One-day international, Christchurch: New Zealand 332-8 (49.0 overs) beat Australia 331-7 (50 overs) by two wickets
New Zealand reached the highest target ever in a one-day international for a consolation two-wicket victory over Australia in Christchurch.
New Zealand celebrated a consolation victory
Man of the match Scott Styris smashed a century off 94 balls.
And Brendon McCullum hit an unbeaten 50 off 25 balls to overhaul the tourists' massive 331-7 with six balls to spare.
Ricky Ponting (75) had steered Australia out of early trouble at 7-2 and Mike Hussey hit 88 of 56 balls, taking 125 off the final 10 overs.
HIGHEST SUCCESSFUL CHASES
332-8 New Zealand v Australia, Christchurch, 2005/06
330-7 Australia v South Africa, Port Elizabeth, 2001/02
326-8 India v England, Lord's, 2002
325-5 India v West Indies, Ahmedabad, 2002/03
319-7 Pakistan v India, Ahmedabad, 2004/05
In all McCullum, guilty of dropping Ponting early in his innings, hit three fours and four sixes.
Jacob Oram joined him in a stand of 63 for the seventh wicket, his 42 taking 37 deliveries.
Twenty runs were needed off the last two overs and New Zealand achieved it in a single over from Mick Lewis, with McCullum and stand-in captain Daniel Vettori both hitting sixes.
The previous highest successful run chase was the 330-7 Australia scored against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in April 2002.
Pakistan have the highest second-innings record of 344-8, although they lost that match to India by five runs.
Australia had already won the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series, after taking a 2-0 lead.
The second game, just three days ago, was another run feast with the teams make 642 runs between them.
Hussey's score was his highest in a one-day game for Australia
New Zealand had both Australia openers back in the pavilion in the fourth over.
Adam Gilchrist was trapped lbw by Kyle Mills on the third ball of the match and Chris Martin celebrated his first one-day match in five years by snapping up Simon Katich in his second over.
Captain Ponting had a reprieve when wicket-keeper McCullum dropped a regulation chance off Martin.
Ponting moved to 8,498 runs in 238 one-day matches, within a shot of Mark Waugh's Aussie record of 8,500 from 244 appearances.
Brad Hodge posted his first international half-century, making 59 in all, and Michael Clarke 71 before giving Martin his second wicket
And Martin struck again with his very next ball with the dismissal of Cameron White
But the hat-trick eluded him as Nathan Bracken came to the crease to join Hussey in a rollicking final stand worth 72 runs in the final five overs.
New Zealand made a poor start to their reply, losing Stephen Fleming for a duck, Nathan Astle (14) Chris Cairns (six), all from poor shot selection.
Fleming, the super-sub on his return to the side after surgery, chased a wide Nathan Bracken delivery while Cairns nicked Lewis behind before Oram and McCullum came together.