ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

New Zealand vs Australia - Match 37

Venue: Lord's, London

Date & Time: 29 June 2019

New Zealand 157/10

RR: 3.59 | Australia beat New Zealand by 86 runs

commentary

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.

43.4
0
M Starc to M Santner, OUT! CAUGHT! A huge smile on Starc's face and why not? He has picked a fifer. Second in this World Cup and his 7th in ODIs. He bangs it short and down the leg side. Santner helps it on its way but does not keep it down and the ball ends up landing into the hands of Behrendorff at fine leg. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 86 RUNS!
43.3
0
M Starc to M Santner, Santner backs away and Starc follows him with a low full toss. Santner mistimes it to mid off.

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.

43.2
0
M Starc to M Santner, A yorker on the pads, Santner looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls towards fine leg but no runs taken.
43.1
0
M Starc to M Santner, Good length and around off, Santner backs away and looks to go over the off side but misses.
42.6
0
N Lyon to T Boult, Once again uses his feet and looks to go big. It goes off the inner half through mid-wicket. Santner does not want a run. 13 from the over. Don't think that makes a difference to Australia at the moment.
42.5
2
N Lyon to T Boult, Boult comes down the track and looks to swing, it goes off the inner half towards fine leg for two.
42.4
1
N Lyon to M Santner, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
42.3
0
N Lyon to M Santner, FOUR BYES! Flatter and down the leg side, Santner looks to pull but misses it goes past the keeper and into the fine leg fence.

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.

42.2
6
N Lyon to M Santner, SIX! Santner will probably look to have some fun now! He shuffles in and brings in the slog sweep, hits it right off the middle and it goes into the stands at the mid-wicket region.
42.1
0
N Lyon to M Santner, That does not bounce! Santner takes a few steps ahead but then sees the length is short and outside off. He goes back and tries to slap but is beaten by the low bounce.
41.6
0
M Starc to T Boult, This is shorter and on the body, Boult looks to heave it but it goes off the inside edge to the keeper.
41.5
0
M Starc to T Boult, TB makes room again and Starc follows him with a yorker, this is jammed out.
41.4
0
M Starc to T Boult, Boult moves around his crease in the attempt to disturb the length and line of the bowler. Starc sticks to bowling it on the stumps. Boult hits it back to the bowler.
41.3
0
M Starc to T Boult, Goes short and outside off, Boult clears his front leg and looks to flat-bat it but misses.
41.2
0
M Starc to T Boult, Boult keeps it out! Not hat-trick! On the stumps, Boult blocks it.

Trent Boult is the last man in. Can he save the hat-trick?

41.1
0
M Starc to L Ferguson, OUT! TIMBER! Starc gets his fourth! This is trademark Mitchell Starc. He comes running in from around the wicket, bowls it slightly fuller on middle and off. It pitches and straightens. Also skids through. Ferguson is not only late in bringing his bat down but also plays down the wrong line. The furniture behind is disturbed. Can he take a fifer in this over? Also, he is on a hat-trick. We have already seen one today, will we see another?
40.6
0
N Lyon to M Santner, On off again, Santner guides it to point.
40.6
0
N Lyon to L Ferguson, WIDE! Down the leg side, Ferguson lets it be. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly and a run is taken.
40.5
0
N Lyon to L Ferguson, On off again and LF guides it to point.
40.4
0
N Lyon to L Ferguson, Ferguson dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of it. He keeps it out.
40.3
1
N Lyon to M Santner, DROPPED! Difficult to call that a drop catch though. It would have been another blinder today. Santner comes down the track and hits it uppishly towards mid on. Warner there leaps, sticks his left hand up and tries to take it but the ball does not stay in. The ball rolls behind him for a run.
40.2
0
N Lyon to M Santner, On off again and Santner pushes it to covers.
40.1
0
N Lyon to M Santner, Flatter and outside off, Santner looks to push it through the off side but misses.

POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. However, will Finch make any changes? Lockie Ferguson is the next man in.

39.6
0
M Starc to Ish Sodhi, OUT! Ball Tracker shows it to be clipping the top middle which means it is umpire's call and Sodhi has to continue walking. He does not take the review with him though. This is slightly fuller and it is fast, angling into middle from around the wicket. Sodhi looks to defend but misses to get hit on the front pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger. Sodhi walks upto his partner and reviews just in the nick of time. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call is the right one. The extra ball works for Australia. Starc gets his third. The defending champions two wickets away now.

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.

