HAMILTON - A bizarre off-the-toe catch by Matt Henry brought a fairytale end to Brendon McCullum's ODI career when New Zealand beat Australia by 55 runs in Hamilton Monday.
The victory in a game that was in Australia 's favour until Henry's dismissal of Mitchell Marsh, saw McCullum end his limited overs career with a 2-1 series win over the world champions and the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Australia , set a target of 247, had their tails up when they needed 83 off the last 16 overs with five wickets in hand and Marsh, their match-winner in Sunday's second tie, in full flight.
But the momentum swung back in New Zealand's favour when a Henry delivery edged off Marsh's bat, on to his foot, and rebounded back to the bowler. The umpire turned down an appeal from Henry. But when the replay on the big screen confirmed what Henry suspected the umpires called for an official review which showed the ball had not touched the ground and a clearly angry Marsh was out.
Australian captain Steve Smith ultimately backed the dismissal but there were questions over whether the review would have been called had there not been a loud crowd reaction to the replay on screen. "The right decision was made. He was out. There was no doubt about that," Smith said. "I think Mattie Henry sort of thought there was a little something and it wasn't until we saw something on the big screen that the decision actually went upstairs so I was a little disappointed with that."
With Marsh's decision the Australian innings collapsed with their last five wickets falling for 27 runs in 10 overs. New Zealand's innings had suffered an even worse meltdown when they lost their last six wickets for 23 to be all out for 246. McCullum, one of the biggest hitters in the game, reeled off 47 in 27 deliveries to give New Zealand a flying start.
His innings included three sixes to give him 200 sixes in his 260-match ODI career which leaves him fourth on the overall list headed by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi with 351. With McCullum at the crease the New Zealand run rate was near 8.5 but slowed after his dismissal.
Martin Guptill, who had played a support role while his captain was at the crease, took 61 balls for his 59, his 30th half century. As in the second match in Wellington, won by Australia by four wickets, New Zealand found themselves losing momentum in the middle order. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls were quickly in and out for 18 each before Elliott (50) and Corey Anderson (27) tried to regain the initiative with a 52-run stand.
When Anderson was dismissed New Zealand were set to mount a late assault at 223-5 with 10 overs remaining but they imploded instead. Australia in reply raced to 75-1 before losing Usman Khawaja (44), Steve Smith (21) and Glenn Maxwell (0) as Doug Bracewell and Ish Sodhi kept New Zealand in the game with three for 19 in an economical 44 deliveries.
David Warner was dismissed early for 16 leaving Khawaja and Smith to build the innings and get valuable batting time before the first Test starting in Wellington on Friday. Australia were 94-4 when Marsh went to the middle. He put on 59 with George Bailey for the fifth wicket and had reached 41 off 42 deliveries before his unusual dismissal and from there Australia folded. Henry was New Zealand's most successful bowler with three for 60 while Sodhi (8-0-31-2) and Bracewell (6-0-15-1) were the most economical.

Scoreboard

NEW ZEALAND:
M Guptill c Hastings b Zampa 59
B McCullum c Hastings b Marsh 47
K Williamson b Boland 18
H Nicholls c Smith b Hazlewood 18
G Elliott c Maxwell b Marsh 50
C Anderson c Khawaja b Boland 27
L Ronchi c Boland b Marsh 5
D Bracewell b Hastings 2
A Milne lbw Boland 5
M Henry not out 0
I Sodhi b Hastings 0
EXTRAS: (lb6, w9) 15
TOTAL: (10 wickets; 45.3 overs) 246
FOW: 1-84, 2-123, 3-131, 4-171, 5-223, 6-237, 7-237, 8-246, 9-246, 10-246
BOWLING: Hazlewood 10-0-45-2, Hastings 7.3-0-42-2, Boland 9-0-59-2, Marsh 6-0-34-3, Zampa 10-0-45-1, Maxwell 3-0-15-0
AUSTRALIA :
U Khawaja c Ronchi b Bracewell 44
D Warner c Elliott b Henry 16
S Smith lbw Sodhi 21
G Bailey b Henry 33
G Maxwell c McCullum b Sodhi 0
M Marsh c&B Henry 41
M Wade c Guptill b Milne 17
J Hastings c Elliott b Anderson 6
A Zampa c McCullum by Anderson 2
J Hazlewood not out 5
S Boland run out 2
EXTRAS: (lb2, w2) 4
TOTAL: (10 wickets; 43.4 overs) 191
FOW: 1-39, 2-75, 3-94, 4-94, 5-153, 6-164, 7-179, 8-184, 9-184, 10-191 BOWLING: Henry 10-1-60-3, Milne 8.4-0-42-1, Anderson 6-1-16-2, Bracewell 6-0-15-1, Sodhi 8-0-31-2, Elliott 5-0-25-0
TOSS: Australia
SERIES : New Zealand 2-1
UMPIRES: Ian Gould, Derek Walker
TV UMPIRE: Sundaram Ravi (IND)
MATCH REFEREE: Chris Broad (ENG)