How many times have you seen Australia performing like underdogs in the last few years? Well, if you can’t remember any such day, then watch the clash between Aussies and Kiwis in the 20th match of Pool A, taking place at Eden Park, Auckland. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first at a batting-friendly pitch. At one time, they had scored 80 runs in 13 overs for the loss of 1 wicket. But the wicket fall that started from this stage didn’t stop, and the entire Australian team collapsed for 151 runs in 32 overs.
Playing at number 8, wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin made 43 runs off 41 balls and tried to rescue his team, but couldn’t do much. New Zealand pacer Trent Boult took five wickets while Southee and Vettori claimed two each. One wicket went to all-rounder Corey Anderson’s account.
Kiwis started their innings in the same manner as they did been doing so far in the world cup. Brendon McCullum scored 50 off 24 deliveries and hit 7 fours and 3 huge sixes. His fifty came off 21 deliveries, the third fastest knock of the world cup. New Zealand’s score was 78 runs for 1 wicket in 7 overs when he was batting. While trying to hit Cummins over cover for four, he gave a simple catch to Starc. Kiwi team lost 2 quick wickets after McCullum’s fall and came down to 80 for 4 in 9.2 overs before the innings break.
As of now, the game is hanging in balance, and one or two quick wickets from here can turn this game in Australia’s favour. New Zealand needs another 72 runs with 6 wickets and almost 40 overs in hand. It will be interesting to see if they go for a quick finish or focus on playing a waiting game and give the opposition a chance to fight back.
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