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Aussies make easy work of Kiwis

New Zealand were beaten by 7 wickets by Australia in their final warmup match ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Mitchell Johnson claimed four scalps to spearhead a seven-wicket victory for Australia against New Zealand in a warm-up for the World Twenty20 at The Oval on Wednesday.

Johnson took 4-20 off four overs to restrict the Kiwis to a total of 147, and Australia reached 3-151 with four balls to spare, due largely to a 104-run stand between captain Ricky Ponting and his deputy, Michael Clarke, for the third wicket.

Ponting hit 56 off 38 balls, including two sixes and five fours to top score, while Clarke finished not out on 49, accompanied by Andrew Symonds, who was not out 17.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, but lost openers Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder each for no score, thanks to Brett Lee on the third ball of the match and Johnson with his second delivery in the following over.

Johnson claimed another wicket three balls later when Martin Guptill spooned a catch straight to Nathan Hauritz at mid-on and New Zealand were in desperate trouble at 3-6.

The Black Caps' problems deepened as they lost Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram cheaply to collapse to 5-21 inside the first six overs.

Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan finally stopped the haemorrhage of wickets with a 71-run partnership off 45 balls.

But a rush of blood as Styris piled on 24 runs off eight consecutive balls resulted in him being caught behind by Brad Haddin off Johnson for 42, reached off 28 with two sixes and four fours.

McGlashan fell just one run shy of his half century when he was caught by David Hussey off the bowling of Hauritz.

Johnson and Hauritz cleaned up the tail and Australia were left with an easy target.

Johnson had been the pick of Australia's bowlers during the previous day's warm-up match at Trent Bridge when he claimed 3-21 in a 38-run win over Bangladesh.

In Nottingham, the batsmen had been the stars, with opener Shane Watson's top score of 52 off 23 well supported by Haddin (47 off 29) and Michael Clarke (35 off 18).

Pacemen Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken had shaky first overs against Bangladesh, but were solid and Lee would have been further encouraged by his economical 1-9 off 3.5 overs in London as he makes his way back from foot and ankle problems.

Bracken did not play against New Zealand.

Australia face the West Indies in their first match of the World Twenty20 tournament and the Black Caps play Scotland. Both matches are on Saturday.

source - tvnz.co.nz
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