Blog, NZ v AUS: Starc picks five as Australia thump NZ by 86 runs
Australia trump New Zealand by 86 runs in an otherwise easy contest at Lord's in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Southern Hemisphere rivalry turned out to be a dampner, really!
What an imposing win this for the Aussies. Cricket, bloody hell! It was Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrondorff again that did the Kiwis. They shared nine-wicket together to send England packing—Behrondorff picked five-for then—in their last match and in today’s game, they shared seven-wickets between them with Starc picking up five. They beat New Zealand by 86 runs.
However, it was the New Zealand who went first up in the game, dismissing the openers and Steve Smith early on. But Usman Khawaja’s gruelling innings and Alex Carey’s glorious innings helped Australia put up a respectable total of 243, which on this pitch looked like a defending total.
And defend they did. That, too, in style. They broke through the gates, dismissing both the openers under 50. Williamson played a scratchy cameo in an otherwise dismal batting effort from the erstwhile league table toppers here at Cricket World Cup 2019. Trent Boult picked a hat-trick last over but it was Lockie Ferguson's short ball that rattled Australia right up top. But that wasn't enough. They let off Australia when they were five down--and this hurt the Kiwis real bad. There’s more to be done from them. Meanwhile, with this win Australia are guaranteed the top two spots in the points table.
A fifer for Starc!
Australia win. Starc picks up a five-wicket haul. Brilliant bowling from Australia's best bowler.
Cleaned 'em up! No other bowler is as devastating to the tail as Starc (well, there's Burah as well!). Australia are now one wicket away from winning this match. It's two-in-two for him as well. Can he get a hat-trick? No, Boult doesn't want to share. Just about defends it. Shaky over. Almost cleans 'em all.
Starc gets another!
Starc has gone angled this one in to the right-handed Ish Sodhi. It shapes in from wide of the crease and strikes Sodhi on the pads. Called leg-before, but they review this. The decision remains the same. Starc gets his third wicket!
Jimmy Neesham falls!
Nothing's been going New Zealand's way. They tried defence; they tried offence--they lost wickets doing both. Nowhere close to the chase. Now that the pressure was building up, Neesham decides to have a go. He swings across the line, top edges it to deep midwicket. Lyon takes the catch himself!
Should Tom have played for Tom?
It's no brainer why Latham is still in the team. Should the Kiwis' team management have played the other Tom--Tom Blundell? This is Latham's performance so far in the World Cup 2019. 41 runs from six innings that he has come out to bat.
0 vs Bangladesh
13* vs Afghanistan
1 vs South Africa
12 vs West Indies
1 vs Pakistan
14 vs Australia
And you thought that blinder from Guptill was the moment of the day? Superman stuff from Steve Smith. WHAT A CATCH! He flies it to his right and pulls it out with his right hand. Starc returns. Starc gets another! Just like that. He'd take a wicket even while yawning, Mitchell. Earlier today, Stevie was out credit a superb catch by Guptill. He has shown that he could do the same--if not better!
Goes for a DUCK!
Guess what, Smithy has got a wicket here as well. Just after Ross Taylor's wicket, Colin de Grandhomme hits a loopy outside off delivery straight down Khawaja's throat at wide long off. What a shame!
A bowler-batsman-bowler? He is bowling off breaks to the left-handed batsmen and leg breaks to the right-handed batsmen.
Taylor is GONE!
Ross Taylor finally runs out of patience. He moves across the line, and decides to target the shorter boundary for a six. Instead, the ball takes the top edge of his bat and balloons up in the air. Carey positions himself well and takes it low down in front of him. What a time to get a wicket!
OUT! Starc gets Williamson
One genius gets the other! Williamson is gone. Starc delivers, yet again. Just like that. How many times has he done that for Australia! How many times has he broken a dangerous looking partnership! The ball angling across, takes the outside edge and goes to the keeper.
Hundred up for NZ after 26.2 overs.
NZ need 152 runs in 25 overs
New Zealand are 92/2 halfway through the chase, and they require 152 runs more from the other 25 overs. Mitchell Starc is back into the attack. Expect Finch to use him in short spells; more so, in the end when he'll exploit the reverse swing.
It's Maxwell now...
Australia are experimenting a lot here with the ball. First up, it was Steve Smith. One over in, and he was replaced by Finch. One over later, Maxwell is into the attack. Maybe, they're keeping Lyon for the later part of the innings? Or, are they trying to cut on Stoinis' over? Interesting.