39.6
0
M Starc to Ish Sodhi, An appeal but the umpire turns it down! He signals is as a wide in the end. This is down the leg side, Sodhi looks to flick but it goes off something to the keeper. Carey takes it and appeals but the umpire signals it as a wide. Replays show it was an harsh call as it had kissed the thigh pad.
39.6
0
M Starc to M Santner, Short but down the leg side, Santner misses the pull shot. Carey dives to his right and gets a hand to it. He saves three runs as he deflects it towards fine leg. A single taken. Wided.
39.5
1
M Starc to Ish Sodhi, A yorker on middle, Sodhi gets his bat down in time and works it through mid-wicket for one.
39.4
1
M Starc to M Santner, This is on the pads, Santner works it through square leg and a run is taken.
39.3
0
M Starc to M Santner, A yorker on off, Santner jams it out to covers.
39.2
0
M Starc to M Santner, On the shorter side outside off, Santner looks to defend but then bails out.
39.1
0
M Starc to M Santner, On the stumps, this is pushed back to the bowler.
38.6
4
N Lyon to Ish Sodhi, FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark! A half-tracker and it is down the leg side. Sodhi pulls it over short fine leg and bags a boundary.
38.5
0
N Lyon to Ish Sodhi, Fired on the stumps, Sodhi works it to mid-wicket.
38.4
1
N Lyon to M Santner, On off, Santner goes back and pushes it to long off for one.
38.3
0
N Lyon to M Santner, On the stumps again, the batsman defends it again.
38.2
0
N Lyon to M Santner, On the stumps, this is kept out.

Ish Sodhi walks out to the middle.

38.1
0
N Lyon to J Neesham, OUT! Caught and bowled! Another one bites the dust! Australia are into the bowling all-rounders now. This was always going to be a risky shot. Lyon tosses it up outside off, it is turning away. Neesham looks to hit it against the turn as he tries to slog sweep. The ball takes the top edge and goes up in the air towards the bowler. Lyon calls for it and takes it.

The physio comes out to check if Santner is fine and he is.

37.6
0
M Starc to M Santner, Right on the badge! This is short and it gets big on the batsman. Santner looks to defend but the ball hits the glove and then the helmet. The Australian players gather around MS to ask if he is fine.
37.5
0
M Starc to M Santner, This is on middle, Santner works it towards mid-wicket. He sets off for a run but is sent back. Smith picks the ball up and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Would not have made a difference had he hit as Santner was in.
37.4
0
M Starc to M Santner, Full and outside off, Santner mistimes it to mid off.
37.3
1
M Starc to J Neesham, Neesham works this with the angle through mid-wicket for one.
37.2
0
M Starc to J Neesham, On the stumps this time, Neesham guides it to point.
37.1
0
M Starc to J Neesham, OHHH! This is just outside off, it is bowled on a length. Neesham looks to defend but ends up playing inside the line. Gets beaten.
36.6
1
N Lyon to J Neesham, On off, this is pushed down to long off for one.
36.5
2
N Lyon to J Neesham, Floats it up outside off, Neesham goes against the turn, hits it over mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his right, dives and pushes it back in. Two taken.
36.4
1
N Lyon to M Santner, This is shorter and outside off, Santner pushes it through covers for one.
36.3
0
N Lyon to M Santner, Almost! This is flatter and around off, it skids through and keeps coming in with the angle. Santner at the very end gets his bat down and ends up chopping it to the keeper, on the bounce.
36.2
0
N Lyon to M Santner, This is on the stumps, it is kept out.
36.1
0
N Lyon to M Santner, Flatter and on middle, Santner hits it to the left of Lyon, he gets there but does not stop it cleanly but no runs conceded.

Nathan Lyon is back on!

35.6
1
M Starc to M Santner, Outside off, punched in front of cover for a single to get off the mark. 2 runs and a wicket from the over, Starc's figures read 6-0-20-2.
35.5
0
M Starc to M Santner, Outside off, another one let through to the keeper.
35.4
0
M Starc to M Santner, Landed outside off, left alone.

Mitchell Santner walks in at number 8, replacing Latham. New Zealand need a partnership. A big one.

35.3
0
M Starc to Tom Latham, OUT! Caught! Steve Smith, you beauty! Boy, he has plucked out an absolute blinder here. Full and on the pads, Latham flicks it uppishly. For a second, it seems like the ball is travelling to the mid-wicket fence. But there is someone else also travelling. In fact, he is flying. Superman Steve Peter Devereux Smith. He flings himself to his right at short mid-wicket and takes it one-handed. Starc runs to his left and hugs his former skipper. Next, Warner comes, beaming all along. Slowly, the entire team envelopes him. What a catch. Earlier in the day, when Smith was batting, Guptill had picked up a blinder. That time Smith was perplexed. Nature has given him a chance to get even.
35.2
0
M Starc to Tom Latham, Similar ball, Latham punches it straight to point.
35.1
1
M Starc to J Neesham, On a length outside off, Neesham waits for the ball to come to him and guides it to third man for a single. 119 more needed from 89 balls.

Mitchell Starc returns. Can he finish things off? 5-0-18-1 so far.

