Australia scored a modest 150 for seven in the one-off Twenty20 international against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Gound on Sunday.
The visitors countered the sparkling start provided by David Warner (23 from 15 balls) with a suffocating six-over period delivered by Daniel Vettori and Ian Butler that yielded only 35 runs.
Vettori, as one has to come to expect, proved particularly troublesome, resulting in figures of one for 23. This included the scalp of Australia's top scorer David Hussey (41 off 39).
Iain O'Brien provided able support, and finished with an analysis of two for 34 off his four overs.
The Australians threatened to post a large total after winning the toss and Warner and Brad Haddin set off quite briskly, but after the dismissal of the stand-in captain, Haddin, the hosts did not clear the boundary rope until the 15th over – a criminal offense in this smash-bang format.
Hussey - finding a willing partner in Adam Voges - provided some stability to the fragile innings. Together the pair steered the hosts to 104 for four, before another collapse, and the resulting lost of momentum, ensured an addition of only 24 runs off the final three overs.