the victory with four balls remaining. “To get out there and have a chance to win it I was obviously ecstatic,” Styris told Radio Sport. “The boys have worked so hard and it was good to get them a win. I was a little bit rusty to start with. I haven’t had an innings for a couple of weeks so it took me a little bit to get going but the wicket out here was top drawer and great for batting.” Styris represents the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League.


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