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Match Day

1386dThe Report by George Binoy

Ice-cool Williamson wins New Zealand a thriller

This was the match the 2015 World Cup was crying out for, a competitive contest between two major sides, and the co-hosts played out a thriller in front of a packed and partisan Auckland crowd

1381dDilip D'Souza

To stumps that go dance-about

For me, the most exciting sight in cricket is the fast bowler who crashes through a fine batsman's defence and wrecks those carefully-arranged stumps

1384dSimon Barnes

New Zealand's Rottweiler bite

Their hyper-aggressive ways have got them success in the World Cup so far. But is the method as sustainable as it is eye-catching?

1386dS Rajesh

Bounty for left-arm pacers

Left-arm seamers took 12 wickets in the thriller between New Zealand and Australia, the most ever in an ODI

1386dAndrew McGlashan in Auckland

McCullum patched up after Johnson blow

A nation held its breath for a moment when Brendon McCullum was struck on the arm by Mitchell Johnson at Eden Park, but the prognosis for the New Zealand captain is positive with no initial signs of serious injury

1386dGeorge Binoy in Auckland

Brendon braves the bump

Plays of the day from the Group A match between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland

1386dAndrew McGlashan in Auckland

Boult savours his day to remember

After taking five wickets to wreck Australia's innings and then playing out two crucial dots to survive Mitchell Starc, it wasn't surprising to hear Trent Boult say that he was "pretty pumped and will remember a lot of this day for a while"

1386dBrydon Coverdale in Auckland

Thunderous Boult and Supercharged Starc

For the first time since making their Test debuts, the two hugely impressive swing bowlers squared off against each other. And what a convergence it was

1386dESPNcricinfo staff

Boult strikes once, twice...five times

A week after Tim Southee destroyed England with 7 for 33 in Wellington it was the turn of his new-ball partner Trent Boult to produce an extraordinary performance

1386dBrydon Coverdale in Auckland

Australia batting 'extremely poor', concedes Clarke

Michael Clarke has conceded that Australia have focused too much on power hitting and not enough on negotiating the swinging ball during their preparation for this World Cup

1387dBrydon Coverdale in Auckland

Ronchi a threat to former team-mates

Born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, Luke Ronchi returned to forge an international career in the country of his birth, after his attempt to do so in green and gold was short lived

1387dRicky Ponting

New Zealand have more self-belief now

They've drawn from their captain's aggressive style, and their crowds will get up Australia's face. Clarke and Co. have their work cut out

1387dS Rajesh

6-0 in day-night chases in Auckland

Stats preview to the high-profile clash between New Zealand and Australia, teams with the best win-loss stats in ODIs over the last year

1386dESPNcricinfo staff

Boult cuts Australia down to size

Australia lost their last nine wickets for 71 runs and Trent Boult was at the centre of that collapse with a five-wicket haul

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