34.6
1
G Maxwell to J Neesham, A single to end as Neesham works it through mid-wicket.
34.5
1
G Maxwell to Tom Latham, Outside off, Latham drags his sweep through mid-wicket for one.
34.4
1
G Maxwell to J Neesham, Very full and on middle, this is jammed out to long on for one.
34.3
0
G Maxwell to J Neesham, Fires it on the stumps, Neesham pushes it back to the bowler who quickly picks the ball up and rushes to his mark to bowl the next ball quickly.
34.2
0
G Maxwell to J Neesham, Flatter and around off, Neesham goes back and keeps it out.
34.1
0
G Maxwell to J Neesham, Flatter and on off, this is guided towards point. Latham wanted a run but is sent back.

Glenn Maxwell is back on!

33.6
1
N Lyon to J Neesham, A single to end so no maiden! Flatter and on off, Neesham pushes it down to long off for one.
33.5
0
N Lyon to J Neesham, This is flatter and outside off, Neesham guides it to point.
33.4
0
N Lyon to J Neesham, On the stumps, this is blocked.
33.3
0
N Lyon to J Neesham, Floats it up around off, Neesham looks to drive but it goes off the outer half to point.
33.2
0
N Lyon to J Neesham, Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
33.1
0
N Lyon to J Neesham, Full and outside off, turning away, pushed towards point.

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.

32.6
1
S Smith to J Neesham, Shorter and outside off, Neesham looks to cut but ends up chopping it towards point. He gets off the mark. Just the two runs and a wicket from the over. Brilliant from Smith. He has probably done his job with the ball.
32.5
0
S Smith to J Neesham, Flatter and on off, this is defended.
32.4
0
S Smith to J Neesham, Another one on the stumps, Neesham once again defends it out.
32.3
0
S Smith to J Neesham, On the stumps, this is kept out.
32.2
1
S Smith to Tom Latham, Full and on the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Jimmy Neesham is the new man in. He played a brilliant knock in New Zealand's last game. Need something similar here.

32.1
0
S Smith to de Grandhomme, OUT! Colin de Grandhomme holes out! With all due respect to Smith, out of all the quality bowlers Australia have in their ranks, it is Steve Smith who gets him. Masterstroke from Aaron Finch. A golden duck for de Grandhomme. Smith floats this up and lands it around off. Colin needs no sighters and he straightaway looks to clear the ropes. That is probably what he was sent out for but does not get the timing right. It goes down Khawaja's throat who makes no mistake at long off. The big-hitter is gone and New Zealand slip further.

Steve Smith is back again. 1-0-4-0 so far.

31.6
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, On a length and around off, Taylor guides it to point. So what looked like would be a good over for New Zealand, turns out to be the perfect one for Australia.
31.5
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Bangs this short and on middle, Latham ducks under it.

Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in. He played a wonderful knock against Pakistan. Something of the same is needed here.

31.4
0
Pat Cummins to R Taylor, OUT! In the air... taken! Carey does not look confident under it, he though takes it in the end. End of Ross Taylor and New Zealand's chances of chasing this down have been dented big time. Taylor had to go for it, the pressure of the increasing run rate was getting to him. He shuffles across and aims for the shorter side, looking to slog this length delivery on middle. There is extra bounce and hence the top edge is induced. It goes up in the air towards the left of the keeper. Carey seems to have not judged it well but in the end, does manage to take it. Cummins gets his first and it is a big one. 126 needed in 110.
31.3
1
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Length delivery and outside off, Latham guides it down to third man and takes one.
31.2
1
Pat Cummins to R Taylor, A single now as Taylor works it towards mid-wicket. The fielder did have a shy but misses. Sensible batting.
31.1
4
Pat Cummins to R Taylor, FOUR! Poor ball! Cummins bowls it short, inviting Taylor to hit towards the shorter side. Ross does that as he pulls it behind square and bags a boundary, a welcome one.
30.6
1
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Another single as Taylor eases it down to long on for one.
30.5
1
G Maxwell to Tom Latham, Latham looks to cut loose now as he comes down the track. Swings but does not get the desired connection. It goes towards mid on for a quick run.
30.4
1
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Tries to innovate, looks to play the reverse sweep. Does not come off though as it goes off the top edge, well short of short third man for one.
30.3
0
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Another dot! This is flatter and on off, it is kept out.
30.2
0
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Extremely full and outside off, Taylor looks to hit it through the off side but misses.
30.1
1
G Maxwell to Tom Latham, This is fuller and on the pads, Latham works it through mid-wicket for one.

Glenn Maxwell is back again. 2-0-11-0 so far.

