New Zealand scrapped past Australia’s low total of 151 scored in 32.2 overs against the allotted 50 overs in a World Cup match surprisingly by only one wicket remaining. The co-hosts of the tournament locked horns in the league stage, and Australia could score paltry 151, but its opponent also lost nine wickets in scoring past that score. New Zealand could score the necessary runs, and win Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in Auckland.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. They were cruising well and were comfortably placed at 80 for one, but were soon reduced to 106 for nine. Trent Boult took five Australian wickets in just 18 balls to bring them to their knees. Australia eventually was all out for a paltry 151 in 32.3 overs. Many Australian batsmen got out due to poor shots. However, when the turn of New Zealand came, players again faltered amazingly. New Zealand team capitulated by the onslaught of Australia’s Mitchell Starc who took six for 28, a career best bowling performance. Nevertheless, New Zealand won by a slender margin of one wicket by scoring 152 runs in the second innings in the World Cup ODI.
Thus, what Boult did for New Zealand, Mitchell did for Australia. Other notable achievement worth-mentioning had been a scintillating batting by Brendon McCullum who contributed the most in New Zealand’s victory. However, it was Kane Williamson who hit a six to get the victory for his side, and contributed 45 not out. New Zealand also was going ahead comfortably before a sudden collapse. It was a fifty-fifty game for both teams towards the end of the game. However, New Zealanders right in the middle held their nerves, and scored a memorable win.