In a much-awaited clash between the co-hosts, New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller. While defending a small total of 151, Australian bowlers never lost hopes and fought till the end to make a match out of nowhere. However, they lost the match by one wicket it was a heartening performance by left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc, who scalped six wickets in his nine overs and conceded mere 28 runs. In the end one can say that the match lived up to the expectations. Trent Boult received Man of the Match for his magnificent figures of 10-27-5. Overall it's a day of left arm-seamers.
New Zealand Innings
Over 22.4 || Score 152/9
First ball, Williamson launched the bowler for a six to win a thriller for New Zealand. What a game of cricket. New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket.
Cummins to bowl the crucial over. Six runs required, Williamson on strike.
Over 22.4 || Score 146/9
Four more wickets. Starc is on a roll here. Australia have made a match out of it. What a match! It can still be anyone's game. Six runs required and NZ just have one wicket in hand. Six wickets for Starc thus far.
TG Southee b Starc 0 (1b)
AF Milne b Starc 0 (2b
DL Vettori c Warner b Cummins 2 (3b)
L Ronchi c Haddin b Starc 6 (7b)
Over 20 || Score 137/5
Maxwell provides a wickets straight away. Anderson went for a slog sweep, couldn't connect it well as Cummins took a low catch at mid-wicket to perish the batsman. Half of the NZ batsmen are back in the hut. Luke Ronchi is the new man in. 15 runs required off 30 overs and NZ have five wickets in hand.
CJ Anderson c Cummins b Maxwell 26 (42b)
Over 18 || Score 129/4
Mitchell Marsh has been given the ball to roll his arm in the 18th over. But he proved expensive in his opening over as Williamson first pulled him for a boundary towards mid-wicket and then swatted him hard towards point to collect two boundaries. 23 runs required off the next 32 overs.
Over 15 || Score 108/4
Mitchell Johnson has been brought back into the attack. And Anderson welcomed the speedster by scoring 16 runs of the over. He first collected two boundaries before pulling him over the mid-wicket boundary for a six. And with that NZ have crossed the 100-run mark as well. Now 44 runs required off the next 35 overs.
Over 14 || Score 92/4
Kane Williamson is looking solid at the crease. He is driving the flicking the ball well. Three more runs have added to NZ's account in last two overs. NZ required 60 off 36 overs with six wickets in hand. Australia need a couple of wickets here to keep NZ under pressure.
Over 12 || Score 89/4
In the 12th over, Williamson played a back-foot punch towards point region off Cummins to collect his second boundary. Eight runs off the last two overs. It can still be any one's game as we know Australia are going to fight till the end. 63 required off 38 overs.
Over 10 || Score 81/4
Starc picks two in two. Immediately after coming back from the break, Starc clean bowled Elliott to get a chance to claim a hat-trick, as while going for the break he dismissed Taylor. However, he missed his hat-trick but there is still a hope left. Cummins and Starc are bowl in tandem, whereas, Corey Anderson and Kane Williamson are in the middle for NZ. 71 runs required off 40 overs with 6 wickets remaining.
GD Elliott b Starc 0 (1b)
Over 8.1 || Score 79/3
Starc picks up his second wicket as Taylor played a irresponsible shot early in his innings and paid heavy price for it. In trying to play a cross-batted shot, he missed the line of the ball and got clean bowled. Two wickets in quick succession for Australia. Is there a twist in the tail?
LRPL Taylor b Starc 1 (2b)
Over 8 || Score 79/2
Finally, Cummins gets the better of McCullum. After scoring a quick-fire fifty, when the blistering batsman tried to hit the bowler for a boundary towards long-off, he played the ball straight into the hands of the fielder. But the damage has already been done.
BB McCullum c Starc b Cummins 50 (24b)
Over 7 || Score 72/1
McCullum completed his fifty in mere 20 balls, with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes. In the seventh over he smashed Johnson all over the park to collect 17 from the over with the help of two boundaries and a six. NZ are scoring at a staggering run-rate of over 10 runs.
Over 5 || Score 50/1
Mitchell Starc Strikes! First breakthrough for Oz as opener Guptill walked back. The right-hander went for a drive, couldn't manage to keep the ball down as mid-off fielder took a sharp catch. But bad news for Oz is that McCullum is hitting the ball like a bullet. In the first five overs, NZ have touched the fifty-run mark.
MJ Guptill c Cummins b Starc 11 (14b)
Over 3 || Score 39/0
While chasing a small total of 151, NZ have got off to a flying start. It seems as if skipper and opener Brendon McCullum wants to wrap up the match as early as possible. In the fitst three overs they have reached to 39, with McCullum scoring 26 off 10 balls, laced with three boundaries and two sixes. 113 runs required off 47 overs.
