World Cup 2019: Australia vs New Zealand- Mitchell Starc’s second fifer lits up an inspirational win for Australia as Trent Boult’s hat-trick goes in vain.
MATCH 37: AUSTRALIA VS NEW ZEALAND SCORECARD
Australia: 243-9 in 50 overs | Won by 86 runs
Usman Khawaja: 88(129) | Alex Carey: 71(72) | Trent Boult: 4-51
New Zealand: 157-10 in 43.4 overs
Kane Williamson: 40(51) | Mitchell Starc: 5-26 | Jason Behrendorff: 2-31
Player of the Match: Alex Carey
World Cup 2019, Australia vs New Zealand: Mitchell Starc bowls yet another lethal spell of 5-26, but it was Alex Carey’s wonderful 71(72) down the order that changed the game for Australia.
If ‘dominance’ had an adjective, it has to be ‘Australia at World Cups’. Such has been the level of dominance of this side in World Cups. They cease to exists with their performance before the World Cup, but somehow show relentless determination when they play in World Cups.
Batting first, Australia were in all sorts of bother as their top 3 players, Warner, Finch, and Smith were back in the hut under 50 runs, while Maxwell and Stoinis too couldn’t do anything leaving Australia reeling at 92-5 after 21.3 overs.
That’s when Alex Carey, who has been superb down the order for Australia came to their rescue as he built a brilliant partnership with Usman Khawaja to take Australia to 199-5 in 42.6 overs.
Carey got out after scoring a brilliant 71(72), but Usman Khawaja carried on as he made a solid 88(129) that helped Australia pose a competitive total of 243-9 in 50 overs.
Meanwhile, Trent Boult claimed the second hat-trick of World Cup 2019 as he got to the milestone in the 50th over dismissing Khawaja, Starc, and Benrendorff.
It was a no brainer that New Zealand needed their best batsman, Kane Williamson to step up once again if New Zealand had to chase a decent 244.
But, how many times would Kane Williamson’s individual brilliance win the match for New Zealand?. Other players would have to step up if they have to be the champions.
Anyway, New Zealand gave a horrible performance during the chase as openers failed to provide a good start, Middle-order failed to contribute, all-rounders didn’t impress with their performance, and Kane Williamson too couldn’t carry on after getting a good start.
Meanwhile, some smart captaincy by Aaron Finch got the best out of Mitchell Starc, who got important breakthroughs whenever Australia needed, and he ended up taking his second 5-fer of the tournament.
Courtesy to some brilliant bowling by Australia, they registered a dominant victory over New Zealand as the Kiwis were eventually bundled out for a meager 157 in 43.4 overs.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR NEW ZEALAND?
- Another failed outing for the New Zealand openers.
- Over-dependence on Kane Williamson, the batsman.
- New Zealand’s lack of firepower down the order.
- Martin Guptill’s stunning catch to dismiss Steve Smith in the 12th over.
- Trent Boult’s hat-trick in the 50th over.
- Steve Smith’s stunning flying catch to dismiss Tom Latham in the 36th over.
Match 38: INDIA VS ENGLAND
Date: June 30, 2019
Time: 3 pm IST
England have an uphill task in hand as they run into the unbeaten, Indian side to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.