29.6
0
Pat Cummins to R Taylor, Extra bounce! Well played in the end! This is on off and takes off after pitching. Taylor does well to defend it by taking one hand off the handle. Another excellent over. Run rate needed almost 7 now.
29.5
1
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, This is around off, Latham guides it down to third man for one.
29.4
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Good length and on off, Latham lunges and keeps it out.
29.3
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Shorter in length again on off, Latham defends it off the back foot.
29.2
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Ouch! Cummins goes short and on the body, Latham looks to pull but misses to get hit on the body.
29.1
0
Pat Cummins to Tom Latham, Good fielding again! This is angled across from the off pole. Latham looks to put bat on ball but it goes off the outer half towards cover where Warner dives to his right and saves a run.

Pat Cummins comes back on. 4-1-7-0 so far.

28.6
1
N Lyon to Tom Latham, Latham now works it through mid-wicket and takes one. Just the three from the over. 137 needed in 126.
28.5
1
N Lyon to R Taylor, NOT OUT! Latham's dive has saved him. This is floated up on off, Taylor works it towards mid-wicket and wants a single. Latham obliges. Maxwell gets to the ball quickly and hits bull's eye at the striker's end. An appeal and it is taken upstairs. Replays show that Latham's dive ensures he made his ground.

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.

28.4
0
N Lyon to R Taylor, This is tossed up outside off, Taylor hits it back to the bowler.
28.3
0
N Lyon to R Taylor, Top edge but safe! Taylor looks to sweep this ball which pitches outside off. There is extra bounce though. It hits the glove and lobs towards short fine leg. Falls well short though.
28.2
1
N Lyon to Tom Latham, Poor ball! Short and outside off, Latham slaps it through covers but only for a run.
28.1
0
N Lyon to Tom Latham, On off, Latham keeps it out.
27.6
0
M Starc to R Taylor, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
27.5
1
M Starc to Tom Latham, Shorter and around off, this is guided down to third man for one.
27.4
0
M Starc to Tom Latham, Another soft leading edge! This is angled into the pads, Latham looks to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It goes off the leading edge to mid off.
27.3
0
M Starc to Tom Latham, Slightly short this time, Latham stands tall and keeps it out. Three dots.
27.2
0
M Starc to Tom Latham, Outside off now and Latham shoulders arms to this one.
27.1
0
M Starc to Tom Latham, Bowls this on a length and around off, Latham keeps it out.
26.6
0
N Lyon to R Taylor, Inside edge! This lands outside off, Taylor looks to hit it through the off side but the ball hits the inside edge and then onto the pads.
26.5
1
N Lyon to Tom Latham, Floats it up outside off, Latham works it through mid-wicket and takes one.
26.4
0
N Lyon to Tom Latham, This is bowled outside off, Latham lets it be.
26.3
2
N Lyon to Tom Latham, Well played! Plays the paddle sweep, hits it fine on the leg side and takes two.
26.2
1
N Lyon to R Taylor, Floats it up outside off, Taylor strokes it through covers for one. 100 up for New Zealand.
26.1
1
N Lyon to Tom Latham, Leading edge! Causes problems straightaway! This lands on middle, straightens. Latham looks to play it against the turn but gets a soft leading edge through covers for one.

Nathan Lyon is back! Finch has probably brought him back to bowl to the left-handed Latham.

25.6
1
M Starc to Tom Latham, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
25.5
0
M Starc to Tom Latham, A short ball, right at the body, Latham has no idea as he looks to fend. The ball goes off the glove, onto the shoulder and lobs towards point but falls short.

Tom Latham walks in at number 5, replacing Williamson.

25.4
0
M Starc to K Williamson, OUT! Caught behind! Finch gets Starc back for a wicket and a wicket is what he gets. A big one at that. Kane Williamson. It is on a length outside off, Kane looks to guide it towards third man but ends up feathering it too fine. Simple catch for the keeper and Kane arches back, looking at the sky in disappointment. Australia breathe again. A rare flop show for Willy. The 55-run stand is broken and New Zealand need 147 from 146 balls.
25.3
2
M Starc to K Williamson, Safe as a house. On middle, Kane flicks it through mid-wicket and calls for two again. He gets those comfortably but the throw is at the bowler's end. Starc tries to deflect the bails but Taylor is well in.

There is a run out appeal. It is against Taylor. Seems to be well in.

25.2
2
M Starc to K Williamson, Short and outside off, Williamson cuts it behind point. Glenn Maxwell dives to his left and parries it behind. Jason Behrendorff has some distance to cover to his right and by the time he gets there, two runs are taken.
25.1
1
M Starc to R Taylor, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

Mitchell Starc is back on. 3-0-12-0 so far. Australia need a wicket.

