• Bracken to the rescue

    Nathan Bracken was the hero the day Australia beat New Zealand by a single run in a T20 international in Sydney in 2009.

    Chasing 151 for victory, Brendon McCullum smashed 61 from 47 to take his team to the brink, but Bracken bowled a sequence of 10 dot balls in a row which ultimately cost the Black Caps dearly.

    Needing 14 runs off the last over, Bracken (0-16 in four) only conceded two runs from the first four deliveries, including a run-out off the first ball, to leave New Zealand needingĀ 12 from the final two balls.

    Nathan McCullum hit a four and a six to end the innings, but it left his team one run short of winning a tense game.

    Bracken became just the second Australian bowler to register a maiden in Twenty20 internationals with his first over to Peter Fulton, then proceeded to tie down the lively McCullum for a further four deliveries before conceding a run. He was later summoned by his captain Brad Haddin to close out the New Zealand innings, and he did not disappoint.


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