World Cup 2019: Australia seal top 2 finish after thrashing New Zealand at Lord’s

first_imgAustralia continued their fine form in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the defending champions thrashed New Zealand in a Trans-Tasman clash at Lord’s in London on Saturday.Trent Boult’s maiden World Cup hat-trick went in vain as Australia successfully defended a par-score of 243 on a sluggish Lord’s pitch. With the 86-run win, Australia retained the top spot on the World Cup 2019 points table. With 14 points from 8 matches, Aaron Finch’s men are assured of a finish in the top 2.New Zealand vs Australia, World Cup 2019: HighlightsOn the other hand, New Zealand’s chances of reaching the semi-final have taken a hit as they have now lost back-to-back matches. New Zealand need to win their final group-stage match against England on July 3 to seal the semi-final berth. A defeat in their final match will jeopardise their chances if either Pakistan or Bangladesh win their remaining matches by huge margins.It was New Zealand’s approach to their chase of 244 that brought their downfall on Saturday. The Black Caps lost opener Henry Nicholls, who had replaced out-of-form Colin Munro, early. Martin Guptill was cautious with his approach but failed to convert a start as he perished for 20 in 43 balls.Australia win by 86 runs!A clinical performance with the ball after Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey rescued them with the bat.Mitchell Starc finishes with five wickets. How good a tournament is he having?#CWC19 | #NZvAUS World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 29, 2019Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor joined hands for the 3rd wicket and the duo added 55 from 75 balls but Mitchell Starc removed the New Zealand captain to swing the match in Australia’s favour. Ross Taylor followed suit and his dismissal triggered the New Zeland collapse.advertisementFrom 118 for 3, New Zealand were reduced to 141 for 8 as the likes of Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon struck in the middle overs.Mitchell Starc, with a record-setting third five-wicket haul in World Cups, and Jason Benhrendorff who removed the New Zealand openers were the pick of the bowlers for Australia.Earlier, in the day, Australia were reeling at 92 for 5 after Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham tore into the top-order. David Warner and Aaron Finch suffered rare failure, putting pressure on the untested Australian middle-order.However, Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja added an Australian World Cup record stand for the 6th wicket (107) to take Australia past 200. Carey fell for a counter-attacking 71 and Usman Khawaja fell for 88 but only after helping their team set a competitive total.Trent Boult had become only the first New Zealand bowler and the 10th overall to pick a World Cup hat-trick. Boult cleaned up Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendroff in successive deliveries in the final over of Australian innings.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final qualification scenarios: Pakistan’s chances brighten after Leeds thrillerAlso Read | Michael Vaughan shocked with Gulbadin Naib decision to bowl crucial overAlso Read | Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveAlso See:last_img

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