24.6
0
G Maxwell to K Williamson, A dot to end! This is on off, it is blocked. 7 from this over and 15 came from the last two.
24.5
4
G Maxwell to K Williamson, FOUR! Runs starting to come now for New Zealand. A little too full this time on off, Williamson leans into it and lofts it over mid off for a boundary. Also, the 50-run stand is up. They have taken their time but the key is they have hung out there. They joined association when New Zealand were in trouble. They have yet not bailed them out but surely getting things back on track slowly.
24.4
0
G Maxwell to K Williamson, On off, this is kept out.
24.3
1
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Down the leg side, this is worked towards square leg for one.
24.2
1
G Maxwell to K Williamson, 200 singles in the tournament for Williamson now and also he brings up 6000 runs in ODIs. This is full and outside off, Williamson hits it towards cover where the fielder misfields and a run is taken.
24.1
1
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Taylor works it with the turn through mid-wicket for one.
23.6
0
M Stoinis to K Williamson, Another one on a good length around off, Williamson guides it on the off side. 8 from the over.
23.5
2
M Stoinis to K Williamson, A brace off the bottom edge! Fuller and outside off, Williamson looks to drive it through the off side. It goes off the bottom edge down towards third man for two.
23.4
0
M Stoinis to K Williamson, Looks to guide it down to third man and follow the biggie with a six but can't get past the fielder at gully.
23.3
6
M Stoinis to K Williamson, SIX! Top shot to release a lot of pressure! First six of the game! Williamson shuffles across and this is bowled on the pads. Williamson flicks it and it sails into the mid-wicket stands.
23.2
0
M Stoinis to K Williamson, Inside edge! Just outside off, Williamson looks to guide it down to third man but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
23.1
0
M Stoinis to K Williamson, On a good length and around off, KW pushes it to mid on.
22.6
2
G Maxwell to R Taylor, A couple to end but still a good over for Australia! This is on middle, Taylor works it through mid-wicket, it is in the gap and two is taken.
22.5
1
G Maxwell to K Williamson, On middle, Williamson flicks it through square leg for one.
22.4
1
G Maxwell to R Taylor, This is worked through square leg for one.
22.3
0
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Quicker and on off, Taylor shuffles across and works it to mid-wicket.
22.2
0
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Flatter and on off, Taylor blocks it out.
22.1
0
G Maxwell to R Taylor, Floats it up on off, Taylor hits it back to the bowler.

Glenn Maxwell is on now! So just the over by Finch too.

21.6
1
M Stoinis to R Taylor, Another length delivery outside off, Taylor guides it down to third man for one. 5 from the over and 12 from the last two.
21.5
0
M Stoinis to R Taylor, Good length and on off, this is guided to point.
21.4
1
M Stoinis to K Williamson, This is on the pads, Williamson works it through square leg for one.
21.3
0
M Stoinis to K Williamson, Good length and on off, this is kept out.
21.2
2
M Stoinis to K Williamson, Good running! This is worked to the right of mid-wicket. The fielder dives but pushes it away. The batters take one more.
21.1
0
M Stoinis to R Taylor, This is on the shorter side, Taylor looks to pull but misses. It hits the pads and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

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?

20.6
1
A Finch to R Taylor, A single to end as Taylor pushes it to long off. 7 from the over. They need a few more like these to ease the pressure a little.
20.5
4
A Finch to R Taylor, FOUR! Much-needed boundary! A gift to release a little pressure. A full toss down the leg side, Taylor sweeps it through backward square leg and the ball races away.
20.4
0
A Finch to R Taylor, Taylor comes down the track again but does not get to the pitch of it. He looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads.
20.3
0
A Finch to R Taylor, On the stumps, this is blocked.
20.2
1
A Finch to K Williamson, Williamson looks to sweep but is way too early in the shot. It goes off the toe-end through mid-wicket for one.
20.1
1
A Finch to R Taylor, Taylor dances down the track and hits it down to long on for one.

Skipper Aaron Finch to bowl now.

19.6
1
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, A single to end! Taylor guides it past backward point and takes one.
19.5
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
19.4
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Another appeal but it is turned down! The slower one around leg. Taylor looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Jason Behrendorff is appealing but the umpire shakes his head. Pitched outside leg and Hawk Eye confirms the same.
19.3
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, On the off pole, the batter keeps it out.
19.2
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Good length and on off, Taylor gets right behind the line of the delivery and keeps it out.
19.2
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, WIDE! Another extra! This is down the leg side, Taylor looks to flick but misses. Wided.
19.1
1
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Good length and around off, this is guided down to third man for one.
19.1
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, WIDE! A bouncer but this is too short! Williamson ducks under it and it has been wided.
18.6
1
S Smith to K Williamson, Lands this one around off, Williamson hits it with the turn through covers for one. 4 singles from the first over by Smith.
18.5
1
S Smith to R Taylor, Third full toss in the over and once again a Kiwi batsman hits it through cover for one.
18.4
1
S Smith to K Williamson, Another full toss but the batter once again fails to make the bowler pay. He hits it through covers for one.
18.3
0
S Smith to K Williamson, Lands this one around leg, gets it to straighten a little. Williamson looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. Smith appeals but the umpire is not interested. It pitched outside leg and the impact too was outside leg.
18.2
1
S Smith to R Taylor, A full toss now, Taylor can't take full toll of it, he hits it through covers for one.
18.1
0
S Smith to R Taylor, Good start by him! This is tossed up outside off, gets it to turn away after landing. Taylor looks to drive but is beaten by the spin.

