Defending champions Australia defended 243 with some brilliant bowling, backed up by stunning fielding efforts, to beat New Zealand by 86 runs at Lord's, London on Saturday. Australia are through to the semis
, but the win will help the Aaron Finch-led side top the table. Get the highlights and score of the 37th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand versus Australia here.
01:19 AM IST: Mitchell Starc gets the wicket, that of Mitchell Santner to wrap up Kiwi innings for 157 runs.
01:02 AM IST: OUT! Sodhi departs. New Zealand are 141/8 after 40 overs.
00:51 AM IST: Mitchell Starc on with his seventh over. Just one single, of the third ball, taken by James Neesham. NZ-131/6 after 38 overs. 11 runs and one wicket in the last five overs.
00:47 AM IST: Nathan Lyon on with his seventh over. Four runs from it. NZ-130/6 after 37 overs. They need 114 runs from 78 balls.
00:44 AM IST: Mitchell Starc returns, and right away gets the wicket of Tom Latham (14 off 28), courtesy a Steve Smith screamer at midwicket. That's Superman stuff. That's one of the greatest. FoW-125/6 (35.3). Mitchell Santner, left-handed batsman, is the new man. Two runs from the over. NZ-126/6 after 36 overs. They need 118 runs from 84 balls.
00:38 AM IST: Glenn Maxwell continues. Singles off the last three balls. NZ-124/5 after 35 overs. They need 120 runs from 90 balls.
00:34 AM IST: Nathan Lyon on with his sixth over. A single off the last ball. NZ-121/5 after 34 overs. They need 123 runs. 14 runs and two wickets in the last five overs.
00:31 AM IST: Steven Smith returns. And he sends dangerous Colin de Grandhomme (0 off 1) back. Caught at wide long-off by Usman Khawaja. FoW-118/5 (32.1 overs). Jimmy Neesham is the new man. Two runs from the over. NZ-120/5 after 33 over. They need 124 runs.
Waiting! Alex Carey shows patience. AP Photo
00:26 AM IST: Pat Cummins continues, and gets the wicket of Ross Taylor (30 off 54), who just completed 1000 ODI runs against Australia. Skier, and caught by Alex Carey. FoW-118/4 (31.4 overs). Colin de Grandhomme is the new man. Six runs from the over. NZ-118/4 after 32 overs.
00:19 AM IST: Glenn Maxwell returns for his third over. Four singles from it. NZ-112/3 after 31 overs.
00:15 AM IST: Pat Cummins returns for his fifth over. A single from the over. NZ-108/3 after 30 overs. They need 136 runs from 120 balls.
00:12 AM IST: Nathan Lyon continues. Three singles, and a chance to run-out Ross Taylor. The veteran Kiwi batsman plays the fifth ball to mid-wicket and scampers for a single. But at the striker's end, Tom Latham launches himself to beat the ball. And he survives. NZ-107/3 after 29 overs.
00:07 AM IST: Mitchell Starc on with his fifth over. Just a single, off the fifth ball. NZ-104/3 after 28 overs.
00:04 AM IST: Nathan Lyon returns. Five runs -- three singles and a double -- from the over. NZ-103/3 after 27 overs. They need 141 runs.
Kan Williamson walks back. AP Photo
00:00 AM IST: Mitchell Starc returns. And he gets the big wicket of Kane Williamson (40 off 51), caught behind. Soft dismissal. Tom Latham, left-handed batsman, is the new man. Six runs from the over. NZ-98/3 after 26 overs.
11:55 PM IST: Glenn Maxwell continues. Two singles, with the second one helping Kane Williamson reach 6000 ODI runs. He hits the fifth ball for a four, by lofting over mid-off. Seven runs from the over. NZ-92/2 after 25 overs.
11:51 PM IST: Marcus Stoinis on with his second over. Kane Williamson hits the third ball for a six, over mid-wicket boundary -- first of the match. Eight runs from the over. NZ-85/2 after 24 overs. They need 159 runs.
11:47 PM IST: Another bowling change. Gleen Maxwell, off-spinner, on. Four runs from the over. NZ-77/2 after 23 overs.
11:44 PM IST: Bowling change. Marcus Stoinis, right-arm medium pacer, on. Five from his first over. NZ-73/2 after 22 overs. They need 171 runs.
11:40 PM IST: Aaron Finch, left-arm spinner, into the attack. Ross Taylor hits the fifth ball for a four, to fine leg. First boundary for the Kiwis since 12th over. Seven runs from the over. NZ-68/2 after 21 overs.
