Defending champions Australia thrashed New Zealand at Lord’s in London on Saturday with an 86 run victory. Now Australia are on top position of the World Cup points table, they have 14 points from 8 matches.
The defeat to Australia took a toll on New Zealand’s chances of reaching the semi-finals since they now have lost back-to-back matches. New Zealand need to win their final group-stage match against England on July 3 to seal the semi-final berth. A defeat in their final match will jeopardise their chances if either Pakistan or Bangladesh win their remaining matches by huge margins.
While chasing 244, Black Caps lost opener Henry Nicholls, who had replaced out-of-form Colin Munro, early. Martin Guptill was cautious with his approach but failed to convert a start as he perished for 20 in 43 balls.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor joined hands for the 3rd wicket and the duo added 55 from 75 balls but Mitchell Starc removed the New Zealand captain to swing the match in Australia’s favour. Ross Taylor followed suit and his dismissal triggered the New Zealand collapse.
From 118 for 3, New Zealand were reduced to 141 for 8 as the likes of Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon struck in the middle overs.
Mitchell Starc, with a record-setting third five-wicket haul in World Cups, and Jason Behrendorff who removed the New Zealand openers were the pick of the bowlers for Australia.
Earlier, in the day, Australia were reeling at 92 for 5 after Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham tore into the top-order. David Warner and Aaron Finch suffered rare failure, putting pressure on the untested Australian middle-order.
However, Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja added an Australian World Cup record stand for the 6th wicket (107) to take Australia past 200. Carey fell for a counter-attacking 71 and Usman Khawaja fell for 88 but only after helping their team set a competitive total.
Trent Boult had become only the first New Zealand bowler and the 10th overall to pick a World Cup hat-trick. Boult cleaned up Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff in successive deliveries in the final over of Australian innings.
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