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.

17.6
1
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, A single to end another good over by JB! This is on middle, Taylor works it through square leg for one.
17.5
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Another delivery which is guided to point.
17.4
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Around off, Taylor guides it to point.
17.3
1
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, DROPPED! Tough chance! Another life for Williamson. This is around off and it is angling away. Williamson looks to guide it down to third man but it goes off the edge to the right of Carey. He dives, gets one hand to it but can't hang on. A single down to third man then.
17.2
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Around off, Williamson looks to guide it down to third man. Not enough room to play that shot. He ends up chopping it on the off side.
17.1
2
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, A couple! 50 up for New Zealand. It has been slow going from them. This is fuller around off, Williamson hits it through covers for two.
16.6
0
N Lyon to R Taylor, Flatter and on off, this is guided to point.
16.5
1
N Lyon to K Williamson, Williamson plays the paddle sweep towards fine leg for one.
16.4
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, Floats it on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
16.3
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, On the stumps, blocked.
16.2
1
N Lyon to R Taylor, This is flatter and on middle, Taylor works it through square leg and takes one.
16.1
0
N Lyon to R Taylor, Brilliant bowling! The arm ball, it lands on off and goes through. Taylor looks to defend but misses. He played for the turn but there was none on offer.

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.

15.6
1
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, A single as Taylor works it through square leg. Another good over for Australia.
15.5
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Another mistimed drive! Fuller and outside off, Taylor looks to drive but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
15.4
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Another dot! Shorter and around off, Taylor looks to cut but ends up mistiming it to point.
15.3
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Attacks the off pole again. Taylor defends it onto the ground.
15.2
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Good length around off, Taylor looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
15.1
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, Good length and on off, this is kept out.
14.6
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, DROPPED! If there is one batsman you don't want to drop in this New Zealand side, it is Kane Williamson. Yes, it did take a deflection off the keeper but should have been taken. This is tossed up outside off. Williamson looks to hit it through cover which is against the turn. The ball goes off the outside edge, hits the glove of Carey and then goes towards Smith at first slip. He is taken aback. The ball hits him on the chest and falls onto the ground. This could prove very costly.
14.5
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, Floats it up on off, this is kept out.
14.4
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, Floats it up on middle, KW works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
14.3
1
N Lyon to R Taylor, Plays the sweep, he has hit it really well. The fielder at deep square leg dives to his right and keeps it down to one.
14.2
0
N Lyon to R Taylor, Was there bat involved? Nope! This is floated on off, this one turns back in. Taylor looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It lands in between the keeper and short leg fielder.
14.1
1
N Lyon to K Williamson, Tosses it up around off, Williamson pushes it towards cover and gets to the other end.
13.6
0
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, On the fuller side and on middle, this is pushed back to the bowler. End of another successful over for JB.
13.5
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Down the leg side, Kane flicks it down to fine leg for one.
13.4
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, On the pads, Williamson looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
13.3
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Outside off, left alone.
13.2
1
J Behrendorff to R Taylor, In the air... but safe! Length and on middle, this one straightens. Taylor looks to defend but it goes off the outer half, through gully for one.

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.

13.1
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, OUT! LBW! Jason Behrendorff gets another! He is making a name for himself in this World Cup. Once again, the ball coming back in causes problems for Guptill. It is fuller and around middle, tails back in. Guptill looks to drive but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal and the umpire raises his finger after giving it a thought. Guptill straightaway starts walking. He could have probably taken a review there as it seemed to be going down leg. Replays still not shown though and Australia won't care. An uncharacteristic innings from MG comes to an end. He scored 20 from 43 balls. Australia on top at the moment. 202 needed in 221 balls. Hawk Eye though confirms, it would not have mattered had Guptill reviewed as it shows to be clipping leg pole.
12.6
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, Goes back and clips it towards short mid-wicket.
12.5
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
12.4
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
12.3
1
N Lyon to M Guptill, Short ball, outside off, pulled through square leg for a run.

Short leg goes off. Aaron Finch under the lid takes his helmet off and goes to square leg.

12.2
1
N Lyon to K Williamson, Goes back and tucks it with the spin through fine leg for a single.
12.1
0
N Lyon to K Williamson, Full and around off, defended watchfully.

Spin time. Nathan Lyon into the attack. There are some footworks to aim at. A short leg in place.