11:36 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff on with his ninth over. Two wides and two singles from the over. NZ-61/2 after 20 overs. They need 183 runs from 180 overs.
11:32 PM IST: Bowling change. Steven Smith, leg spinner, on. Four singles. NZ-57/2 after 19 overs.
11:29 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff on with his eighth over. Four runs from the over. NZ-53/2 after 18 overs.
11:24 PM IST: Nathan Lyon continues with his third over. Two singles from it. NZ-49/2 after 17 overs.
11:18 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff continues. Just a single from his seventh over. NZ-47/2 after 16 overs. They need 197 runs. Drinks.
11:15 PM IST: Nathan Lyon continues. Singles off the first and third overs. NZ-46/2 after 15 overs.
11:10 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff gets his second. Traps Martin Guptill (20 off 43) in front. FoW-42/2 (13.1). Ross Taylor is the new man. Two runs from the over. NZ-44/2 after 14 overs. They need 200 runs.
11:05 PM IST: Bowling change. Nathan Lyon, off-spinner, on. Two singles from the over. NZ-42/1 after 13 overs. They need 202 runs.
11:01 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff continues. Kane Williamson hits the first ball for a four, a trademark shot from the Kiwi skipper though cover. Seven runs from the over. NZ-40/1 after 12 overs.
10:56 PM IST: Pat Cummins on with his fourth over. Singles off the first and fourth balls. NZ-33/1 after 11 overs.
10:51 PM IST: Lucky Jason Behrendorff gets the first New Zealand wicket. Henry Nicholls (8 off 20), caught behind. FoW-29/1 (9.2 overs). Kane Williamson is the new man. And he takes a double off the fourth ball, behind square. Two runs from the over. NZ-31/1 after 10 overs. They need 213 runs.
10:46 PM IST: Pat Cummins on with his third over. First maiden over of the innings, to Martin Guptill.
10:41 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff returns. A single off the last ball as Martin Guptill avoids facing a maiden over. He also survives a close LBW shot, with Aussies not taking the review. NZ-29/0 after eight overs. They need 215 runs.
10:37 PM IST: Pat Cummins on with his second over. A single off the first ball as Martin Guptill plays to third man. Henry Nicholls 'blocks' the remaining five deliveries. NZ-28/0 after seven overs.
10:33 PM IST: Mitchell Starc continues. Henry Nicholls hits the first two balls for fours, to long-on and deep square leg. Nine runs from the over. NZ-27/0 after six overs. They need 217 runs.
10:28 PM IST: Early bowling change for Australia. Pat Cummins, right-arm fast bowler, into the attack. Martin Guptill hits the first ball for a four, to fine leg. That's all from the over. NZ-18/0 after five overs.
Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz congratulate each other after vanquishing spirited Afghans. AP Photo
Meanwhile, a huge RESULT for Pakistan. They scrapped through a three-wicket win to get two points and keep the pressure on England. For Afghanistan, ever reliable Rashid Khan leaked ten runs in the penultimate over. With six needing from six, Pakistan finished off with a four, off the blade of Imad Wasim who remained unbeaten on 49. Yes, captain Gulbadin Naib was bowling the last over.
10:24 PM IST: Mitchell Starc continues. Three dots to Martin Guptill, then a wide. Another couple of dots, then a leg-bye. Two runs from the over. Almost as good as a maiden. AUS-14/0 after four overs.
10:18 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff continues. Martin Guptill gets a double off the first ball, behind point. Three dots, then blast the fifth ball for a four through covers. A wide, down the lag. Very good take from Alex Carey. And the extra balls produces three runs as Guptill plays it top longish long-on. 10 runs from the over. NZ-12/0 after three overs.
Too early to have footwear issues. Mitchell Starc gets a new shoe. AP Photo
10:13 PM IST: Mitchell Starc, left-arm fast bowler, on. A single off the fourth ball. NZ-2/0 after two overs.
10:09 PM IST: Jason Behrendorff, left-arm fast-medium pacer, gets the new ball. Martin Guptill, right-handed batsman, takes a single, to mid-off. Five dots to left-handed Henry Nicholls. NZ-1/0 after one over.
Trent Boult becomes the first New Zealand bowler to take a World Cup hattrick, claiming the wickets of Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff in the last over. Kiwis themselves got off to a dream start, reducing the Aussies to 92/5 inside the 22nd over. But Khawaja (88 off 129) and Alex Carey (71 off 72) put together 107 runs for the sixth wicket to help Aussies to a good total. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson enjoyed a very good spell, 1/25 in seven overs. He was the who broke that stand.
