Live Cricket Score: Under New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's efficient captainship, Australia was bowled out for 151 runs, leaving enough scope for New Zealand to conquer Australia...
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand beat Australia by 1 wicket under Brendon McCullum’s efficient captainship. Australia’s final score was 152 runs in 23.1 overs. Australia was bowled out for 151 runs, leaving enough scope for New Zealand to conquer Australia.
New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult destroyed a powerful Australia batting lineup with an astonishing display of left-arm swing bowling in the cricket World Cup Pool A match at Eden Park on Saturday.
Boult captured five wickets for one run during his second spell to help reduce Australia to 151 all out from 32.2 overs before a noisy capacity crowd of 40,000 on a glorious summer’s day.
He finished his 10 overs with five for 27, his first five-wicket haul in a one-day international, with three maidens.
There was no hint of what was to follow when Tim Southee conceded 15 runs off the first over of the day after Michael Clarke, returning from injury, had won the toss and opted to bat.
David Warner slashed a six off Southee’s second over the short third man boundary and Aaron Finch struck the pace bowler over mid-on into the stands off the third.
With his next ball Southee knocked Finch’s off stump out of the ground after he had scored 14.
Warner and Shane Watson took the score to 80 when Brendon McCullum introduced Daniel Vettori into the attack.
Bowling with his accustomed flight and guile, the left-arm spinner put a brake on the scoring and the frustrated Watson (23) perished when he pulled a short delivery straight to Southee at mid-wicket.
Southee switched ends and was rewarded with the wicket of Warner lbw for 34 to a full delivery which thudded on to his pads.
Wickets began to tumble in quick succession with Steve Smith (4) falling caught behind by Luke Ronchi off Vettori from a thick inside edge, while Glenn Maxwell (1) and Mitchell Marsh (0) both dragged deliveries from Boult on to their stumps.
Clarke (12) and Michell Johnson (1) fell to simple catches by Kane Wiliamson off Boult who then bowled Mitchell Starc for a duck.
Brad Haddin took a four and a six off Vettori’s final over and showed the pitch had not suddenly become a minefield by reaching the top score of 43.
The experienced wicketkeeper hit four boundaries and two sixes before he sliced Corey Anderson’s second ball to substitute fielder Tom Latham at short third man after hitting the first over the boundary.
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New Zealand innings:
24th over – Kane Williamson seals New Zealand’s thrilling one-wicket win when he smashes Cummins down the ground for six. Williamson finishes unbeaten on 45. NZ: 152-9
23rd over – Starc bowls Adam Milne for a second ball duck then knocks over Tim Southee’s stumps first ball. Starc has 6-28. Australia needs one wicket to win, New Zealand requires six runs. NZ: 146-9.
146/9 in 22.5 overs
22nd over – Daniel Vettori hits a full toss from Cummins straight to Dave Warner at mid-on for two. NZ: 145-7.
21st over – Ronchi, unable to add to his score, gloves a catch to Haddin off Starc. NZ: 139-6.
20th over – Anderson goes for 26, caught by Cummins at mid-on, off the bowling of Glenn Maxwell. The new batsman Luke Ronchi gets off the mark with a six, leaving the Black Caps needing just 15 to win with five wickets in hand. NZ: 137-5.
115/4 in 16 overs
15th over – Cory Anderson calms New Zealand’s nerves when he cracks two boundaries and a six off Johnson as the home team reach triple figures. NZ: 108-4.
81/4 in 10 overs
80/4 in 9.2 overs
9th over – New Zealand lose a third wicket when Ross Taylor is bowled by Starc for one. Lunch is taken with New Zealand 79-3.
8th over – McCullum departs for 50, caught by Starc at mid-off. Cummings is the bowler this time. NZ: 79-2.
7th over – McCullum belts Johnson for two fours and a six to reach his half-century off just 21 balls. NZ: 72-1.
Martin Guptill out! Score: 40/1 in 4 overs
39 runs in 3 overs
4th over – New Zealand lose their first wicket when Guptill falls for 11, caught by Pat Cummings at mid-off. The bowler was Starc. NZ: 40-1.