11.6
1
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, A little too straight, Williamson works it through mid-wicket for one. A good over for New Zealand, 7 from it.
11.5
1
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, On off, Guptill guides it towards point. Maxwell fails to stop it cleanly and the batters take one easily.
11.4
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Fuller in length and on off, this is hit to mid off.
11.3
1
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Good running! Williamson drops it towards the off side. Guptill calls for one, Williamson goes for it and the batters complete it with ease.
11.2
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, This is on off, Williamson stands tall and defends it.
11.1
4
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, FOUR! A welcome, welcome boundary for New Zealand. This is short and slightly outside off, Williamson stands tall and pushes it through cover-point for a boundary.
10.6
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Hits the length hard again and lands it on off, this is kept out.
10.5
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, That has taken off! This is short and on the body, the ball zips through and also there is extra bounce. Guptill does well to get out of the way.
10.4
1
Pat Cummins to K Williamson, Williamson this time waits for the ball to come to him and then guides it down to third man for one.
10.3
0
Pat Cummins to K Williamson, BEATEN! Around off and it is on a length. Williamson plays inside the line and gets beaten.
10.2
0
Pat Cummins to K Williamson, Another one on a length and around off, Williamson defends it solidly.
10.1
1
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Guptill works it with the angle towards mid-wicket for one.
9.6
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, A dot to end a successful over for Australia and good Powerplay 1 for them too. New Zealand 31 for 1. Another delivery outside off, Williamson lets it be.
9.5
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Goes back to attacking the off pole, it is defended.
9.4
2
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Williamson is off the mark! Good running! This is on middle, KW works it with soft hands through backward square leg. The weight is perfect on the shot and hence, the batters take two.
9.3
0
J Behrendorff to K Williamson, Good length and just outside off, this is left alone.

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.

9.2
0
J Behrendorff to H Nicholls, OUT! Caught down the leg side! Nicholls should be very, very disappointed with himself. That is probably the worst ball you could get out too, also one of the rare bad balls Australia have bowled today. It is short and down the leg side. Nicholls looks to pull but the ball hits the glove and goes into Carey's mitts. He appeals, the umpire looks at the square leg umpire and then raises his finger. Australia have got the reward for the tight bowling. Nicholls' comeback in the team is not a good one. Jason Behrendorff begins from where he left off in his last game. 215 more needed in 244.
9.1
0
J Behrendorff to H Nicholls, That is a jaffa! Just how do you play those? This is angled into the off pole, pitches and then moves away sharply. Nicholls does nothing wrong in playing the original trajectory but is beaten by the away movement.
8.6
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Yes, it is a maiden! Slightly fuller this time on off, MG pushes it to mid off. Just the two from the last three overs. Australia building up the pressure here.
8.5
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, This is brilliant stuff! The Aussies are giving nothing away at the moment. Cummins bowls it on a length and attacks the off pole again. Guptill blocks it out. Will this be a maiden?
8.4
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Good shot but for no runs! This is angled into the batsman, Guptill pushes it to mid on.
8.3
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Another bumper, this is well-directed. Guptill ducks under it.
8.2
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Guptill seems to be getting frustrated here! He makes room and also takes a few steps down the track. Cummins bowls it short and outside off. Guptill throws his bat at it but misses.
8.1
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, On the off pole again, MG lunges and keeps it out.
7.6
1
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, No maiden! A single from the last ball! This is full and on the pads, Guptill clips it through mid-wicket for one. Back-to-back good overs for Australia.
7.5
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Continues bowling it on a length around off and Guptill once again blocks it. 5 dots in the over.
7.4
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Guptill looked to go big there. The length was not the one to go after though and he ends up defending it.
7.3
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Good length and on off, Guptill blocks it out.
7.2
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Angles this one away from the batter. Guptill pushes it to covers.
7.1
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, And the change of ends almost worked! He gets the ball to swing also. The line is a little too straight, it is around middle and then tailing back in. Guptill looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. A huge shout but the umpire turns it down. Looked close. Hawk Eye shows it would have clipped the leg pole.

Jason Behrendorff is back! Change of ends for him.