9:36 PM IST: Trent Boult on with the last over. Two singles, then Boult cleans up Usman Khawaja (88 off 129). A fighting knock comes to an end. Boult on a hattrick. Mitchell Starc getting a taste of his own medicine. Hits the middle stump. And Boult gets it, that too at Lord's. He traps Jason Behrendorff in front with another yorker. Second hattrick of the tournament, and first for New Zealand in the World Cup. Then a dot to the last man. Two runs from the over. His figures: 10-1-51-4. AUS-242/9
9:26 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson on with his last over. Two singles, and a well-directed bouncer to Usman Khawaja. A single to fine leg. A full toss, but Pat Cummins only manages to send the ball as far as the third man for a double. Another full toss, but this time Cummins hits it through extra cover for a four. Nine runs from the over. AUS-241/6 after 49 overs. Ferguson's figures: 10-0-49-2.
9:22 PM IST: Trent Boult on with his ninth over. Usman Khawaja gets a lucky four, off the third ball, to fine leg boundary. The left-handed batsman almost yorked himself, but got lucky. Eight runs from the over. AUS-232/8 after 48 overs.
9:18 PM IST: Ish Sodhi on with his sixth over. A dot to Pat Cummins, then four doubles, including a couple of skiers falling short of fielders. Nine runs from the over. AUS-224/6 after 47 overs. 30 runs and a wicket in the last five overs.
9:13 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson on with his penultimate over. Usman Khawaja hits the first ball for a four, over backward point. And singles off the second and sixth balls. Six runs from the over. AUS-215/6 after 46 overs.
9:10 PM IST: Ish Sodhi returns for his fifth over. Usman Khawaja hits the fifth ball for a four. A beautiful reverse sweep. Seven runs from the over. AUS-209/6 after 45 overs.
9:05 PM IST: Pat Cummins is the new man for Australia. Lockie Ferguson on with his eighth over. Three singles. AUS-202/6 after 44 overs.
Skipper talking with the ball! Kane Williamson breaks the century stand. AP Photo
9:01 PM IST: Kane Williamson on with his seventh over. Five singles, then the wicket of Alex Carey (71 off 72). Caught at extra cover by Martin Guptill. FoW-199/6 (42.6). Five runs from the over.
8:57 PM IST: Trent Boult on with his eighth over. Two dots, then Alex Carey plays the third ball over cover for a double. That brings up 100-run stand with Usman Khawaja, in 120 balls. Four runs from the over. AUS-194/5 after 42 overs.
8:53 PM IST: Kane Williamson continues. Just two singles. AUS-190/5 after 41 overs. 98 runs for the sixth wicket between Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey in 117 balls. At one time, Aussies were 92/5.
8:51 PM IST: Trent Boult returns for his sixth over. Alex Carey hits the third ball for a four, through cover. He overtakes Usman Khawaja (62 off 99) now. 65 from 64 balls for him. Six runs from the over. AUS-188/5 after 40 overs.
8:46 PM IST: Kane Williamson on with his fifth over. Three singles. His figures so far: 0/18. AUS-182/5 after 39 overs. 26 runs from the last five overs.
8:43 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson returns. Two dots to Alex Carey, then a double as Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman plays the third ball to backward point. A dot then, pulls the fifth ball for a four, to deep mid-wicket. Controlled shot. No exaggeration. A dot to end the six-run over. AUS-178/5 after 38 overs.
8:40 PM IST: Kane Williamson on with his fourth over. Singles off the last two balls. AUS-172/5 after 37 overs.
Another fifty! Alex Carey showing his class with an attacking knock. AP Photo
8:37 PM IST: Jimmy Neesham returns for his sixth over. Alex Carey hits the first ball for a four, to deep mid-wicket, then after two dots, he gets a streaky four, beating the wicket-keeper. And fifty, in 47 balls. Third fifty for him in this tournament. 10 runs from the over. AUS-170/5 after 36 overs.
8:33 PM IST: Kane Williamson rushing through his overs here. Four singles from his third over. A run-out chance, but Usman Khawaja survives. Martin Guptill fails to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. AUS-160/5 after 35 overs.
8:30 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme on with his eighth over. Alex Carey hits the fourth ball for a four through mid-wicket. Six runs from the over. AUS-156/5 after 34 overs.
8:27 PM IST: Kane Williamson resumes the proceedings after Drinks. Three singles from the over. AUS-150/5 after 33 overs. 24 runs from the last five overs.
Fighting knock from Usman Khawaja. AP Photo
8:22 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme on with his seventh over. Usman Khawaja plays the first ball behind square leg for a double, and his 12th ODI fifty, coming in 80 balls. Six runs from the over. AUS-147/5 after 32 overs. 55-run stand in 63 balls for the sixth wicket. Drinks.
8:19 PM IST: Bowling change. Skipper Kane Williamson, off-spinner, introduces himself into the attack. Five runs from the over. AUS-141/5 after 31 overs.
8:15 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme continues. And again, a four off the last over from Alex Carey, to long-off. Brilliant shot, standing tall and dispatching. Five runs from the over. AUS-136/5 after 30 overs.
8:12 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson on with his sixth over. Alex Carey, once again, finishes an over with a four. This time to long leg. Five runs from the over. AUS-131/5 after 29 overs.
8:08 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme returns for his fifth over. Two singles, off the second and fourth balls. AUS-126/5 after 28 overs. His figures so far: 5-1-12-0.
8:05 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson returns for his fifth over. Alex Carey hits the third ball for a four, through cover. Brilliant drive, in complete control. Six runs from the over. AUS-124/5 after 27 overs. 32 runs from 33 for the sixth wicket.
Sweeping good! Rescue act from Alex Carey? AP Photo
8:00 PM IST: James Neesham on with his fifth over. Alex Carey hits the last ball for a four, through cover. Six runs from the over. AUS-118/5 after 26 overs.
7:57 PM IST: Mitchell Santner continues. Four runs from his third over. AUS-112/5 after 25 overs.
7:54 PM IST: James Neesham continues. Tom Latham drops Usman Khawaja off the second ball. A thick edge and tough one. Three singles from the over. AUS-108/5 after 24 overs.
7:50 PM IST: Mitchell Santner on with his second over. Alex Carey hits the fifth ball for a four, past backward point fielder. Eight runs from the over. AUS-105/5 after 23 overs.
No show from Big Shaw! Glenn Maxwell gets out cheaply, again. AP Photo
7:44 PM IST: James Neesham continues. And another wicket. Brilliant caught and bowled to send Glenn Maxwell (1 off 5) back. Neesham literally took wings. New man Alex Carey, left-handed batsman, hit the fifth ball for a four, to sweeper cover. Five runs from the over. AUS-97/5 after 22 overs.
7:39 PM IST: Bowling change. Mitchell Santner, leg-spinner, on. Usman Khawaja hits the second ball for a four, a very good cut shot past square fielder. Then five wides, down the leg. 11 runs from the over. AUS-92/4 after 21 overs.
7:34 PM IST: Jimmy Neesham continues. And he gets the wicket of dangerous looking Marcus Stoinis (21 off 26), caught behind. FoW-81/4 (19.6 overs). Glenn Maxwell is the new man. Four runs from the over.
7:28 PM IST: Ish Sodhi on with his fourth over. A dot, then three singles. A dot, then a single. Four runs from the over. AUS-77/3 after 19 overs.
7:25 PM IST: Bowling change. Jimmy Neesham, right-arm medium pacer, into the attack. A single off the first ball, taken by Marcus Stoinis to square leg, then five dots to Usman Khawaja. AUS-73/3 after 18 overs. 18 runs from the last five overs.
7:21 PM IST: Ish Sodhi resumes the proceedings after Drinks. Good over. Four runs -- a double and two singles. AUS-72/3 after 17 overs.
At Headingley, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has removed Fakhar Zaman for a two-ball duck. Pakistan need 229 against Afghanistan.
Taking a flight! Some serious pace from Lockie Ferguson. AP Photo
7:13 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson on with fourth over. Usman Khawaja takes a single off the third ball to bring up his 1000th ODI run this year. Then, Ferguson almost gets his third. Marcus Stoinis plays an uncontrolled drive but the ball lands just in front of a forward diving Kane Williamson at mid-off. A single off the over. AUS-68/3 after 16 overs. Drinks.
7:09 PM IST: Ish Sodhi continues. Marcus Stoinis hits the first ball for a four, over mid-on. Almost a catch, though. Two singles off the second and third balls, and six runs from the over. AUS-67/3 after 15 overs. 27 runs and a wicket from the last five overs.
7:06 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson on with his third over. Marcus Stoinis hits the third ball for a four. Half volley and a brilliant cover drive. Six runs from the over. AUS-61/3 after 14 overs.
