An epic encounter between the favorites
What an exciting game of cricket it was between the two host nations, Australia and New Zealand at Auckland. New Zealand came out as winners, winning by a wicket in what was a very low scoring game.
Auckland is one of those grounds where the boundaries are short and you witness a high scoring game. But, both the teams bowled brilliantly in restricting the batsmen to a low total.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Their aim being to put up a big total and put pressure on the chasing team. They went of to a flying start scoring more 10 an over for the first few overs before Finch got out. Watson and Warner looked to maintain the scoring rate. Soon Watson was dismissed and a batting collapse took place. Australia lost 8 wickets for 26 runs, going from 80/1 to 106/9. Haddin and Cummins had a partnership of 45 runs for the last wicket taking Australia past 150.
Maxwell gets bowled out Source
New Zealand started on a positive note and looked to finish the match soon. McCullum was hitting the ball all over the park and raced to his fifty of just 23 balls. By then New Zealand had already scored 78 runs in 7.3 overs. McCullum was out on the next ball and a minor batting collapse took place with McCullum,Taylor and Elliot falling in a space of 4 deliveries.
Anderson and Williamson were taking the game away from Australia with just 21 needed with 6 wickets in hand. That’s when another batting collapse took place courtesy brilliant bowling by Starc. The match soon turned into Australia’s favor with 6 still needed and only 1 wicket in hand. Boult managed to survive the last 2 deliveries from Starc and Williamson showed his class by hitting the first delivery of the next over for a six and winning the match for New Zealand.
Williamson was the man for New Zealand Source
Trent Boult was awarded the Man of the Match for his terrific spell of bowling. He took 5 wickets in the match.
With this New Zealand have won all their matches by far including matches against the 3 big teams of Pool B and have yet again proved to be strong contenders for this World Cup.