Australia emerged victorious in the nail-biting match against New Zealand by 5 runs in the ICC World Cup 2023 encounter at the HCPA Stadium, Dharamsala.
The Assuies fielding the 49th over was outstanding as the fielders saved 6 runs from 3 balls during Mitchell Stac’s over.
The Kangaroos gave a whopping target of 389 to the Kiwis who in return could only make 383 before all the overs were exhausted.
The Kiwis’ openers Dewon Conway and Will Young posted a first-wicket partnership of 61 runs, but the most crucial; one was between Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell, which lasted for 95 runs.
Mitchell amassed 5451 balls which included 6 fours and a maximum. Rabcindra was the star for New Zealand as he scored 116 runs from 89 balls. He smashed 9 fours and 5 maximums.
James Neesham kept the Kiwis’ hopes alive till the very end before he was run out on the 5th ball of the 49th over. He amassed 58 runs from 39 balls. He smashed 3 fours and as many maximums.
Returning from injury, Australian left-arm batter Travis Head made a remarkable impression as he played a blistering inning of 109 runs from just 67 balls. He hit 10 fours and 7 maximums. This was his first match in the ICC World Cup 2023. David Warner also shone with the bat as he scored an impressive 81 runs from 65 balls, including 5 fours and 6 maximums.
However, after the departure of the openers, the Aussies slowed down and were losing wickets gradually. They were hoping to set up a total of around 350, but this was not the case. Their destructive batter Glenn Maxwell played an inning of 41 runs from 24 balls with 5 fours and 2 maximums. This helped the Kangaroos lift up the total on the scoreboard to 388.
Josh Inglis also played well but was not able to contribute enough as he scored 38 runs from 28 balls with 4 fours and a maximum.
The Kangaroos skipper Pat Cummins was also one of the crucial players who helped in lifting up the score. He scored 37 off 14 balls which included 2 fours and 4 maximums.
The Aussies were, however, all out with only four balls to spare.
After the nail-biting encounter, the Aussies are at the fourth spot with 8 points and a net run rate (NRR) of +0.970, while the Kiwis are at the third spot with 8 points and an NRR of +1.232.