7:01 PM IST: Bowling change. Ish Sodhi, leg-spinner, on. A dot to Usman Khawaja, and five singles. AUS-55/3 after 13 overs.
Dangerous walk! Steve Smith braves the 'cheers' from the noble Lord's crowd. AP photo
6:57 PM IST: Lockie Ferguson continues. And Martin Guptill pulls off a stunner at leg gully. Steve Smith (5 off 8) pulls the second ball only to find Guptill taking an unbelievable catch. How can he even do that! New man Marcus Stoinis, right-handed batsman, hits the fifth ball for a four to third man. Five runs from the over. AUS-50/3 after 12 overs.
6:50 PM IST: Trent Boult on with his sixth over. Five runs from the over, including a three off the fourth ball. AUS-45/2 after 11 overs.
6:44 PM IST: Bowling change, and Lockie Ferguson, right-arm fast bowler, strikes with his first ball. David Warner ((16 off 23) ) caught behind. Express pace from Ferguson. FoW-38/2 (9.1 overs). Steven Smith, right-handed batsman, is the new man. Two runs from the over. AUS-40/2 after 10 overs.
6:38 PM IST: Trent Boult continues. Usman Khawaja hits he fourth ball for a four, to fine leg. With two couples more, off the second and fifth balls, Australia take eight runs from the over. AUS-38/1 after nine overs.
6:34 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme continues. A single off the third ball, then David Warner creams the next ball for a four, to long-off boundary. Five runs from the over. AUS-30/1 after eight overs.
6:30 PM IST: Trent Boult on with his fourth ball. David Warner survives, off the second ball. Rising delivery from Boult gets a top edge, but the ball just sails over point. A double from it. Warner then hits the fourth ball for a four to deep square leg. Six runs from the over. AUS-25/1 after seven overs.
6:26 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme on with his third over. A wide and a couple, off the last ball, played by Usman Khawaja to deep mid-wicket. AUS-19/1 after six overs.
An early wicket for the Kiwis as Finch becomes Boult's victim. AP Photo
6:22 PM IST: Trent Boult on with his third over. A dot, then Aaron Finch times to perfection a straight drive, for a four to long-on. Then, the WICKET. An LBW, a slow rise of Joel Wilson's finger. At first look, it looks like little high, but the batsman gets caught on the backfoot. And Finch (8 off 15) is not wasting a review. Perfect line, perfect length. FoW-15/1 (4.3). Left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja, the new man, gets a life as Martin Guptill drops him at slip. Five runs from the over. AUS-16/1 after five overs.
Breaking News: Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Pradeep out of the remainder of the tournament due to chickenpox.
6:16 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme continues. Just three runs from it, two singles and a leg bye. AUS-11/0 after four overs.
6:12 PM IST: Trent Boult continues. First fun for Australia as David Warner plays it to square leg. After a dot, Aaron Finch plays the third ball through mid-wicket, but only a couple as Jimmy Neesham chases it down. A single, then Warner hits the last ball for a four, to deep mid-wicket. Eight runs from the over. AUS-8/1 after three overs.
6:08 PM IST: Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast-medium, shares the new ball. Also a maiden to right-handed batsman Aaron Finch.
6:04 PM IST: Trent Boult, left-arm fast-medium bowler, on starts the proceedings with a maiden over to left-handed batsman David Warner. Aussie skipper Aaron Finch is Warner's opener partner.
5:40 PM IST: Ish Sodhi and Henry Nicholls come in for Matt Henry and Colin Munro. Australia are unchanged, the first time in the tournament for them.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
5:33 PM IST: Australia win the TOSS and elect to bat first.
5:14 PM IST: As we build up to the match, here's a recap of the 2015 final between Australia and New Zealand:
Batting first, New Zealand could manage only 183, despite Grant Elliott's counter-attacking 83 off 82. Mitchell Johson, playing his last World Cup match, took three wickets 30 from his nine overs. James Faulkner, also probably playing his final World Cup match, took three for 36 from nine overs. Mitchell Starc, who is leading the wicket-takers' chart in this edition, took two. Aussies chased down the target at Melbourne Cricket Ground with relative ease, for a seven-wicket win and their record-extending fifth world title. Skipper Michael Clarke was the top-scorer with 74 off 72, while his successor Steve Smith hit 56 off 71 after David Warner set the tone with a 46-ball 45. Matt Henry took the wickets of both Warner and Clarke, while Trent Boult got Aaron Finch in the second over.
4:58 PM IST: Aussies have some warning for their neighbours.
