Rearguard action from Nathan as Australia bowl out NZ for 206

Nagpur, Feb 25 (PTI) Nathan McCullum stood tall amidruins with a fighting half-century as the pace duo of MitchellJohnson and Shaun Tait shared seven wickets between them tohelp Australia bowl out New Zealand for 206 in their group BWorld Cup match at VCA Stadium in Jamtha here today.

Courtesy Nathan''s gritty 52 off 76 balls, New Zealandcrossed the 200-run mark after Aussie bowlers blew away thetop-six within 17 overs with 73 on board.

Nathan shared 48 runs for the seventh wicket with JamieHow (22) and 54 runs with skipper Daniel Vettori (44) butKiwis could not bat for the complete quote of 50 overs andwere all out in 45.1 overs.

Both Tait (3/35) and Johnson (4/33) bowled with pace andaccuracy which made things difficult for the Kiwi batsmen inthe match which is also being played for the Chappell-HadleeTrophy.

After overnight rain, Australian captain Ricky Pontingelected to field as conditions were bit overcast.

Tait and Johnson were ably complemented by Shane Watson(1/9) and Brett Lee (1/29) and the pace quartet ensured thatPonting''s decision to bowl first was vindicated.

All of them pitched the ball fuller, got a bit ofmovement and were also helped by some lousy shots played bythe Black Caps batsmen.

If Tait''s bowling was all about raw pace, Johnson gotdeliveries to swing away from the batsmen at a brisk pace.

Although Jesse Ryder pulled a couple of short ones fromJohnson, none of the top-order batsmen were ready to applythemselves on a pitch which eased out with time.

Both Nathan and Vettori showed that it was not difficultto play shots once the batsmen got their eye in.

In the morning, the first to go was Brendon McCullum(16). The Kiwi opener used Tait''s pace to get two boundarieswith upper cuts. One such slash off a delivery that had extrayard of pace ballooned up and was easily caught by JasonKrejza at thirdman. More PTI KHS AT

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