35 runs in 2.3 overs
2nd over – Brendon McCullum leaves the Australians in no doubt about his intentions, smashing 14 runs, including a six, off Mitchell Starc’s first over. NZ: 25-0.
18 runs in 1.1 overs
1st over – Mitchell Johnson concedes 11 runs off his first legitimate delivery. He starts with a no-ball which Martin Guptill flicks away for four, then gives up six off the free-hit. NZ: 11-0.
1 overs: 11/0
0.1 overs: 11 runs
33rd over – Cory Anderson is introduced to the attack. Haddin belts his first delivery down the ground for six but is dismissed next ball for 43, edging a catch to Ross Taylor at third short-man. AUS: all out 151 in 32.2 overs.
30th over – Haddin, growing in confidence, smashes a full toss from Adam Milne to the boundary rope as Australia’s last pair try to salvage a score. AUS: 140-9.
25th over – With only one wicket left, Australia call their powerplay and take 13 off Vettori’s over, including a four through mid-off and a six down the ground from Brad Haddin. AUS: 124-9.
22nd over – Boult captures two more wickets in four balls to complete his first ODI five-wicket haul. He gets rid of Mitchell Johnson for one with Kane Williamson taking a great catch at short cover. Then Boult bowled Mitchell Starc for a duck. AUS: 106-9.
20th over – Australia captain Michael Clarke (12) pushed Boult straight to Kane Williamson at short cover. The Australians had lost their last six wickets for 24 runs. AUS: 104-7
18th over – Australia were plunged into disarray when New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum recalled Boult who bowled Glenn Maxwell (1) and Mitchell Marsh (0) with deliveries which both batsmen dragged on to their stumps. AUS 97-6
17th over – Vettori captured his second wicket when Steve Smith (4) edged a full delivery off the inside edge straight to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps. AUS: 96-4
14th over – Southee, brought back to replace Boult, dismissed Warner (34) with the first ball of the next over. The left-hander called for a review after a full delivery thudded into his pads but the television replay showed the ball would have hit the stumps. AUS: 85-3
13th over – Shane Watson, who had struggled against Boult’s left-arm swing, pulled Vettori straight to Southee at mid-wicket and was out for 23. AUS: 80-2
9th over – Boult at third man just failed to get his right hand to a slash from David Warner, who was on 28, off Vettori’s bowling. AUS: 62-1
7th over – Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori replaced Southee, whose three overs had cost 32 runs, and immediately hit a challenging length, conceding only two runs. AUS: 53-1
3rd over – Aaron Finch drove Southee over mid-on for six but was then clean bowled for 14 by the following delivery which knocked his off stump out of the ground. AUS: 36-1
1st over – Tim Southee conceded 15 runs off his opening over, including two wides. AUS: 15-0
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins
Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Referees: Marais Erasmus (Umpire), Richard Illingworth (Umpire), Sundaram Ravi (TV umpire), Chris Broad (Match referee)
Fast bowler Pat Cummins replaced Josh Hazelwood in the Australian side to further strengthen their impressive pace attack while their tournament co-hosts New Zealand named an unchanged side.
The Australians, who have won 11 of their 16 one-day matches against New Zealand at Eden Park, trail the home side in the Pool A standings after their game against Bangladesh was rained off following a decisive victory over England.
New Zealand have beaten Sri Lanka, Scotland and England and were full of confidence before Saturday’s match after showing consistent form in both the one-day and the test arenas over the past 18 months.
A capacity crowd of 40,000 poured into Eden Park, where New Zealand defeated Australia in the opening game of the 1992 tournament and the game started in glorious sunshine with a predicted high temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
On paper both sides are evenly matched with aggressive opening batsmen, solid middle orders and forceful finishers down the order. Both teams also possess potent fast bowling resources..
“The wicket looks fantastic, pretty even for both teams,” Clarke said in a pitchside interview. “There’s a good crowd, let’s hope we can entertain them.”
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he would have bowled first if he had won the toss.
“The wicket looks great, the outfield looks amazing,” he said. “This is certainly one of the big games for us. Same team for us, that’s the beauty of our side and we’ll chase whatever total they set us.”