Player of the Match
Player of the Match
403dThe 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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
50(24) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %61%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
9 0 9 7 5 20 0 0
KS Williamson
45(42) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
5 5 4 0 17 1 6 7

Best performances - Bowlers

MA Starc
O9
M0
R28
W6
Eco3.11
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TA Boult
O10
M3
R27
W5
Eco2.70
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Vishal Dikshit

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!

23.1
6
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

END OF OVER:
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
22.6
0
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

22.5
0
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

22.4
W
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

22.3
W
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."

22.2
1
Starc to Williamson, 1 run, taps the full delivery from off with soft hands down to mid off and calls for a single

New high for left-arm pace

12

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

A flat track?

5

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

21

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

75

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

26

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

5for27

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

68

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

1

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