New Zealand vs Australia Rothmans Cup Final 1990 Article

Read the article of New Zealand vs Australia Rothmans Cup Final 1990 - Rothmans Cup triangular one-day international tournament of the final played between Australia and New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland in 11th March 1990.

Pace bowling attack from Carl Rackemann, Greg Campbell and Terry Alderman before An unbeaten blazing century by Dean Jones powers Australia easy eight-wicket victory over New Zealand, despite a farewell innings from Richard Hadlee's career-best 79 and clinch the title in a one-sided game of the final of a Rothmans Cup triangular series.

Match Stats : 
  • Dean Jones became the third Australian batsman to scored two centuries against New Zealand in ODIs after Greg Chappell and Geoff Marsh.
  • Dean Jones became the second Australian batsman to scored five centuries in One-day internationals after Geoff Marsh's 7-hundreds.

New Zealand scored 162 for all-out in 49.2 overs with top scorer by Richard Hadlee hit a career-best 79 off 92-balls including 5-fours & 2-sixes.

Jeff Crowe scored 28 off 61-balls including two boundaries and Mark Greatbatch 11.

Australia best bowler by Carl Rackemann picked up 3-wickets for 22-runs in 10-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 2.

Greg Campbell captured three-wickets for 37-runs in 10-overs, Terry Alderman took 2-wickets and one for Simon O'Donnell - Peter Taylor.

Australia chased 164-2 in 39.1 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones hammered a unbeaten 102 off 91-balls - which was his 5th ODI hundred and his second century against New Zealand in ODIs.

Geoff Marsh scored 24 off consuming 71-balls without a boundary and Allan Border hit a unbeaten 19 off consumed 66-balls included 2-fours & a six.

New Zealand best bowler by John Bracewell and Danny Morrison both took one-wickets.

Dean Jones named Player of the match for his match-winning blazing unbeaten 102-runs knocked off facing 91-balls including 7-fours & 5-sixes with strike rate of 112.08.

This match reported by The Canberra Times Staff (Third Party Reference from The Canberra Times)

An uninvited Dean Jones ruined Richard Hadlee's farewell to Eden Park and led Australia to victory over New Zealand in the final of the triangular one-day series.

Hadlee, who announced after the match he had played his last one-day international and would retire from Test cricket after the one-off Test against Australia in Wellington later this week, lashed 79 from 92 deliveries to lift the Kiwis from a disastrous 5-33.

His brilliant hand enabled New Zealand to post 162. But Jones destoyed any hopes of a Kiwi victory, blasting an unbeaten 102 as Australia cruised to 2-164 and wrapped up the win with 10.5 overs to spare.

Hadlee and Jones have fought a series of skirmishes in recent years and while Hadlee's knock ensured he will be remembered as an ornament to the game, Jones was intent upon taking victory and making the occasion a bittersweet one for his former nemesis.

The Australian seam attack wrecked the top-order and the 38-year-old Hadlee embarked on a rescue mission, adding 80 with Jeff Crowe, who made 28.

Hadlee's highest one-day score included seven fours and two sixes, and, after being well caught by David Boon on the deep mid-wicket boundary off Carl Rackemann, he paused to salute each section of the crowd before departing.

"It was a gesture to say 'Thank you' to the crowd which has been so appreciative of me during the last 18 years," he said later. Skipper John Wright won the toss and elected to bat, but the specialist batsmen crumbled.

Rackemann had Wright caught by Ian Healy for four, and Andrew Jones (seven), Ken Rutherford (two) and Gavin Larsen (one) all failed badly.
Rackemann picked up 3-22 from his 10 overs while Greg Campbell finished with 3-37.

Then Hadlee's innings set the stage perfectly for a New Zealand revival, headed by the legend himself. However, Dean Jones would have none of it. the Victorian came to the wicket at 1-13 and raced to his fifth one-day century and second ton within a week.

His half-century was posted from 52 deliveries and the dashing right-hander struck seven boundaries and five sixes during his 135-minute knock.

Jones's timing and power, particularly between mid-on and mid-off where he hit four of his sixes, was breathtaking.

He determined he would dominate the New Zealand pacemen, striking two sixes off Hadlee and two more from Danny Morrison, charging down the wicket before the ball had been bowled.

Jones admitted after the match he is in the best form of his life at presentafter three exhilarating knocks of 107, 59 and 102 not out to follow his form in Australia.

Captain Allan Border said he was awe-
some. "Dean was as good today as I have seen," Border said. "Whenever he felt like hitting one over the fence, he did. It just seemed like that. When he's in that sort of form, you can't bowl to him."

Australia swept the one-day series with a perfect five wins from five matches and Border said his team was running at full steam into the Test starting on Thursday.

"The way we played today, in a final, was awesome, especially the first 15 overs," Border said.

Wright said his side was simply outclassed on the day by a far superior unit. "They are the best-organised one-day side I have played against," Wright said. "... they are very well-drilled."
He said New Zealand missed Martin Crowe, out with a groin strain. But Wright promised the Test would be much closer.



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