Why is Eden Park such a fortress for the Kiwis those small boundaries, slowish wicket and an aggressive crowd which make for a cauldron atmosphere. Going into this match, the team with the moment in the tournament probably had a chance to nail their opposition and New Zealand had plenty going in. On the other hand Australia were struggling for just a little something, even though all the batsmen looked ok they were just missing a bit of time in the middle and not in the nets.
With New Zealand playing confidently in their three round games prior, they would have hoped the win was a little easier than it ended up. Their bowlers laid the foundation along with some good captaincy to bring the Australians undone.
Even though Australia got off to a very handy start, the introduction of Daniel Vettori changed the game on its ear. Vettori only picked up two wickets, the Aussies found it difficult to score off him which built pressure at both ends. Trent Boult starred for the Kiwis with magnificent figures where he ripped the middle order apart and put NZ in the driving seat. During this period, Australia lost eight for 26. Brad Haddin and Pat Cummins had to hold on for the last wicket to give Australia something to bowl at.
In my opinion, the key to Australia's success in trying to defend 151 was to be able to take early wickets. Unfortunately, the script was perfect for someone like Brendon McCullum to play the way he plays with such an aggressive nature up front, like no other batsman in the world at the moment. He set the tone against both Mitchells by hitting the first ball he faced against them for sixes.