Over 32.1 || Score 151/10
Corey Anderson picked up the last wicket of Haddin to bundle out Australia under a small total of 151. Boult was the pick among the bowlers as he scalped five wicket haul in his ten over quota.
Over 32 || Score 145/9
Milne is generating a good speed. He is consistently ticking 145 plus. Five runs off the last two. NZ still hunting for their last wicket. Now it's getting frustrating for the bowling side as the partnership for the last wicket has already added 39 runs.
Over 30 || Score 140/9
Boult is the man of the hour. He just rattled Oz batting line up. Is it the best bowling display by any bowler against Australia in the World Cup? Probably yes. Meanwhile off the last ball Haddin collected his fourth boundary off the last ball.
Over 29 || Score 136/9
Haddin is playing risky shots every now and then to collect as many runs as possible. In the 29th over he cut Southee for a boundary through third man to collect eight runs from the over.
Over 27 || Score 128/9
Brad Haddin is scoring runs swiftly, as he has no other option left. For the last wicket he has already added 22 runs with Cummins. Haddin has quickly moved to 24 off 24 balls with the help of two boundaries and a six. NZ are looking for their last wicket to restrict Oz under 150.
Over 25 || Score 125/9
Now another wickets maiden for Boult! Unbelievable performance by Boult. He completed his five-wicket haul. This time he got the better of Johnson and Starc. Pat Cummins and Brad Haddin are in for the last wicket.
MA Starc b Boult 0 (3b)
G Johnson c Williamson b Boult 1 (7b)
Over 20 || Score 104/7
Boult is on a roll here. Once Vettori scalped the crucial wicket of Steven Smith, Boult came out with an outstanding spell of seam bowling to reduce Oz to 104 for 7. In the 18th over of the innings, the left-arm pacer, got the wickets of dangerous Maxwell and Marsh within three balls. And then he picked up his third wicket in the form of Clarke. What a fine display of fast bowling. Australia are in deep deep trouble.
MJ Clarke c Williamson b Boult 12 (18b)
MR Marsh b Boult 0 (2b)
GJ Maxwell b Boult 1 (3b)
SPD Smith c Ronchi b Vettori 4 (11b)
Over 14 || Score 85/3
Two wickets in two balls! And New Zealand right back into the match. Vettori picked up his first wicket in 13th over in the form of Watson, who gave catch at deep mid-wicket while pulling a shot. And then in the first ball off the next over Southee got the better of dangerous Warner by trapping him in front of the wicket. Steven Smith and skipper Michael Clarke have walked in to bat after Oz lost two wickets in quick succession. What a turnaround!
SR Watson c Southee b Vettori 23 (30b)
DA Warner lbw b Southee 34 (42b)
Over 10 || Score 68/1
First bowling change. Surprisingly, spinner Daniel Vettori has been introduced into the attack. And the veteran hasn't disappointed at all as he has managed to put some breaks in the run scoring. In the last five overs, Australia only managed to score 20 runs after a flying start by their openers.
Over 5 || Score 48/1
Warner is in no mood to stop and is chopping the bowlers all over the ground. In Southee's over he smashed two boundaries as nine runs came from it. Australia have swiftly moved to 48.
Over 4 || Score 39/1
First breakthrough for NZ. Southee strikes, Finch Out! Super delivery. A full length ball by the seamer, which slightly came in after pitching and went through the gates of Finch. Shane Watson is the new man in. And he started his innings with a boundary by flicking the ball towards square leg. 15 came from the last two.
AJ Finch b Southee 14 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 24/0
Cracking start by Australia. In the first over by Southee, Oz collected 15 runs with Finch hitting eight from the over. In the next over off Boult, Warner hit the first six of the match with the help of a thick outside edge as nine came from it. Flying start by the Aussies as they already scored 24 in the first two.
Swashbuckling Australian openers -- Aaron Finch and David Warner -- are up in the middle to open the innings, while Tim Southee and Trent Boult are the strike bowlers for New Zealand.
Toss: Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first.
One of the most fierce cricketing rivalries will play out in what is expected to be a crackling contest when four-time champions Australia lock horns with underdogs-turned-contenders New Zealand in a group A match of the ICC World Cup here.
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New Zealand have been a team on the roll in this tournament, having notched three consecutive victories so far to be unbeaten and perched at the top in the points table.
Australia, on the other hand, have finished two games, of which only one has yielded a result. After thrashing England in the opener by 111 runs, the Aussies had to settle for a no result against minnows Bangladesh after cyclone Marcia poured cold water on their aim for a big victory.
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In Brendon McCullum, the Kiwis seem to have the big-hitting in-form batsman, who can turn the game on its head in any given circumstance.
Meanwhile, Australia would be boosted by the return of inspirational skipper Michael Clarke but his lack of match practice will be a concern for the co-hosts.
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New Zealand (from): Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Ross Taylor
Australia (from): Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wkt), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty.