Australia posted a formidable total of 388 runs before being all out. Travis Head‘s impressive 109 and David Warner’s contribution of 81 set the tone for their innings.New Zealand fought back valiantly, withRachin Ravindra scoring 116, supported by Daryl Mitchell’s 54 and Jimmy Neesham‘s rapid 33-ball fifty.
AUSTRALIA VS NZ: AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARD
The final over unfolded dramatically as New Zealand chased 19 runs for victory. Tension soared when Trent Boult managed a single, followed by an unexpected contribution of five wides from Mitchell Starc. Neesham added six runs in the next three balls but was unfortunately run out, courtesy of an exceptional throw by Marnus Labuschagne.
With the game hanging in the balance, an injured Lockie Ferguson had to deliver a heroic performance off the last ball. However, Starc’s full-length delivery restricted Ferguson to a mere push to the covers, concluding New Zealand’s innings at 383-9.
The intense match resulted in both teams having four wins and two defeats each, positioning them well for the upcoming semi-finals.
Earlier, Head, in his first match after recovering from a hand injury, achieved a remarkable century off 59 balls, comprising 10 fours and six sixes. His partnership with Warner accumulated 175 runs in the initial 20 overs, setting a strong foundation for Australia’s innings.
The Australian batting lineup saw significant contributions from various players. However, crucial breakthroughs by New Zealand bowlers, especially by Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner, slowed down Australia’s momentum. Notably, Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal by Neesham and the late flurry by Josh Inglis alongside skipper Pat Cummins added vital runs.
New Zealand’s response began with a promising 61-run partnership between Will Young and Devon Conway before both fell to Josh Hazlewood. Despite Mitchell’s fifty and a resilient partnership with Ravindra, New Zealand ultimately fell short, despite Ravindra’s brilliant century.
The gripping contest, taking the game to the final over, showcased the competitive spirit of both teams, leaving them in a strong position for the tournament’s latter stages.
(With AFP inputs)
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