Cricket Classics

Australia v New Zealand, TVS Cup 2003, Faridabad

Thursday, May 01, 2022
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When: 29 October, 2003
Where: Faridabad


  • Momentum with hosts: India’s morale coming into this ODI series was sky-high after their inspiring 2-1 Test series win over Australia.
  • On a roll: The Kangaroos were a class apart during the 2003 year having not lost a single ODI series in that season. Ponting’s brigade won four consecutive series (including the World Cup) prior to the TVS Cup and were gunning for their 5th straight tournament victory. 
  • Plenty of new faces: Both Australia and New Zealand had plenty of young and bright new talents in their team. Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Brad Williams, Brendon McCullum, Paul Hitchcock and Kyle Mills were all in the early days of their international career.
  • Wait before the opening salvo: Both Australia and New Zealand, who faced off in the third match of the series at Faridabad, had yet to taste success in the tournament.
  • The Kiwis first game of the series at Chennai was washed out because of rain and so they too were looking for their first win on the tour.

    The Black Caps’ track record against the Kangaroos had been decent. The Kiwis always had been eminent in giving their neighbours a tough time. So the stage was set for a close encounter between the two South Pacific nations.

    It was a day match at the Nahar Singh Stadium in Faridabad and despite home team India not competing on that day, there was decent crowd in the arena.

    The pitch in Faridabad had historically been known to assist seamers, and this day turned out to be no different. The pitch sported a grass cover on it and there was some early morning moisture available in the air to the aid of the fast bowlers. New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming called right at the toss and opted to bat first, perhaps hoping the moisture in the track and the assistance in the atmosphere would soon dry out.

    Australia named an unchanged side from the previous game while the Kiwis brought in opener Chris Nevin in place of an experienced Chris Cairns who was nursing an injury.

    The World Champions bowling attack comprised of young faces like Nathan Bracken and Brad Williams as seasoned campaigners Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee were all ruled out due to the injury.

    Horrific start:

    A tentative Chris Nevin was expected to get New Zealand off to an encouraging start along with his skipper Fleming at the other end. But Bracken had other plans, and with his just second delivery he trapped Nevin L.B.W for a duck.

    Fleming must have ruined his call to bat first when he too found it difficult to score runs out in the middle. The southpaw took as many as 17 balls for his two runs before he nicked one off Nathan Bracken, and Adam Gilchrist behind the stumps did the rest.

    Lou Vincent's miserable stay at the crease ended when he miscued a pull to Andy Bichel. The right-hander failed to open his account. The Kiwis were in deep trouble at that juncture, struggling at 11 for three in the 6th over.

    Swing and Seam blend:

    The unseasoned pace duo of Bracken and Brad Williams were thankful that they were given the opportunity to utilise the conditions first. Both the youngsters kept landing the ball in the right areas consistently and they made good use of the assistance available and were beating the willow on regular basis.

    Of the two, burly Williams was more lethal because of his lively pace and the extra bounce he extracted off the pitch. Brad was seaming the ball effectively and had the Kiwi batsmen cornered from his end. As a result the New Zealand wickets started falling like a pack of cards.

    Aussie celebrations:


  • Man of the Match Brad Williams picked up his then best bowling figures of 4-22.
  • The dismal score of 97 runs was New Zealand’s fifth ever lowest ODI total while third lowest against Australia.
  • New Zealand’s 97 all out remains the lowest ODI total at the Nahar Singh Stadium in Faridabad venue.
  • Being three wickets down in the sixth over, the Black Caps needed some resiliency from their middle order but that didn’t happen. Scott Styris was next to go, as he attempted an expensive drive through the off side but ended up edging a straight-forward catch to Ricky Ponting at second slip off Brad Williams.

    Tall all-rounder Jacob Oram lasted only two balls before edging Bracken and gifting Gilchrist his second grasp of the match. With five wickets down for 21 runs in less than nine overs, things were looking really dark for the Kiwis.

    A despairing effort:

    It was all left to the experienced duo of Craig McMillan and Chris Harris to bail their team out of trouble. Fifty desperate runs were added for the 6th wicket by the two Kiwi batsmen in 95 balls.

    Just when New Zealand seemed to build some momentum, Ian Harvey struck in time for the Australians and provided a vital breakthrough. The medium-pace bowler got Harris out leg before wicket in the 25th over. The southpaw took as many as 48 balls to score his 14 runs.

    Andy Bichel soon accounted for Craig McMillan by trapping him L.B.W. McMillan’s gritty knock of 24 runs took 59 balls and 97 minutes.