Meanwhile, Williamson has lifted a length ball from Stoinis over deep midwicket for a six. The first of the day!
Where should you bowl to Williamson?
The best bet for quick bowlers is to bowl a tight stump and channel line and look to swing the ball away.
Williamson gets another lifeline!
DROPPED! Difficult chance for Carey. Behrendorff is bowling brilliantly; got a fifer last match against England, and now he's already taken two. An off-cutter going away from Williamson; he chased it though and ended up toe-edging it behind. carey gets a finger on it as it runs away from him towards third man.
New Zealand could've been three wickets down. Williamson survives. He looks to drive the one tossed outside off, takes the outside edge, and goes to the first slip. Steve Smith drops it. But that's a tough one. It hit the wicketkeeper's pads and deviates quickly--to fast for Smith to react. Lyon's overs will be challenging.
New Zealand are struggling a little bit. They're 47/2 after 16 overs.
Behrendorff strikes TWO!
That's the second wicket for Jason Behrendorff. A full length ball, angling into Guptill, strikes him right on the pad. A bit of swing as it comes back into him. He gets his front foot in front, but the ball is full and quick. The swing gets him. The bat was nowhere near the ball. So, both the openers are back in the hut after getting a start.
What a turnaround!
GONE! New Zealand lose their first
Pretty frustrating this for Henry Nicholls. And it's quite funny, really! A short ball down the leg side and it could have been dispatched anywhere towards the fine leg; instead, he's strangled and gloves it to the wicketkeeper. Just before that, he bowled a peach of a delivery--one that hit the deck and went to the wicketkeeper sniffing the outside edge of the bat.
He was set, looked promising. But Nicholls has to depart. Australia draw first blood; its Behrendorff's first!
First ball of the eighth over, and Behrendorff almost gets his man. A huge appeal this. Pitches on the leg stump and nips in slightly to catch Guptill's front pad. Australia think about going for the review but decide against it, wondering if this might be sliding down the leg stump. Replays show it would have been umpire's call on hitting the stumps.
Both the Kiwis' openers are batting well, here. They watched a couple overs and now, Henry Nicholls, who looks very balanced and composed in the pitch, drive sand flicks two back-to-back boundaries. New Zealand off to a good start; they are 27/0 after 6 overs.
Meanwhile, Starc has just hit 153.8kmph scorcher. Is that the fastest ball of the Cup? Well, Nicholls picks the line early and is happy to let it go to the wicketkeeper.
Pakistan trump Afghanistan in a nail-biter
Imad has done it. Pakistan have done it. A four through cover, and that's a last over win. What a match this one! Pakistan are roaring and alive in the World Cup 2019. They climb up to the fourth spot and England are down to number five in the ICC Cricket World Cup points table. Heartbreaking for Afghanistan. They were in the game. Their spinners bowled wonderfully. Gulbadin, the captain, wouldn't be too happy. Bad captaincy, terrible bowling.
New Zealand begin their chase
It's Behrendorff and Starc to Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls. Nicholls sees off the first over. Meanwhile, the second ball from Starc cuts back in! Like a left-arm legbreak! It hits Guptill on the thigh pad. Third ball, and he's in doubt: should I play/ leave?
Pakistan vs Afghanistan: It's going down to the wire!
Oh, man! This match was supposed to be a simple run chase but how difficult have the Pakistan made it for themselves. Superb stuff this fro Afghanistan. They kept picking up wickets; their spinners have really risen for the occassion. Pakistan need 46 runs off 30 deliveries; and they've got just four wickets in the end.
Meanwhile, Gulbadin, against all sense, decided to bowl himself. Imad instantly latched onto him and hit three boundaries to take 18 runs. That's the opening they were looking for. They need just 28 more from 24 balls. Is it over now?
Whose game is it?
New Zealand started well, and ended in a spectacular fashion. But importantly, Australia have finished with a very defendable 243 for 9 on this surface. Trent Boult might hog the headline with his hat-trick but it was Lockie Ferguson's short ball that rattled Australia right up top. But a 100+ partnership between Usman Khwaja and the very brilliant Alex Carey ensured Australia post a defendable total.
Boult takes a HAT-TRICK!
Oh, man! Oh, man! What a day are we having here. He has got his man, Behrendoff is out. It's THREE in THREE. Full, swinging away from him after pitching around leg, and given. More importantly, he gave away just two runs from the last over.
Boult gets two-in-two
A boundary each in the last two overs have made sure that Australia accumulate 17 runs. How crucial will these runs be only time will tell. It's a difficult wicket, mind you!
