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20th Match, Pool A (D/N), Auckland, Feb 28 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(23.1/50 ov)152/9
New Zealand won by 1 wicket (with 161 balls remaining)
player of the match
Trent Boult
New Zealand
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• The 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

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Vishal Dikshit
Scorecard summary
Australia151/10(32.2 overs)
Brad Haddin43 (41)
David Warner34 (42)
New Zealand152/9(23.1 overs)

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 231 run • 2 wickets
NZ: 146/9CRR: 6.34 RRR: 0.22 • Need 6 from 27 overs
Trent Boult0 (2)
Kane Williamson39 (41)
Mitchell Starc9-0-28-6
Pat Cummins6-0-32-2
22.6
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
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

Tim Southee b Starc 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

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

Adam Milne b Starc 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

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

22.1
Starc to Williamson, no run

full and around off, KW digs it out back to the bowler

end of over 226 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 145/7CRR: 6.59 RRR: 0.25 • Need 7 from 28 overs
Adam Milne0 (1)
Kane Williamson38 (39)
Pat Cummins6-0-32-2
Mitchell Starc8-0-27-4
21.6
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

21.5
W
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

Daniel Vettori c Warner b Cummins 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
21.4
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

21.3
2
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

21.3
1w
Cummins to Vettori, 1 wide

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

Vettori on strike

21.2
1
Cummins to Williamson, 1 run

incoming from outside off, runs it down to third man for one

21.1
2
Cummins to Williamson, 2 runs

too full, too straight and it's clipped over the midwicket fielder in the gap for two

end of over 212 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 139/6CRR: 6.61 RRR: 0.45 • Need 13 from 29 overs
Kane Williamson35 (37)
Mitchell Starc8-0-27-4
Glenn Maxwell1-0-7-1
20.6
W
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

Luke Ronchi c †Haddin b Starc 6 (7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 85.71
20.5
Starc to Ronchi, no run

in the block hole well outside off, steered to gully

20.4
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

20.3
Starc to Ronchi, no run

pushes the length delivery outside the off stump into the covers

20.3
1w
Starc to Ronchi, 1 wide

strays down the leg side past the pads and it's a wide

20.2
Starc to Ronchi, no run

draws a thick outside edge off Ronchi's bat with the angled delivery and gully fields it

Best performances - batters
Brendon McCullum portrait
BB McCullum NZ
50 runs (24)
7 fours
3 sixes
Control62%
Productive shot
off drive
18 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Kane Williamson portrait
KS Williamson NZ
45 runs (42)
5 fours
1 six
Control93%
Productive shot
cover drive
7 runs
1 four
0 six
554017167
Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Starc
MA Starc AUS
O
9
M
0
R
28
W
6
ECO
3.11
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Trent Boult portrait
TA Boult NZ
O
10
M
3
R
27
W
5
ECO
2.7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Season2014/15
Player Of The Match
Trent Boult
Trent Boult
Match numberODI no. 3617
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days28 February 2015 - daynight(50-over match)
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
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Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
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Johan Cloete
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
PointsNew Zealand 2, Australia 0