Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Zealand seals a thrilling one wicket victory over Australia

New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket in a low scoring but breathtaking World Cup match in Pool A. It was the sixth one-wicket victory in World Cup history.
After coming to chase a paltry 152, the Kiwi reached the target with 161 balls remaining at hand. However, it was not an easy win as the World Cup co-host lost five wickets for 15 runs, slipping from 131-4 to 146-9. It was Kane Williamson who led his team to a victory in 23.1 overs hitting a six off Pat Cummins at Eden Park in Auckland.
Mitchell Starc took his career best figures of 6 for 28 while Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell took two and one wicket respectively.
Batting first, Australia scored 151 runs losing all wickets. They made a promising start but lost eight wickets for 26 runs as Australia slipped from 80-2 to 106-9. Brad Haddin scored 43 runs from 41 balls and made 45-run partnership along with Cummins in the last wicket stand.
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult claimed five wickets for 27. Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori took two wickets apiece while Corey Anderson took the last wicket.
New Zealand has already secured their place in the quarter-finals winning all four matches in the group stage. To remain their top position, they will have to win only one from their remaining two matches- against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

On the other hand, Australia has managed to gain three points from three matches. In order to secure their place in the next round, they will take on Afghanistan on Wednesday in Perth.