Khwaja has to depart three balls into the last over. And the next ball, Boult bowls Starc off a perfect yorker. Brilliant stuff this from Boult. Reverse swing from both the deliveries.
Meanwhile, things are getting exciting int he Pakistan vs Afghnaistan match. Pakistan need 79 runs from 75 deliveries and the Afghan spinners are bowling wonderfully. Pakistan are five wicket down.
Nine from 47th over
Pat Cummins has done well here. Twice he hit the ball in the air and twice it fell just short of the fielder. He could've been out twice. But the Aussies would take it; no matter how and where it comes from. None from the over. How many more can they add?
Khwaja upping the ante
Khwaja has been quiet for a long time; in fact, he has been quiet the whole match--until now. We are into the final five overs of the match. The penultimate delivery off the 45th over and Khwaja reverse sweeps over the point fielder for a four. First ball from the next over, he slashes Ferguson for a four towards point.
Lockie has made a perfect comeback, conceding only two runs off the next five deliveries. Australia are 215/6 from 46 overs.
I jinxed it. Carey is OUT!
A superb innings from Carey comes to an end. He looks to go inside out over cover but couldn't clear the fielder. It's Martin Guptill again. Takes the catch and finally Williamson gets his man. Can Australia finish strong now?
Have the Kiwis let off the Aussies?
Big time. WIlliamson has given Sodhi just four overs. Seems like he is scared to do that, and himself filling up for Sodhi, since there are two left-handers on the pitch. The legspinner, Sodhi, would be turning the ball into them. But hey, he has got some tricks up his sleeves as well--a lovely wrong 'un that he beat Khwaja with.
Carey, on the other hand, has been exceptional. He's playing his shots freely, difficult shots that are difficult to play on a difficult pitch. He is picking length early and playing positive cricket. Not to mention, a 100-run partnership between him and Khwaja, who's playing an anchor role. What a comeback this from Australia. Their middle over was tested, and they delivered.
Bloody Aussies, mate!
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Niall O'Brien asks the fans at Lord's what they make of their respective Trans-Tasman rivals.#NZvAUS | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/4hqWGGwJ9l
That's fifty for Carey
A well-deserved fifty for Alex Carey. He came in when Australia were five down under 100 runs. Maxwell was gone and they were looking in deep trouble. But he never did. He wasn't afraid to play his strokes, and what good shots they were! Made Australia's quickest World Cup fifty earlier this tournament. Following it up with another lovely little innings.
Australia are 170/5 at the end of 36 overs.
A close shave!
Khwaja gets away with it. Direct hit ad he was gone. He mistimed the cut shot and wanted a single. Guptill puts in a dive, half-picked himself up and threw the ball at the non-striker's end. Shame, he couldn't hit the target.
A hard-fought fifty!
Carey-Khwaja steady the fall
Alright, so Kane Williamson has brought back the dangerous Lockie Ferguson into the attack. And straightaway he surprises Carey with a short one that keeps on rising--similar to the one that dismissed Warner. But when he went fuller on the pads the last ball, Carey flicked it towards long for a four. This is excellent batting from the Ozzie wicketkeeper. He's scoring run-a-ball even after his team lost five wickets under 100. With a boundary almost every over, he's looking to counter-attack. Khwaja, meanwhile, is playing the anchor role. 47 runs partnership already from 9 overs.
Australia are 112/5 halfway through the game.
DROPPED! Neesham almost gets another
That's another ripper from Jimmy Neesham. An extra bounce off the length delivery; Khwaja drives and gets the outside edge. It flies towards wicketkeeper Latham's left, and he gets a glove to it, but can only pop it up behind himself. Brilliant stuff this from Neesh.
Neesh, you beaut!
Oh, WHAT A CATCH! Major battle here between Guptill and Neesham for the catch of the day! Maxwell looks to pull s short ball outside off, toe-edges it, and Neesham puts a valiant dive to his left and plucks it out with one hand. I was having a toast, wiped it off on my shorts. New Zealand are on fire!
That's a WICKET!
Brilliant line and length. Jimmy Neesham picks up his man. Stoinis is caught behind off a cross-seamer that hits the deck. The ball just nipped away enough to catch the outside edge. He was looking to block this ball on to the fourth stump channel. In vain! Top stiff this from Neesh. Australia in big trouble.