4:54 PM IST: Key Stats
- Australia have won four of their last five World Cup meetings with New Zealand; Black Caps' only victory in that span coming on home soil (28th February 2015 in Auckland).
- New Zealand have won 13 of their last 15 completed World Cup matches, with one of those losses coming against Australia in the 2015 final and the other in their most recent such fixture against Pakistan.
- Australia have only tasted defeat once in their last 12 ODIs at Lord’s (W10, T1); winning on their previous two visits by the same margin (64 runs).
- New Zealand have won all three of their completed men's ODIs at Lord's, however, they have not played at the venue since 31st May 2013 when Martin Guptill hit an unbeaten century (103) in a victory over England.
- Mitchell Starc (Australia) and Trent Boult (New Zealand) were the leading wicket-takers at the 2015 Cricket World Cup; Starc has taken a competition-high 19 wickets at the 2019 edition so far, while Boult has nine.
- Australia have lost more wickets from overs 31-50 in the tournament (37) than any other team. New Zealand and India have lost the fewest (15).
- The David Warner-Aaron Finch opening combo has been prolific but they average 22.30 against New Zealand which is their lowest against any ODI opposition.
- Williamson needs 32 runs to reach 6000 in ODIs. He is also well on track to beat Martin Crowe's 1992 record for the most runs by a New Zealand captain in a World Cup.
- Finch who made four successive fifty-plus scores in last four matches, will become the first skipper to score five successive fifty-plus scores in World Cup. He currently shared the record with South African Graeme Smith (in 2007) and India’s Virat Kohli (in 2019).
4:48 PM IST: Key Quotes
"The conditions will be a little bit different to perhaps what they experienced the other day. It's also one of those things you can't control. So not worrying about it is probably the more important thing. So for us, it's once again, trying to adapt as quickly as possible, and stick to the sort of cricket that we want to play to give ourselves the best chance," Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain.
"He's [Kane Williamson] so damaging if you bowl wide, and he's so good off his pads that your length has to be really, really disciplined. You have to try and dry him up. It's like all great players; they don't have a huge amount of weaknesses, and on pitches that don't bounce a huge amount it's tougher to get that nick," Aaron Finch, Australia captain.
4: 43 PM IST:
And we picked five talking points
ahead of the match, like Behrendorff, famine vs feast, captain marvelous, etc.
4:38 PM IST:
Both the sides feature some of the best players, with star players capable of single-handedly winning matches. Here's a look at four players
4:30 PM IST: Squads
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shaun Marsh, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
After the India-Pakistan match
, it's time for some Trans-Tasmanian rivalry and to revive the 2015 World Cup final, which was won by the Aussies in a one-sided final. The onus now is on the Kiwis to make amends and also assure themselves of a semifinal berth.
The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand side had the best possible start to the showpiece event as they were unbeaten in their initial six games before going down against Pakistan. It is their bowling attack which has performed in every game but their batting looks a bit average.
Pacer Lockie Ferguson has led New Zealand's pace attack after bagging 15 wickets from six games. Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme have not been amongst wickets, however, they both gave good support to Ferguson after bowling economically. Boult and Grandhomme have nine and five wickets from six games but they have a decent economy of 4.46 and 4.47, respectively. The trio will once again need to replicate their show against an in-form Australian top-order.
In batting, the Kiwis have heavily relied on skipper Williamson and Ross Taylor to bail them out. In their game against Pakistan
, batting-all-rounder James Neesham also gave a glimpse of how handy he can be with the bat. The Black Caps were once reeling at 46/4 against the Green Brigade before Neesham's 112-ball 97-run valiant knock propelled them to a fighting total.
With 414 runs from five innings, Williamson averages 138 and is at the fifth place in the list of leading run-getters. A lot will depend on him against a lethal Aussie pace attack as their top-order have disappointed so far.
As for Australia, they have shown improvement with every passing game. The Aaron Finch-led side have players who can rescue them out of any tricky situations.
Openers Finch and David Warner have been Australia's batting pillars. They are the top run-getters in this World Cup. While Warner tops the chart with 500 runs from seven innings, Finch is just four runs short of him from as many games. As a pair, the left-right combination has given great starts to the world champions.
The bowling has been fantastic so far as their two pacers -- Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins -- have been brilliant. Starc has 19 wickets from seven games while Cummins has scalped 11 from as many games.
Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon have further added some extra depth in their bowling.
With such match winners, Australia will aim to strengthen their position at the top while the Kiwis will try to forget their dismal show in their last game and get back to the winning mode again.
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