New Zealand [ Images ] claimed a sensational victory over Australia [ Images ] in a high-scoring Twenty20 [ Images ] International in Christchurch after the tied game was decided in a remarkable one-over play-off.
New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum [ Images ] smashed an unbeaten 116 of 56 balls, inclusive of 12 fours and eight sixes, as the Black Caps scored 214-6 from their 20 overs.
It was the equal-sixth highest team score in T20 Internationals and the highest conceded by Australia.
In reply, Australia kept their cool as they stared at the biggest run chase in Twenty20 history, and came up one run short to also finish on 214-4, leaving the match tied.
Cameron White [ Images ] was unbeaten on 64 from 26 balls, hitting five fours and five sixes, in Australia's 4-214.
The tie forced the 'super over' format with both teams facing one extra over before 26,148 fans.
Southee stepped up for New Zealand, and restricted the Australians to six runs for the loss of one wicket off his over, which was chased down by the Black Caps with three balls to spare.
Both teams now head to Napier [ Images ] to play the first game of the five-match ODI series, on Wednesday.