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Mark Chapman was looking comfortable before the incident occurred in the 18th over.

Mark Chapman takes his own wicket in most incredible way against Australia

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Mark Chapman was left red faced, both with embarrassment and possibly a little anger, after his luck ran out in the 18th over of the Twenty20 match against Australia.

New Zealand were in a commanding lead, batting first and reaching 220 for three, 16 off of 14 balls for Chapman, and it appeared that they were going to be taking a healthy lead into the break with a real target for Australia to beat.

But, as fast bowler Billy Stanlake delivered a bouncer, designed to hit the ground well before reaching the crease so it's at an awkward height for the batsman, the ball flew up at Chapman, who turned his back slightly, and knocked his helmet off.

If that wasn't bad enough, it bounced agonisingly close to the stumps before rotating onto the face guard and clipping the wicket.

The bail fell and it was suddenly 220 for four wickets.

Afterwards, Chapman clearly smiles ironically at the stumps to signify his disbelief at the unfortunate incident.

Australia went on to take another two wickets before they went onto bat.

Both David Warner and D'Arcy Short impressed with 59 and 76 runs respectively and the Aussies went on to win 245-5.

A six from Aaron Finch topped off the day nicely and put Australia in the record books, achieving the highest T20 chase in history, joining the West Indies, England, India, and South Africa on the all-time leaderboard.

And, many believe it is only a matter of time before Australia break the record again and reach that illustrious 250 run mark in a T20 International, a feat that has eluded so many teams before.

It's 13-years since the T20 Internationals begun with the very same match at Eden Park in Auckland and has since seen 12 nations join to play each other.

For England, this means they must beat New Zeland on Sunday in the tri-series eliminator to reach the final, but they might need Rachel Riley to do the maths for them.

If England score over 200 runs, they'd need to bowl New Zealand out for around the 180 mark. Although, this still may not be enough and another series of complicated math sums will be needed.

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