New Zealand vs Australia, Match 37

World Cup, 2019 | Match 37 | Saturday 29th June | 12:30
 Match Ended
New Zealand
157 (43.4) RR:3.59
243/9 (50.0) RR:4.86
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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.

W 43.4
Mitchell Starc to Mitchell 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!

0 43.3
Mitchell Starc to Mitchell Santner

Santner backs away and Starc follows him with a low full toss. Santner mistimes it to mid off.

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