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ICC World T20 2016: New Zealand beat Australia by 8 runs

Updated: 18 March 2016 18:40 IST - Published: 18 March 2016 13:12 IST
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After all the pre-game talk of rain, it was bright and sunny throughout and there wasn't a speck of rain to take the gloss away from an enthralling encounter between the Trans-Tasman rivals. That's it from me here but do follow the action of the next game between England and South Africa here.
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For his three wickets, two of them in the penultimate over, Mitchell McClenaghan was awarded the Man of the Match. Another inspired change by Williamson, who brought him in for McCullum and that worked once again.
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Both innings followed a similar pattern in terms of run-scoring but thanks to different bowling. While Australia suffocated through pace, the Kiwis did so through spin on a track that was offering plenty of turn. Santner picked up two wickets, Sodhi only got one but had an economy rate of just 3.5 and the fast bowlers held their nerve in the last two covers to give New Zealand two wins from two and all but have one step in the semi-finals.
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19.6 Anderson to Zampa, 2 runs, hits it into the gap for a couple and New Zealand beat Australia by 8 runs.
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Anderson has repaid the captain's faith.
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19.5 Anderson to Coulter-Nile, WICKET, the batsman have chopped on and that is the game, unless there is a no-ball and a maximum.
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11 needed off two balls. Australia need boundaries.
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19.4 Anderson to Nevill, 1 run, better ball and that is dragged down to long-on for just a single.
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19.3 Anderson to Nevill, SIX, first ball he has faced and he has just flicked that over wide long-on for a six.
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18 needed off four balls and Peter Nevill on strike.
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19.2 Anderson to Coulter-Nile, 1 run, no timing whatsoever and that is just a single to long-off.
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19 needed off 5 balls.
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19.1 Anderson to Faulkner, WICKET, that was an attempted slog but that is another brilliant diving catch by Guptill.
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Corey Anderson has the responsibility of bowling the final over.
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19 needed off the last over.
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Just three runs came off that McClenaghan over, including two wickets. Excellent over under pressure.
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18.6 McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run, another slower ball, this time slightly shorter and he can only get a single.
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20 needed off 7 balls.
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18.5 McClenaghan to Agar, WICKET, tries to flick it over fine-leg but Ross Taylor takes a brilliant catch diving to his right and Australia are seven-down.
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18.4 McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run, inside edge to the keeper and he takes a single.
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21 needed off 9 balls.
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18.3 McClenaghan to Faulkner, no run, another slower ball and Faulkner fails to make contact.
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18.2 McClenaghan to Agar, 1 legbye, another slower ball and he picks up a legbye to short fine-leg.
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Need two runs a ball from now. But it will be Agar on strike.
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James Faulkner comes to the crease.
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18.1 McClenaghan to Marsh, WICKET, goes for the big mow but it is a slower ball and that is a simple catch at long-on for Adam Milne.
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McClenaghan to bowl the penultimate over.
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22 needed off the last two overs.
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17.6 Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run, driven firmly down the ground and Marsh keeps strike for the penultimate over.
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17.5 Sodhi to Agar, 1 run, misfield from Guptill at cover allows the single.
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17.4 Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run, driven firmly down the ground and that is another single.
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17.3 Sodhi to Marsh, no run, Marsh tries to hit it over cover but misses the ball.
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17.2 Sodhi to Agar, 1 run, cut to deep point for a single.
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17.1 Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single.
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Those questioning Agar's promotion might have just had their answer with that six.
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16.6 Santner to Agar, SIX, that was hit straight past the bowler's head for another maximum.
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16.5 Santner to Marsh, 1 run, guided past backward point and he takes a single to get off strike.
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16.4 Santner to Marsh, SIX, Marsh shows he can hit it out of the park as he deposits one over long-on.
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16.3 Santner to Marsh, no run, hit back to the bowler.
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16.2 Santner to Agar, 1 run, gets off the mark in T20Is. guided to short fine leg.
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16.1 Santner to Marsh, 1 run, driven firmly to sweeper cover for a single.
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Was that the over that changed the complexion of the game?
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15.6 Sodhi to Agar, no run, punched back to the bowler and that ends a brilliant over from Sodhi that cost just 1 run and included a wicket as well.
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15.5 Sodhi to Agar, no run, guided on the bounce to first slip.
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On debut, Agar is on strike.
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15.4 Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run, slightly short and that is pulled down the ground for a single.
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15.3 Sodhi to Marsh, no run, driven firmly to cover, who fields once again.
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15.2 Sodhi to Marsh, no run, punched to cover.
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Ashton Agar is promoted ahead of Faulkner.