Australia emerged victorious by a margin of 86 runs against New Zealand in match 37 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Lord's London on Saturday. The Aussies posted a total of 243 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs as Trent Boult picked a hat-trick eventually finishing with four wickets.
Usman Khawaja was the highest run-scorer for the outfit with 88 runs off 129 deliveries in an innings comprising of five boundaries. New Zealand were in turn bundled out for 157 as Mitchell Starc completed his second five-wicket haul in the tournament with further support from Jason Behendroff who picked two wickets.
There were no centuries on show even though Usman Khawaja was extremely close to the milestone being the top-scorer of the day with 88 runs. This was the case even in the previous fixture of the day between Pakistan and Afghanistan where the former emerged victorious by a margin of three wickets, with Imad Wasim the top-scorer at 49.
A total of 19 centuries have been scored in the Cricket World Cup 2019 so far.
England batsman Joe Root had scored the first century of Cricket World Cup 2019 in the match against Pakistan. Root had scored 107 runs in that match. Root's teammate Jos Butler had also scored a century in the same match but despite the two centuries, the hosts faced a 14-run defeat against Pakistan.
The third century of the World Cup 2019 was hit by Indian opener Rohit Sharma against South Africa at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton. Riding on Rohit's unbeaten 122, India defeated the Proteas by six wickets in their opening match of the World Cup.
Here is a list of centuries scored in Cricket World Cup 2019 till New Zealand vs Australia match on June 29 (Saturday):
|3||Rohit Sharma||122*||144||India||South Africa||Won|
|5||Shakib Al Hasan||121||119||Bangladesh||England||Lost|
|8||Joe Root||100*||94||England||West Indies||Won|
|9||Aaron Finch||153||132||Australia||Sri Lanka||Won|
|11||Shakib Al Hasan||124*||99||Bangladesh||West Indies||Won|
|13||Kane Williamson||106*||138||New Zealand||South Africa||Won|
|16||Kane Williamson||148||154||New Zealand||West Indies||Won|
|17||Carlos Brathwaite||101||82||West Indies||New Zealand||Lost|
|19||Babar Azam||101*||127||Pakistan||New Zealand||Won|
England opener Jason Roy hit a stunning 153 off just 121 balls in the match against Bangladesh to register the fourth century of the ongoing World Cup. Roy's century played an important role in helping England defeat Bangladesh by 106 runs. The fifth ton of World Cup 2019 was scored by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the same match. Shakib played superbly to score 121 but his century went in vain.
Left-handed Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a masterly 117 runs off 109 deliveries against Australia to hit the sixth century of this World Cup. Dhawan's ton against Australia to help India beat the five-time World Cup winners by 36 runs and register their second win in as many matches.
Australian opener David Warner started his World Cup 2019 campaign in style by hitting the seventh century of the quadrennial event in the match against Pakistan. Warner's 107 off 111 balls guided Aussies to a 41-run against Pakistan.
Joe Root scored his second century and 2019 World Cup's eighth century in the match against West Indies at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton. Root batted well to score unbeaten 100 and helped England win the match by eight wickets.
Australian opener and captain Aaron Finch scored the ninth century of the World Cup 2019 in the match against Sri Lanka at The Oval. Finch hit a stroke-filled 153 off 132 balls to help his side register an 87-run win over Sri Lanka.
Rohit Sharma scored the tenth ton of Cricket World Cup 2019 in the blockbuster contest against Pakistan. Sharma looked in fine touch in the match at Manchester and batted fluently to score 140 runs off just 113 balls. Sharma's century helped India to defeat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method).
Shakib Al Hasan continued his brilliant form in the match against West Indies and hit unbeaten 124 to register the eleventh ton of Cricket World Cup 2019. Shakib's innings allowed Bangladesh to register an important seven-wicket win against West Indies.
England captain Eoin Morgan scored the twelfth ton of World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan. Morgan's hit a record 17 sixes in his innings to score 148 runs off 71 balls. The thirteenth century of the World Cup 2019 was scored by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson against South Africa at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. Williamson's 106 not out of 138 balls helped the Kiwis beat South Africa.
Warner continued his good form to score the fourteenth ton of Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh. The left-handed Australian opener faced 147 deliveries to score 166 runs and help Australia win the match by 48 runs. Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim scored the fifteenth century of the World Cup 2019 in the same match. Rahim remained unbeaten on 102 but his ton went in vain.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson scored the sixteenth century of Cricket World Cup 2019 in the match against West Indies at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester. Williamson led from the front and went on to hit 148 runs off 154 balls, which helped the Kiwis win the match by five runs. Carlos Brathwaite scored the seventeenth century of World Cup 2019 in the same match but West Indies lost the match despite Brathwaite's century. Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam batted superbly to score 101 runs off 127 balls against New Zealand to register the eighteenth century of ongoing World Cup.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shakib Al Hasan, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Rohit Sharma have scored two centuries each, while Bazar Azam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Carlos Brathwaite and Shikhar Dhawan have scored one ton each. It is to be noted that Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup with a thumb injury. A total of 38 centuries were scored in the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.