A tighter finish would have been tough to produce as New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket in Auckland on Saturday, taking it down to the wire in chasing a small target and needing Kane Williamson to save them.
The World Cup match everyone has been waiting two weeks for has finally arrived, as New Zealand host Australia in Auckland, with both sides enjoying a long break before this fixture.
On the eve of their crunch World Cup Pool A match against Australia, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has promised that his team will stick to the aggressive approach that has worked so well for them in the recent past.
More than a third into the 2015 World Cup's 49 matches, opportunity knocks to judge the five best performances so far...
New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori is a veteran that has already played in 289 ODI's, but he will face a new challenge if he lines up in a World Cup Pool A match against Australia in Auckland on Saturday.