Symonds powers Aus to 322 against Kiwis

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Andrew Symonds bludgeoned 156 runs in a record-breaking innings and partnership as Australia reached 322 for five against New Zealand.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Andrew Symonds bludgeoned 156 runs in a record-breaking innings and partnership as Australia reached 322 for five, batting first on Wednesday in its second-limited overs cricket international against New Zealand. Symonds belted 12 fours and eight sixes in a breathtaking innings, his highest in one-day cricket, and shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 220 with Michael Clarke, unbeaten on 82. The partnership was the highest for the fifth wicket for Australia in one-day internationals and came within four of runs of being the largest for the fifth wicket in all limited-overs internationals. Australia's total was the largest ever posted at Wellington's Westpac Stadium and Symonds' individual innings, his third century in one-day internationals, was the highest total recorded by any batsman in New Zealand. Symonds shines Symonds came to the wicket when Australia was 50-3, struggling for runs on a docile pitch and, at a steadily accelerating pace, launched one of the most spectacular assaults on a bowling attack ever seen in limited overs cricket. He took a minor role at first in a 51-run fourth-wicket partnership with Simon Katich (36) then found his perfect foil in Clarke, who complemented his aggression with subtlety which brought his 82 runs from only 77 balls. Symonds two consecutive sixes from the slow right-armers of Nathan Astle in the 37th over, steadily leading Australia from 100 in the 21st over to 200 in the 39th. He then let rip, pounding the New Zealand bowling with shots that were both classic and improvised and dashing to his century off only 109 balls. Kyle Mills had bowled an outstanding opening spell, taking the wickets of Adam Gilchrist (8) and Ricky Ponting (26) at a cost of only 24 runs from eight overs. When Mills returned to the attack in the 47th over he found Symonds in his most belligerent mood and saw the first two deliveries of his second spell dispatched into the terraces. Chris Cairns, who had dropped Symonds off Jacob Oram's bowling when he was only 14 saw the first three balls of his next over similarly dispatched for sixes. Record partnership Symonds and Clarke raced to a fifth-wicket partnership record for Australia against New Zealand, surpassing Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist's 189, then a fifth-wicket record for Australia against all-comers. They took Australia from 200 to 300 in 10 overs and Symonds individually raced from 100 to 150 from only 16 balls. In total his partnership with Clarke lasted only 106 minutes and he was out two balls from the end of the Australian innings, bowled by Daniel Vettori. Vettori was again New Zealand's best bowler, taking 1-51 from 10 overs. Mills conceded 46 runs from his last two overs, James Franklin gave up 36 runs from four overs and Jacob Oram 39 from five. Australia had a 147-run win in Auckland on the weekend in game one of the three-match series. (AP)

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