Keeping up with the momentum
New Zealand have been terrific so far. They've picked up the dangerous openers and Steve Smith. But there's a little partnership building up here between Khwaja and Stoinis. They need to keep peicking the wickets here to keep the pressure on. Jimmy Neesham and Ish Sodhi operating here. Mitchell Santner is yet to come in. Australia, meanwhile, are 77/3 at the end of 19 overs.
Can the Aussies hold their own?
Close, very close! Just a fraction late, Williamson. Dropped in front of him just a couple inches short. That was nearly a third wicket for Ferguson. How good has he been today!
Not today, doc!
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GONE! Guptill catches a blinder
Damn. Guptill has grabbed a stunner. He fell into the trap, Steve Smith. A short ball again from Lockie Ferguson and Smithy goes for a full blooded pull shot. Oh, but there was leg gully lurking; and who other than Martin Guptill. He's like a magnet, pulling the ball wherever he goes. He had dropped a couple of catches and how has he redeemed himself. Dives to the left, sticks out his hand and come up with an absolute peach.
Smith's gone, Stoinis walks in. A real test for the Aussie middle-order.
That Guptill catch is arguaby better than Stokes’ and Cottrell’s (the latter being of the same batsman - Smith). Standing at leg gully like that means Guptill’s view of the ball is obscured. To react that quickly and still hold on is astonishing. #CWC19— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 29, 2019
Aussie middle order stands exposed
This is only the second time in the tournament that both Australia's openers have been dismissed for less than 50. The other occasion was against West Indies when Warner scored 3 and Finch scored 6.
That match, Steve Smith played the anchor role but Nathan Coulter-Nile did all the saving with an explosive 92 off 60 deliveries. Guess what, he ain't playing today!
Australia are 40/2 at the end of first powerplay.
Ferguson gets Warner first ball!
Oh, damn! Lockie Ferguson has got real pace. Strikes first ball. He has got Warner with a snorter! The ball kept following the left-hander as he looked to sawy out of the short ball. In two minds, he was. Both openers dismissed early. Oh, this is new in this world cup. Steve Smith comes in.
Lockie Ferguson that is an absolute ripper!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 29, 2019
His first ball of the day is a vicious bouncer which takes David Warner's glove on the way through to the keeper.
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Got a left-hander? You win!
In the last three World Cups, left-arm pace has easily been the most effective bowler-type--averaging just 22.7.
Left-arm pace: 22.7
Right-arm pace: 32.6
Leg spin: 35.5
Left-arm orthodox: 36.5
Off spin: 43.0
Left-arm wrist spin: 65.3
Guptill drops AGAIN!
It's full outside off and the ball swings away further. Khwaja looks to have a go and has a dab at it with one hand. Edges, and the ball flies to the second slip; Guptill goes to the left for the catch but spills the ball over. New Zealand drop two; Guptill drops two.
Ah, now that's a trademark left-hand pacer wicket. Jags back in with a little seam movement and Finch is trapped in front. The umpire was fairly easily convinced that this would have hit the top of off and middle, and the Australia captain agreed. That's a near perfect start for New Zealand.
Eight runs of the third over!
Yes, it took the Aussie openers Warner and Finch 13 balls to open an account. But this third over really shows the kind of form they are in. A couple of whips from both of them; one saved on the boundary line from the athletic Neesham, the other goes for a four.
Fuller delivery and Finch drives. Drives to short cover, where Guptill gets across to his right, but cannot hang on to a tough chance! It was hit with some power, and the ball just didn't stick. Back-to-back maiden from the Kiwis.
First over maiden
Warner and Finch walk out to the middle. Warner will take strike, with two slips in place for Trent Boult. A little bit of swing straightaway. First three balls pitched full, shaping away from the left hander; a leading edge off the last ball, but fell hort of third slip!
An insider's view
It's a bright day in London with 34 degree celsius temperature. Looks like a a used wicket, spinners will be instrumental and a good track to bat on. On the broadcast, Ian Smith reckons this will be a good pitch for chasing, and thinks it is a 300-pitch.
Australia: Finch (c), Warner, Khawaja, Smith, Maxwell, Stoinis, Carey (wk), Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Behrendorff
New Zealand: Guptill. Nicholls, Williamson (c), Taylor, Latham (wk), Neesham, de Grandhomme, Santner, Sodhi, Ferguson, Boult
Australia win toss, bat first
Australia have won the toss and will bat. There's no change from the Aussie camp. New Zealand make two changes--Ish Sodhi comes in for Matt Henry, and also Henry Nicholls comes in for Colin Munro.