Wellington: New Zealand ended their unsuccessful Chappell-Hadlee series on a high with a fine 51-run victory over Australia in Wellington cutting the victory margin to 3-2 in favour of the tourists.
Four wickets apiece for Shane Bond and Tim Southee lifted New Zealand to a 51-run win over Australia in the final Chappell-Hadlee one-day international.
Scott Styris hit 55 as the Black Caps, who went into the game trailing 3-1 in the best-of-five series, recovered from 32-3 to set a target of 242.
New Zealand vs Australia, 5th ODI- Scorecard
Although the series was already lost, the Black Caps were determined to end on a high, especially with the two-Test series beginning next week.
Daniel Vettori's men did just that, as a superb bowling performance ensured they at last grabbed some momentum back after suffering two heavy defeats as the Aussies clinched the series.
Another below-par effort with the bat saw New Zealand post 241-9 off their 50 overs at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, but four wickets apiece for Shane Bond and Tim Southee helped them successfully defend that total.
Bond recorded figures of 4-26 while Southee had career best one-day figures of 4-36 off nine overs as Australia were bowled out for just 190 after 46.1 overs.