6.6
0
Pat Cummins to H Nicholls, A good solid defense to end! Good length and on off, this is defended. A tight over by Cummins.
6.5
0
Pat Cummins to H Nicholls, A stifled appeal but nothing! This is around leg, Nicholls looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
6.4
0
Pat Cummins to H Nicholls, A good short one, on the middle pole, Nicholls evades it.
6.3
0
Pat Cummins to H Nicholls, Another one on a length and just outside off, Nicholls lets it be.
6.2
0
Pat Cummins to H Nicholls, Another length ball on off, Nicholls guides it to point.
6.1
1
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, EDGY RUN! Length and around off, Guptill looks to play it late but it goes off the outside edge down to third man for one.
5.6
0
M Starc to H Nicholls, Attacks the stumps, Nicholls is solid in defense.
5.5
0
M Starc to H Nicholls, This is bowled at 153 KPH. It is outside off though, a harmless delivery. Left alone.
5.4
0
M Starc to H Nicholls, Bends his back on this one and bangs it short on middle, Nicholls looks to defend it off the back foot but fails to get on top of the bounce. It hits the outer part of the bat and rolls towards cover.
5.4
0
M Starc to H Nicholls, Bangs this short and on middle, Nicholls ducks under it and it has been wided.
5.3
0
M Starc to H Nicholls, On the fuller side again, Nicholls pushes it to mid on.
5.2
4
M Starc to H Nicholls, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! This is on the leg side. A little too straight, Henry Nicholls goes back and works it through square leg.
5.1
4
M Starc to H Nicholls, FOUR! Good shot to get off the mark! Just used the pace of the bowler. Full and on middle, Nicholls puts bat to ball and strokes it past mid on. Finch does give it a chase from that position but he finishes second best.
4.6
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, A dot to end! So just the boundary from the over. This is on the pads, Guptill works it to square leg.

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4.5
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Good fielding! On the shorter side and around off, Guptill stands tall and pushes it towards cover. Stoinis there dives to his left and stops it.
4.4
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Unplayable! Not a lot you can do with that! This is angled into the batsman, pitches on off and then straightens. Squares Guptill up as he tries to defend. Martin's outside edge is beaten.
4.3
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Back of a length delivery around off, Guptill opens the face of the bat and guides it to point.
4.2
0
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, Corrects his line this time and lands it on middle, Guptill keeps it out.
4.1
4
Pat Cummins to M Guptill, FOUR! A loosener to begin with! On the pads, Guptill says thank you very much and works it fine on the leg side for a boundary.

Pat Cummins is on now!

3.6
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Good ball to end the over! Around a length on middle, this one comes back in. Guptill looks to defend but misses to get hit high on the pads. The ball rolls down to third man. A leg bye taken.
3.5
0
M Starc to M Guptill, On the stumps, Guptill works it towards square leg.
3.4
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Another length delivery outside off, Guptill shoulders arms to this one.
3.4
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Another wide! This time by Starc! It is down the leg side, Guptill misses his flick.
3.3
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Another length ball outside off, Guptill leaves it alone.
3.2
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Good length and on middle, Guptill gets right behind the line and defends it.
3.1
0
M Starc to M Guptill, On the pads, Guptill looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
2.6
3
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, The extra ball produces three runs! A little too straight this time, Guptill works it through wide mid on for three.
2.6
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, WIDE! Tries to bowl it a little too straight but ends up spraying it down the leg side. Wided.
2.5
4
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, FOUR! In the gap! First boundary of the run chase! Full and width on offer. Guptill hits it through cover-point and the ball races away.
2.4
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Continues attacking the stumps by bowling it on a length. Defended.
2.3
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Very full around off, Guptill mistimes it to covers. JB is not getting the ball to move a lot here.
2.2
0
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Good length and on off, blocked.
2.1
2
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, Back of a length and outside off, Guptill stands tall and guides it through backward point for two. Starc does well to run to his right from third man and stop it with a slide.
1.6
0
M Starc to H Nicholls, On the fuller side, Nicholls pushes it to mid on. Just the single from the second over as well.
1.5
0
M Starc to H Nicholls, This is on the pads, Nicholls looks to flick but is late on the shot. It hits the batter on the pad and rolls on the leg side.
1.4
1
M Starc to M Guptill, Good running! This is around off, Guptill plays it with soft hands towards Smith at slip. The batters go for one.
1.3
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Well bowled again! This is slightly fuller and just outside off, comes back in but not enough to make the batter play.
1.2
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Left that on length! Shortish and just outside off, it comes back in. Guptill lets it be and it goes over the middle pole. It actually clipped the thigh pad.
1.1
0
M Starc to M Guptill, Not the best of starts by him! He goes short and outside off, Guptill watches it go to the keeper. Carey collects it head height.

Mitchell Starc to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
J Behrendorff to H Nicholls, Just the single from the first over! A good one by Jason! Back of a length again on off, this is blocked.
0.5
0
J Behrendorff to H Nicholls, Back of a length on off, Nicholls stands tall and defends it onto the ground.
0.4
0
J Behrendorff to H Nicholls, A muted appeal! This is around middle and this one comes back in. Nicholls looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Slipping down leg.
0.3
0
J Behrendorff to H Nicholls, A little too straight this time, Nicholls looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
0.2
0
J Behrendorff to H Nicholls, On a good length and around off, this is blocked.
0.1
1
J Behrendorff to M Guptill, A cracking shot just for a run! Slightly fuller and around off, there is no swing visible on the first ball. Guptill pushes it right off the middle to mid off for one. The chase is underway.

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...