17th Match, Dharamsala, Mar 18 2016, Super 10 Group 2 (D/N), World T20
(20 ov, target 143)
New Zealand won by 8 runs
Player Of The Match
AUS Innings
Full commentary
end of over 2010 runs • 2 wicket
AUS: 134/9CRR: 6.7 
Adam Zampa2 (1)
Peter Nevill7 (2)
Corey Anderson4-0-29-2
Mitchell McClenaghan3-0-17-3

That wraps things up here. Don't forget to join us for England v South Africa shortly, and thanks for your company.

"I thought 150 was par," said Smith. "[But] their spinners bowled extremely well and we didn't respond well; we lost wickets in clumps and couldn't get any partnerships together."

"We were fortunate to play on two wickets so similar," said Williamson. "We adopted similar tactics. On some of these surfaces it's [chasing 140+] a pretty tough total to chase".

Now's a good time to look at the points table, too, before we turn our attention to England v South Africa.

Mitchell McClenaghan is given the player-of-the-match award: "Nice to perform like that but it was as a collective," he said. "The spinners were fantastic and got us back in the game. It's nice to show some teams we can play in these conditions. There still 2 more games [though]."

We'll have reaction from the captains shortly, and Brydon's penning the bulletin as we speak.

A comfortable eight-run win for New Zealand in the end. For the second match, New Zealand posted a total we thought was 20, 25 runs short. Maybe even 30. But again, New Zealand's spinners have been outstandingly controlled, calm under pressure, and - perhaps the most important point - the pitch never offered either side the chance to time the ball properly.

Anderson to Zampa, 2 runs
lofted tamely for two, and there's the match for New Zealand
Anderson to Coulter-Nile, OUT
bowled him! Inside edge as NCN tries to carve this somewhere, anywhere, but can only find his stumps
NM Coulter-Nile b Anderson 1 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

11 from 2! It's still on, Aussies!

Anderson to Nevill, 1 run
mistimed down the ground but just for a single

Ahaan: "Seems that even I can bowl on this wicket. All you need is to bowl is a slower one."

Anderson to Nevill, SIX runs
out! No - he's lofted it just over for six! Beautifully timed and Santner, who's not short, leapt up to take it but couldn't reach
Anderson to Coulter-Nile, 1 run
stand-and-deliver from NCN, but mistiming it (how often have I written that today?) for a single to long-off
Anderson to Faulkner, OUT
goddim! Guptil takes a fine catch in the deep as Faulkner, The Finisher, tries to clobber this across the line into the midwicket stand but picks out Guptil who has huge, safe buckets, scooping it up on the run
JP Faulkner c Guptill b Anderson 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

So, the final over. 19 needed. Anderson I think will take the ball - yes. Strap in,

vivek bhandari: "Micheal Hussey scored 34 off two overs (Mohd Amir and Saeed Ajmal) in the 2010 WC semifinal; and Dharamsala is a smallish ground; so it's still anybody's game"

end of over 193 runs • 2 wicket
AUS: 124/7CRR: 6.52 • RRR: 19.00
James Faulkner2 (3)
Nathan Coulter-Nile0 (0)
Mitchell McClenaghan3-0-17-3
Ish Sodhi4-0-14-1
McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run
a front-footed slapping flog past the bowler

Game, set, match? 20 from 7

McClenaghan to Agar, OUT
catch - great catch! Agar understandably goes for a pull on the front foot, attempting to heave it over midwicket for six, but picks out Taylor who - running about 15 or so yards - takes a neat, low catch
AC Agar c Taylor b McClenaghan 9 (15m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 112.50
McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run
clattered out to the off side for a single

21 from 9

McClenaghan to Faulkner, no run
well, ha, a fairly desperate heave over midwicket attempted. He misses

That gets Faulkner on strike

McClenaghan to Agar, 1 leg bye
slower ball, off his pads for a single

Marsh did well, but here's the man we've been waiting for. Faulkner.

McClenaghan to Marsh, OUT
outside off but a slower ball, and Marsh has misread it, skying a pull straight down Milne's throat at long-on - and that's a huge, huge wicket!
MR Marsh c Milne b McClenaghan 24 (30m 23b 0x4 2x6) SR: 104.34

Around the wicket

William: "Is "pull cum flick" a technical term?" Mostly, yes. Right then. 22 from the last two overs! It's anyone's game. But mostly New Zealand's. Isn't it?

end of over 185 runs
AUS: 121/5CRR: 6.72 • RRR: 11.00
Mitchell Marsh24 (22)
Ashton Agar9 (6)
Ish Sodhi4-0-14-1
Mitchell Santner4-0-30-2
Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run
clomped out to the deep
Sodhi to Agar, 1 run
rocks back and cuts - but there's a fumble from the fielder and they're quick to seize a single
Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run
makes contact this time. Driven to cover.
Sodhi to Marsh, no run
plays and misses! Well bowled, Sodhi - classic leggie's delivery, turn and bounce from Marsh's bolshy attempt at a drive

25 from 16

Sodhi to Agar, 1 run
short of a length, Agar rocks back and cuts

Ravi: "Agar gets back 6 of 18 runs !"

Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run
smartly clipped but just for a single
end of over 1715 runs
AUS: 116/5CRR: 6.82 • RRR: 9.00
Ashton Agar7 (4)
Mitchell Marsh21 (18)
Mitchell Santner4-0-30-2
Ish Sodhi3-0-9-1
Santner to Agar, SIX runs
Agar dances down the pitch and clatters an 84m over long-on! Top shot

GBA: "Agar before Faulkner??? With 4 overs left??? What folly is this???"

Santner to Marsh, 1 run
pushed out to cover
Santner to Marsh, SIX runs
Marsh plants his front foot, winds the levels and lets rip a crunching blow over long-on. He is power.
Santner to Marsh, no run
again this is so well bowled by Santner - sees Marsh charging down the pitch (well, you can hardly miss him) and drops it short and wide