Australia Hand New Zealand Seven-Wicket Defeat

Australia Hand New Zealand Seven-Wicket Defeat
Australia Hand New Zealand Seven-Wicket Defeat
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Australia 207-3 (Watson 62, Haddin 55no) beat
New Zealand 206 (N McCullum 52) by 7 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup Group A, Nagpur
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Australia made it two Cricket World Cup wins out of two with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in Nagpur as they raced to a target of 207 in just 34 overs.

Mitchell Johnson returned four for 33 as the Black Caps were dismissed for 206 before half-centuries from openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin set Australia up for a 25th straight World Cup victory.

Having been put into bat, New Zealand made a steady start before wickets began to tumble, slumping from 66 for two to 73 for six as Australia bowled themselves into a commanding position.

Left-arm quick Johnson bowled with good rhythm and dismissed Jesse Ryder (25), James Franklin (0), Nathan McCullum and Tim Southee (6).

McCullum top scored with 52 in 76 balls, adding 54 for the eighth wicket with captain Daniel Vettori, who made 44, to add a touch of respectabiilty to New Zealand's score.

Shaun Tait picked up three for 35 by removing Brendon McCullum for 16, Ross Taylor for seven and Scott Styris without scoring and there was a wicket apiece for Watson, Brett Lee and Steven Smith.

In reply, Watson and Haddin hammered their way to a 133-run opening partnership in 18.1 overs. Watson struck 62 in 61 balls with six fours and a six while Haddin hit 55 in 50 balls with eight fours before both were dismissed by Hamish Bennett, who took his wicket tally for the tournament to six.

And although Southee had Australian captain Ricky Ponting stumped for 12, Australia cruised home with Michael Clarke (24 not out) and Cameron White (22 not out) steering them past the finish line.

Australia next face Sri Lanka on 5th March while New Zealand are back in action when they take on Zimbabwe one day earlier.

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