Sunday, February 18, 2007

Record run chase destroys Australia

Ross Taylor made 117 to lead a record run chase as New Zealand beat Australia by five wickets in the second Chappell-Hadlee limited-overs cricket match Sunday to clinch the three-match series 2-0.

After inflicting Australia's heaviest-ever one-day loss, by 10 wickets, in Wellington on Friday, New Zealand chased down the Aussie's total of 336 runs for four wickets Sunday to win with eight balls to spare, achieving the highest successful run chase on New Zealand soil.

The loss dislodged the Australians from the No. 1 spot in world limited-overs cricket, handing the top ranking to South Africa five weeks before the World Cup in the Caribbean.

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