Australian dominance over New Zealand
Australia showed its superiority by beating New Zealand by 87 runs in the Trans-Tasman rivalry at Lord’s. Aaron Finch’s team had already booked its spot in the semi-final but had promised not to take the ‘foot of the gas’ against the Black Caps.
New Zealand 157 all out
Australia 243 - for 9 wickets
Australia win by 86 runs
The sheer quality of the yellow shirts was so overwhelming and it might have dented the confidence of the opposition, which only few days was both undefeated and riding so high.
Backed up by some outstanding catches, New Zealand bowlers reduced Australia to 92-5 in the 22nd over and were on top of the game. A determined head-down batting display by Usman Khawaja (88 off 129 balls) and Alex Carey (71 off 72 balls), added 107 runs for the 6th wicket and then help their side to reach a respectable 243-9. Trent Boult picked up a hat-trick in the last over to finish with 4-50 in his 10 overs but Australia had been let off the hook by New Zealand.
New Zealand reply was cautious all the way as both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor set about the run chase. At the half way stage the score stood at 92-2 after 25 overs, needing another 152 in the next 25 overs. Once Mitchell Starc had accounted for Williamson for 40, followed by Taylor’s departure for 30, it was a downward slide for New Zealand.
At the end of 40 overs, New Zealand had slumped to 141-8 and end was not too far. Australia simply outplayed its opponents and Finch had the luxury of giving his part-timers, a longer bowl than usual. New Zealand camp would be disappointed for not putting up a good fight. Jason Behrendorff’s excellent figures of 2-31 off 9 overs were bettered by that man : Starc, who cleaned up the tail on his way to capturing 5-26 as New Zealand were all out for 157. He has 24 wickets in the tournament and has become the first bowler in history to claim three five-wicket hauls in World Cup.
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