    Start of downfall:

    With all the big guns back in the hut, the Kiwi downslide was all set to begin. Brad Williams was brought back into the attack to wipe off the tail. He responded well by getting Brendon McCullum, the last recognised New Zealand batsman caught by Damien Martyn for just five runs.

    Ian ‘Freak’ Harvey chipped in again with the wicket of Daniel Vettori this time. Vettori too was trapped L.B.W for a duck, the fourth Black Cap’s batter to get out in that fashion.

    The tailend pair of Paul Hitchcock and Tuffey pushed the score forward with a 17-run stand for the last wicket. But an unstoppable Brad Williams finished everything off by dismissing Hitchcock for 10 runs and picking up his career-best haul of 4-22.


  • Young guns Nathan Bracken and Brad Williams established themselves as high-caliber international bowlers during the series. Bracken came forth as the top wicket-taker of the tournament with 14 scalps while Williams was behind him with 11.
  • Another brilliant find for Australia during the series was Micheal Clarke. The youngster caught everyone’s eye with dazzling performances with both bat and ball and justified his talent with a Man of the Match award in the final.
  • New Zealand was bundled out for a humiliating total of 97 runs in the 34th over – although conditions were similar to the ones they’d encounter back home, the Kiwi collapsed to their fifth ever lowest total in one-day cricket.

    Brad Williams was supported well by new ball partner Nathan Bracken who scalped three wickets at the expense of 25 runs. Harvey was rewarded for some sharp bowling with the wickets of Harris and Vettori.

    Blistering assault:

    Chasing a meager target of 98 runs would never have been a trouble for the formidable Australian batting line-up. The dangerous opening duo of Hayden and Gilchrist came out in the middle with the intention to knock off the runs quickly.

    Both the southpaws went after the Kiwi bowling from the word go. Gilchrist cracked as many as three boundaries in Tuffey’s first over sending the signal straight away that he wasn’t going to waste any time. The pitch lost all its early morning moisture and it seemed like there were no more devils left in the 22-yard track.

    The Aussie glove man smashed 29 runs off 18 balls, which included five thumping boundaries and a flat six. With the opening stand reaching 47 runs in just five overs, Jacob Oram brought an end to Gilchrist’s fireworks by accepting a return catch.


    Brad Williams (4-22)

    Brad Williams:  
    It was Brad Williams’ devastating bowling spell which propelled Australia to a crushing 8-wicket victory over old foe New Zealand in the 3rd match of the TVS Cup. The Victorian picked a four-for to pocket the Man of the Match award and destroy the Kiwi top order.

    Williams was one of the reasons for Australia’s success in the series, as he ended second behind compatriot Bracken in the leading wicket-takers list with 11 victims.

    It was Brad Williams’ devastating bowling spell which propelled Australia to a crushing 8-wicket victory over old foe New Zealand in the 3rd match of the TVS Cup. The Victorian picked a four-for to pocket the Man of the Match award and destroy the Kiwi top order.

    Big Matthew Hayden paced his innings well and was scoring at a brisk rate. The Queenslander was rotating the strike well, punishing the bad deliveries and was marching his way towards a fine half-century. 

    Skipper Ricky Ponting who walked in after Gilchrist was dismissed, took his own time to settle down. ‘Punter’ added another 43 runs for the 2nd wicket with Hayden in 59 deliveries. His 12-run stint at the crease ended after he poked a Daryl Tuffey delivery to offer wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum a regulation catch.

    With just eight runs more needed to clinch a comprehensive victory, Damien Martyn came in to bat next.

    With the scores level, Hayden needed three more runs to get to his fifty. The left-hander whipped Tuffey off his pads through the mid wicket region for a boundary and scripted a comprehensive 8-wicket victory.

    Hayden remained unbeaten on 51 runs off 53 deliveries. His 18th one-day half-century included seven dashing boundaries and a massive hit over the boundary ropes. Martyn scored two runs and was not out at the other end. Tuffey took a major thrashing as he shelled out 51 runs in less than seven overs.

    Brad Williams deservingly pocketed the Man of the Match award for demolishing the Kiwi batting line-up. Australia picked up the momentum from this match, as they were successful in grasping a bonus point that placed them right at the top of the table. Ricky Ponting’s men didn’t lose any further matches in the tournament on their easy road to the final.

    Australia went on to clinch the TVS Cup by edging out hosts India in the final at Kolkata by 37 runs.

    Brief Scores:-
    Australia 101/2 in 16.4 overs (Hayden 51*, Gilchrist 29) defeated New Zealand 97 all out in 33.4 overs (McMillan 24, Williams 4/22, Bracken 3/25)