Brendon McCullums sizzling 61 off 47 balls went in vain as Australia eked out a thrilling one run victory in the see-saw one-off Twenty20 International cricket match here on Sunday.
Chasing 151,New Zealand came close to overwhelming the target before losing McCullum at a crucial juncture and eventually finishing at 149 for five wickets.
Needing 14 runs off the last over of the bowling of Nathan Bracken,Nathan McCullum (10 not out) Brendons elder brother hit a four and a six off the last two balls but that was still not enough in the end.
Earlier,a Brad Haddin-led Australia got off to a brisk start before losing momentum and it took useful contributions from David Hussey (41),Adam Voges (26) and David Warner (23) to reach a modest total of 150 for seven.
Earlier,New Zealand got off to a wobbly start after Peter Siddle removed Martin Guptill (0) and Peter Fulton (1) off successive overs to reduce the visitors to 12 for two.
However,Brendon McCullum and Neil Broom (36) steadied the boat with a 61-run stand that put the visitors back on the track. James Hopes removed Broom in the 11th over and Australia would have seen McCullums back as well but Hussey squandered a catch off his own bowling.
McCullum responded by hitting Hopes for a six followed by back-to-back fours to reach his fifty. Adam Voges then took a sensational catch off Ben Hilfenhaus to remove McCullum and that proved decisive in the end. Voges caught the ball in the deep,threw it in the air to prevent carrying it across the boundary and returned in time only to trip before he finally dived to complete an astounding catch.
Brief scores: Australia 150 for 7 in 20 overs (D Hussey 41,A Voges 26; Ian OBrien 2/34); New Zealand 149 for 5 in 20 overs (B McCullum 61,N Broom 36; Peter Siddle 2/24)