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- Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 37
243/9 (50.0 ov)
157/10 (43.4 ov)
Australia won by 86 runs
Player of the match:
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"Very happy with the performance. Great partnership by Carey and Khawaja. It was important that we tried to give the middle order some time in the middle but surely not in the way we did today. Carey's innings was great. He struck the ball beautifully. Starc and Lyon were also very good. We have a lot of wicket-taking options in the middle overs. A lot of ideas go into the planning phase and glad that the Smith plan to De Grandhomme worked out today."
"It was a fairly challenging surface. If you hit the right areas, there was enough purchase. We were in a position of strength in the first half of the first innings. A lot of credit to the way they rebuilt. The match-ups dictated the way I handled the bowlers and that meant I had to roll my arm over a little more. We weren't able to break the Carey-Khawaja partnership and that cost us. Australia adapted a lot better than us. We needed one major partnership where we could soak up the pressure. It was tough going but it wasn't to be today. We need to make the right decisions against England. The rest will help us freshen a bit."
Alex Carey is the Player of the Match!
"Not the start we wanted. When I went in, I wanted to occupy the crease and assess the conditions. The pitch did play a bit on the slower side. I wanted to keep it simple and stick to my strengths. Credit also has to go to Khawaja for his innings and Starc for the wickets at the end. Feeling really good behind the stumps as well and I'm glad I held onto Taylor's catch."
Australia win by 86 runs!
Australia were put under the cosh early courtesy some brilliant bowling by New Zealand. They were reduced to 92-5 at one point and had it not been for Carey and Khawaja, they could well have been staring at a mediocre score. However, having said that, the Black Caps were also guilty of letting the game drift after the initial breakthroughs and that enabled Australia to muster 243 on the board.
The Kiwi innings started off promisingly but it soon got stuck in the mud. Thereafter, it kept on sinking deeper into the quicksand with their lack of belligerence a real concern. Moreover, their batting again looked too reliant on Williamson and Taylor. Once the pair was dismissed, the New Zealand batting folded quite swiftly. Despite going unbeaten for the opening seven games, the Black Caps' campaign is now in serious danger of unravelling spectacularly.
Starc has five!
Starc bowls a short delivery at the body of Santner and the latter tries to help the ball on its way over fine leg. However, the ball takes the toe end of the bat and goes straight down Behrendorff's throat at fine leg. Starc has another five-wicket haul, his third in World Cup cricket. In the process, he also becomes the first bowler to boast of such numbers. Remarkable.
Starc has bowled two dot balls to Santner in the 44th over.
Starc comes on to bowl his final over. He has figures of 9-1-26-4. Can he finish with a five-wicket haul?
The most entertaining part of New Zealand's reply has been Boult facing up to Starc, using a variety of rather unconventional techniques to survive. And
, above all, is a damning assessment of how the Kiwi essay has panned out.
He's half-way there!
Starc bowls a full length delivery from around the wicket and Ferguson inexplicably goes onto the back foot. In fairness to the Kiwi, there was not much expected of him anyway. The ball pitches and straightens just a shade before crashing into off-stump. Starc's fourth wicket and he now has a crack at Boult to exact some revenge for the latter's yorker to him earlier in the day.
And Starc is on a hat trick!
41.1 OUT! Bowled. Mitchell Starc to Lockie Ferguson. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement defending, missed to.
Starc to Ferguson. Can he mop up the tail?
NZ: 144/8(RR 3.51)
. . 1 . . 2wd .
40.6 Nathan Lyon to Mitchell Santner. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to point for no runs, fielded by Finch.
40.6 Wide Nathan Lyon to Lockie Ferguson. Off break length ball, off stump no foot movement Leave, Left to short fine leg for 2 runs, mis-fielded by Carey, fielded by Smith.
Nearly another sensational catch!
Santner danced down the track and hit the ball towards the fielder at mid on. Warner leapt in the air and stuck out his left hand. However, the ball took his fingertips and hit the ground.
40.5 Nathan Lyon to Lockie Ferguson. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to point for no runs, fielded by Cummins.
40.4 Nathan Lyon to Lockie Ferguson. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Lyon.
40.3 Nathan Lyon to Mitchell Santner. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, well timed to mid on for 1 run, dropped catch by Warner.
40.2 Nathan Lyon to Mitchell Santner. Off break length ball, middle stump on the front foot defending, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Maxwell.
40.1 Nathan Lyon to Mitchell Santner. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Carey.
Starc has his third!
Starc bowls a length delivery from around the wicket and the ball comes in with the angle. He raps Sodhi on the pads and the batsman is caught on the crease. After much deliberation, Sodhi goes for the review but he is left disappointed as DRS returns with umpire's call on the 'wickets' column. New Zealand are now staring at an 80-90 run defeat, a margin that would clearly not help their net run rate.
NZ: 141/8(RR 3.52)
. . . 1 1 2wd 1wd W
39.6 OUT! L.B.W. Mitchell Starc to Ish Sodhi. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement defending, hit pad to.
39.6 Wide Mitchell Starc to Ish Sodhi. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot glancing, hit pad to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Carey.
39.6 Wide Mitchell Starc to Mitchell Santner. Short, off stump on the back foot pulling, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Carey, fielded by Behrendorff.
39.5 Mitchell Starc to Ish Sodhi. Yorker, middle stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Lyon.
39.4 Mitchell Starc to Mitchell Santner. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot flick, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Stoinis.
39.3 Mitchell Starc to Mitchell Santner. Off cutter yorker, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Warner.