Player of the Match
Player of the Match

7.32pm What a match this turned out to be! Australia started strong, NZ shook their batting order, and were then cruising in their chase of 152 before Starc bowled beautifully to pull Australia back. They were only one wicket away from defending 151 in a tournament where 300 is being scored rather easily. The crowd got their money's worth for this slender one-wicket win! Exhilarating stuff here from the co-hosts, the closest of this World Cup, for sure, between Test-playing nations. Yes, finally we have one.

Trent Boult is the Man of the Match: We tied them down very nicely and in my mind was to come back in the second spell and take wickets, didn't think I would get five. We pulled it back nicely and everyone chipped in to make it a chaseable total. We've been working well for the last 6-12 months and move forward to the game next Sunday to get some more wins.

Michael Clarke: Very entertaining and we'd have liked it to go the other way. Our batting was horrendous to put it politely. Starc is a genius. I think both teams would say we didn't bat the way we'd have liked. Credit to the groundsmen, it was a very good pitch. Credit to New Zealand the way they bowled and executed their skills very well, we let ourselves down with the bat.

Brendon McCullum: One hell of a game. Both teams showed what quality their bowlers are. Starc for them and Boult for us, both were outstanding and the support was outstanding as well. We saw some great pace and swing bowling. We want to be an aggressive team with bat, ball and on the field as well. Everyone wants to see 300 scores, but 150 is great as well, with only one wicket down. Boult and Southee are outstanding in both Tests and ODIs, they have done well for a very long time, without disrespect to anyone.

The match has finished a good two hours early, but nobody will complain about the way it went. Thrilling pace and swing bowling, like Baz said, and what a delight these low-scoring thrillers are. We have the other match going on, India v UAE in Perth, so tune in to that and enjoy the weekend. It's goodbye from Vishal. Ciao!

Cummins to Williamson, SIX runs, KW has done it, slams a six straight down the ground! Made room by exposing all his stumps, got a full delivery in the groove and tonked it over long on. Mid on was in for some reason and he pumped the air even before the ball reached the boundary. Learn from this man how to perform under pressure

Six runs to go, one slip Cummins has in place

23 | 1 Run 2 Wkts | NZ: 146/9 (6 runs required from 26.5 overs, RR: 6.34, RRR: 0.22)

  • TA Boult0 (2b)
  • KS Williamson39 (41b)
  • MA Starc9-0-28-6
  • PJ Cummins6-0-32-2
Starc to Boult, no run, oh, this is too wide outside off and Boult leaves it easily

One delivery he survived and Williamson will be back on strike. Clarke slows things down by changing the field, sends the third man back

Starc to Boult, no run, straight delivery on middle and leg, Boult defends it back carefully after covering his stumps

Who'd have thought Australia would come back? Starc on a hat-trick for the second time in the match

Starc to Southee, OUT, GONE, Starc's on fire! He knows how to bowl those yorkers, doesn't he! Targets the off stump, Southee tries to put it away on the leg side but it's too quick at 150kmh and rattles the stumps

TG Southee b Starc 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Two wickets, six runs. The plot thickens, as they say

Starc to Milne, OUT, Starc pumps the air, he's hit the stumps! Full delivery on middle, Milne exposed his stumps a bit, went for the drive and missed it completely

AF Milne b Starc 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Three slips, a gully, short leg and leg gully in place

Kemisetti: "I now understand why BMac went after the bowlers so early, trying to unsettle them. In the context of this game, his 50 runs are very important and may have tilted the game in New Zealand's favor."

Starc to Williamson, 1 run, taps the full delivery from off with soft hands down to mid off and calls for a single
Starc to Williamson, no run, full and around off, KW digs it out back to the bowler

22 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 145/7 (7 runs required from 26.5 overs, RR: 6.59, RRR: 0.25)

  • AF Milne0 (1b)
  • KS Williamson38 (39b)
  • PJ Cummins6-0-32-2
  • MA Starc8-0-27-4
Cummins to Milne, no run, swing and a miss! Length delivery just outside off, teasing line, Milne swung his bat for a drive and nearly edged it
Cummins to Vettori, OUT, wicket off a full toss, chipped straight to mid on! Innocuous and low full toss on the pads, Vettori hangs his head down after handing a straightforward catch to mid on

DL Vettori c Warner b Cummins 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Cummins to Vettori, no run, goes across again, that was a close one as Vettori missed the pull and it went just over the stumps, coming in from the leg side
Cummins to Vettori, 2 runs, short ball on the leg side, swatted along the ground a bit wide of deep fine leg and he comes back for the second

Down to single digits now

Cummins to Vettori, 1 wide, too short and wide, Vettori even shuffled across and it's a wide

Vettori on strike

Cummins to Williamson, 1 run, incoming from outside off, runs it down to third man for one
Cummins to Williamson, 2 runs, too full, too straight and it's clipped over the midwicket fielder in the gap for two

21 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 139/6 (13 runs required from 26.5 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 0.44)

  • KS Williamson35 (37b)
  • MA Starc8-0-27-4
  • GJ Maxwell1-0-7-1
Starc to Ronchi, OUT, peach of a delivery from Starc and that deserves a wicket! Nasty bouncer around middle stump, it was quick, and by the time Ronchi could sway out of the line by bending back like Keanu Reaves, the ball took some glove on the way

L Ronchi c †Haddin b Starc 6 (7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 85.71

Starc to Ronchi, no run, in the block hole well outside off, steered to gully
Starc to Ronchi, no run, full and swinging in towards off, chipped uppishly towards midwicket. The fielder sent in a flat throw and nearly got Maxwell at short leg on the way
Starc to Ronchi, no run, pushes the length delivery outside the off stump into the covers
Starc to Ronchi, 1 wide, strays down the leg side past the pads and it's a wide
Starc to Ronchi, no run, draws a thick outside edge off Ronchi's bat with the angled delivery and gully fields it
Starc to Williamson, 1 run, reaches out for it and taps it late to third man for one

New high for left-arm pace


Wickets for left-arm fast bowlers in the match, the most ever in an ODI. The previous best was nine

A flat track?


Number of times, in the last 10 ODIs in Auckland, that the team batting first has been bowled out for less than 210

Another quick fifty


Balls in which McCullum got his half-century, the joint third-fastest in World Cup. The quickest - in 18 balls - is also by him

Three-over Powerplay


Runs scored in the first three overs of both innings (39 by NZ, 36 by Aus), the most in all ODIs since 2002

Monumental collapse


Runs for which Australia lost eight wickets, to slip from 80 for 1 to 106 for 9. It's their worst eight-wicket collapse in ODIs

Boult's best


Boult's figures in the game, his best in ODIs, and only his second haul of more than two wickets in 20 ODIs

Powerful Powerplay


Runs scored by Australia in the first ten overs, the third best in the tournament so far. Only NZ have score more (v Eng and SL)

An early start


Number of times Vettori has bowled within the first 8 overs in a home ODI since 2002. This was the first such instance