BRISBANE (Agencies) - New Zealand's quest to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Series ended in frustration today when rain interrupted their run-chase against Australia. The hosts made 168 for four from their reduced allocation of 22 overs with the Black Caps handed a revised target of 156 from 20. They looked poised to clinch the decisive game five at 123 for six from 14 overs when the rain returned to Brisbane, forcing the match to be abandoned. Australia set New Zealand an imposing target of 156 to win the rain-shortened Chappell-Hadlee Series decider at the Gabba. Opener Brad Haddin continued his fine form with an unbeaten 88 off 65 deliveries to guide the hosts to 168 for four from their 22 overs, with the visitors' target altered to 156 from 20. Haddin appeared in total control throughout, striking five boundaries and three sixes, but it was perhaps his patience under pressure in the middle of the innings that was most impressive. He didn't do it all on his own, however, with Callum Ferguson continuing the dream start to his international career with a brilliant 55 not out off 35 balls. Having joined Haddin at the crease at 70 for four, the pair put together an unbeaten 98-run stand to steal the upper hand at the midway point. James Hopes (five) got the Australian innings going with a boundary in the second over but his aggression soon cost him his wicket when he skied a wild pull-shot to Daniel Vettori who made no mistake. Kyle Mills (two for 22) kept the pressure on the home side when he removed Australia captain Ricky Ponting (two) caught behind with a well directed out-swinger. Game-four hero David Hussey made an immediate impact hitting Mills to the boundary from the third ball he faced. But he too got himself out when he was bowled for just six attempting to heave the reliable Iain O'Brien out of the ground Debutant Brendon Diamanti was unlucky not to remove Haddin with his first delivery but the in-form right-hander put things right with a boundary from the next ball. Haddin continued to plunder the newcomer, who conceded 14 runs from his second over, as Australia moved above six runs an over. But Vettori (one for 24) halted Australia's momentum when Hussey hit a long-hop straight to Diamanti at mid-wicket to depart for nine. Ferguson was lucky not to depart for two when Grant Elliott failed to throw down the stumps in his follow through with the batsman well short of his ground. Haddin momentarily went into his shell before bringing up his half century with a single as he and Ferguson looked to set the launching pad. Haddin welcomed Tim Southee back for his second spell with a cracking off-drive for four as he looked to accelerate the scoring with six overs remaining. The pair continued to score at better than a run a ball before Ferguson exploited the batting power-play by hitting Southee for three-consecutive boundaries. Ferguson continued to throw the bat with good success but was lucky to survive when Vettori dropped a screamer with his score on 44. The 24-year-old continued past 50 as Haddin got back in the action with a mammoth six over long-on as the hosts moved past 150. It was all Haddin in the final over as he pummelled O'Brien for 14 runs to leave his side well placed. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA JR Hopes c Vettori b Mills 5 BJ Haddin not out 88 RT Ponting c McCullum b Mills 2 DJ Hussey b O'Brien 6 MK Hussey c Diamanti b Vettori 9 CJ Ferguson not out 55 EXTRAS Extras (w 3) 3 TOTAL: (for 4, 22 overs) 168 Fall of wickets : 1-9 (Hopes, 2.4 ov), 2-20 (Ponting, 4.1 ov), 3-30 (DJ Hussey, 5.5 ov), 4-70 (MK Hussey, 11.1 ov) BOWLING KD Mills 4-0-22-2 TG Southee 5-0-49-0 IE O'Brien 5-0-40-1 BJ Diamanti 2-0-25-0 DL Vettori 4-0-24-1 GD Elliott 2-0-8-0 NEW ZEALAND BB McCullum b Hilfenhaus 2 MJ Guptill not out 0 PG Fulton not out 14 EXTRAS: 0 TOTAL: 16 Fall of wickets : 1-2 (McCullum, 0.2 ov) BOWLING BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-23-1 NW Bracken 1-0-15-0.