Sydney: Australia at last tasted victory having lost in five matches in row, when it defeated New Zealand by 32 runs in the third one-day international of the Richard-Hadlee trophy here on Sunday, thus keeping its chances open in the series.
Electing to bat first Australia put a challenging score of 301 runs for the Kiwis to chase who fell short by 32 runs despite brilliant knocks by Grant Elliot (115 runs from 124 balls) and Brendon McCullam (36 runs from 27 balls).
Earlier, for Australia it was the wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin who took the charge in batting making a stylish 109, which was well supported by half centuries of captain Michael Clarke (64) and Mike Hussey (51).
Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus and Craig White grabbed two wickets each for Australia to cut short the Kiwi run chase.
New Zealand bowlers maintained a good line and length but couldn"t manage to stop the flow of runs from the Aussie batsman. O" Brien was the pick of the bowler, taking three wickets while Kyle Mills and Grant Elliot scalped two each.
Kangaroos now trail the series 2-1.