ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Lord's, London
Date & Time: 29 June 2019
RR: 3.59 | Australia beat New Zealand by 86 runs
That ends the game. Australia stay on top, with 14 points while New Zealand are tied with India on 11 points. Sunday, June 30, 2019, sees two of the potential tournament favourites taking on other. Though, whether those tags are still relevant or not, is a different question. India and England clash at Edgbaston and the game begins at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Australian captain, Aaron Finch, says that he is feeling very happy at the moment, to see his side recover from 92/5. Jokingly says that it is nice to see the middle order get some hit in the middle but then is serious enough to quickly point out that it was not the manner they intended to give them that. Praises Carey's knock and all his bowlers. On Australia's improved bowling performance, Finch says that in the past, they have been defensive in overs 20-40, where they have observed other teams take wickets. Of late, they have been doing that and it has resulted in a change of fortune. On being asked whose idea was it to give Steve Smith the ball, Aaron says that he looked up at the team's balcony and was getting some indications from Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting while Smith himself was keen to bowl.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says that it was a challenging pitch to bat and as a bowler, if you hit the right areas, you could pick up wickets. Admits that they were in a position of strength for the first half but then credits the Aussies for rebuilding their innings. On the possibility of Trent Boult coming back earlier for his final spell, Williamson says that the match-ups kind of dictated the bowling changes. For instance, he says, that spin was proving to be a bigger threat and hence, Kane decided to continue with spin. Praises Carey for taking the game away from them. On his own team's batting, Williamson sportingly admits that Australia adapted better to this surface than the Kiwis. Stresses that the New Zealand batsmen struggled to get partnerships. Wants his side to forget this match quickly and move forward. On the final league game against England, Kane says that the playing surface will be key. Wants to take a day's break for now and then look ahead to the next game.
ALEX CAREY HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On Australia's poor start with the bat, Carey says it was not the start they wanted. Further adds he just wanted to spend time, assess conditions and bat as deep as possible. States the wicket was towards the slower side, there was turn and Kane Williamson was bowling well. Tells he though stuck to his strengths and it turned out to be a nice day for him. Credits Khawaja for the way he played and also praises Starc for the way he bowled. Informs he is enjoying batting at the moment and likes spending time in the middle. Further adds he is happy with how he is keeping as well. Ends by saying they go to Manchester now and that is also a big game and they would look to work on their weak areas.
What is wrong with New Zealand? Peaking too early? They were well on course to make it to the semi-final but two successive losses have pegged them back a touch. If England lose to India on Sunday, the Kiwis will confirm their semi-final berth automatically. They will be hoping that happens. Stay tuned for the presentation...
24 wickets in this World Cup for Mitchell Starc. Yards ahead of the next best, Lockie Ferguson, who has 17 scalps. He becomes the FIRST PLAYER WITH 3 5-FERS IN ODI WORLD CUPS. The bowling attack was just too good and guess India and Australia are the only two teams in this competition who believe that if they get anything over 200, they have the bowling attack to defend that.
Back-to-back losses for the Black Caps. However, in this game, they looked totally at sea while batting. They got off to a quick start but then surprisingly, fell back. Once they got defensive, Australia got an opening and they pounced. Starc, Behrendorff and Cummins then choked the Black Caps and Nathan Lyon did his bit.
A walk in the park for Australia. At the halfway mark, probably felt that 243 was 20 runs shy but the bowling just stepped up a notch. The Kiwis barely got going and and leave aside a brief half century stand between Taylor and Williamson, they were never in the chase.
Seems like the leather of the ball has come off. Maxwell throws it to Finch who shows it to the umpire. Joel Wilson takes out a pair of scissors and cuts off the thread.
Now then, not seen this happened often! The ball seems to have gone missing. However, they have found it but it seems like Warner and the security guard were searching for it at the wrong place. Warner though, takes some time out and eats some chips offered by one of the spectators. Finch looks at that and smiles.
Trent Boult is the last man in. Can he save the hat-trick?
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. However, will Finch make any changes? Lockie Ferguson is the next man in.
A review taken in the nick of time! Ish Sodhi has been adjudged LBW to Starc. He has a discussion with Santner and then takes the review. No inside edge while Ball Tracker shows it to be clipping the top of middle stump. Good bye, Ish.
Ish Sodhi walks out to the middle.
The physio comes out to check if Santner is fine and he is.
Nathan Lyon is back on!
Mitchell Santner walks in at number 8, replacing Latham. New Zealand need a partnership. A big one.
Mitchell Starc returns. Can he finish things off? 5-0-18-1 so far.
Glenn Maxwell is back on!
Nathan Lyon is back! His figures so far are 5-0-14-0. He also has two left-handers out there so he would fancy his chances of getting a wicket here.
Jimmy Neesham is the new man in. He played a brilliant knock in New Zealand's last game. Need something similar here.
Steve Smith is back again. 1-0-4-0 so far.
Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in. He played a wonderful knock against Pakistan. Something of the same is needed here.
Glenn Maxwell is back again. 2-0-11-0 so far.
Pat Cummins comes back on. 4-1-7-0 so far.
Have Australia pulled off something brilliant or has Latham's dive saved him? An appeal for a run out has been taken upstairs. Looks close.
Nathan Lyon is back! Finch has probably brought him back to bowl to the left-handed Latham.
Tom Latham walks in at number 5, replacing Williamson.
There is a run out appeal. It is against Taylor. Seems to be well in.
Mitchell Starc is back on. 3-0-12-0 so far. Australia need a wicket.
Glenn Maxwell is on now! So just the over by Finch too.
Marcus Stoinis is on now! He has a knack of picking important wickets. Got Buttler in the last game, can he get Williamson or Taylor here?
Skipper Aaron Finch to bowl now.
Interesting. Steve Smith is on now. This is a gamble from Finch. Either Smith could go for runs or pick up a bonus wicket. Or he might be on to help someone switch ends.
DRINKS! Australia will surely be the happier side of the movement. They have got the openers and not let New Zealand score freely too. In fact, the Kiwis are going at just 2.93 per over. Yes, that can be covered up but they need a partnership. They have their best two batters out there and a lot of hopes will be on them. Australia on the other hand, know they need to get rid of the two as soon as possible.
Ross Taylor walks out to bat. A crucial passage of play for New Zealand. The duo has been very important for the Kiwis in the recent past and has bailed them out many a time. Nice stage to do it one more time.
Short leg goes off. Aaron Finch under the lid takes his helmet off and goes to square leg.
Spin time. Nathan Lyon into the attack. There are some footworks to aim at. A short leg in place.
Kane Williamson walks out to bat. He has been brilliant in the tournament so far and his team needs another good innings from him here.
Jason Behrendorff is back! Change of ends for him.
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Pat Cummins is on now!
Mitchell Starc to bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Australian players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by a new opening partnership for New Zealand, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls. Jason Behrendorff to start proceedings for Australia with the first new ball. He was brilliant in his last game and Australia need him to step up here. Here we go...