New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum ended his one-day international career with a series victory over Australia on Monday with his side sealing a 55-run win in the deciding third match at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
New Zealand, who were all out for 246 in 45.3 overs, managed to dismiss Australia for 191 in 43.4 overs to give them a 2-1 series win that helped them retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. I Sodhi who took 2 for 31 was the player of the match.
Marsh and George Bailey (33) combined for a 59-run stand after the visitors had slumped to 94-4 in the 19th over. Once Marsh was dismissed, however, the Australians fell apart with Corey Anderson grabbing two victims as their last five wickets fell for 27 runs.
Earlier, McCullum and Martin Guptill had again got New Zealand off to a rollicking start, racing to 84 in 9.3 overs before the captain became the first of Marsh’s three wickets when he was dismissed for 47.
New Zealand’s batsmen, again all got starts, but for the third time in the series were dismissed just when they needed to push on. Guptill scored 59 and Grant Elliott added 50 for the hosts, who lost their last five wickets for nine runs.