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17th Match, Super 10 Group 2 (D/N), Dharamsala, Mar 18 2016, World T20
(20 ov, target 143)134/9
New Zealand won by 8 runs
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

McClenaghan leads NZ to second victory

New Zealand's Midas touch at this World Twenty20 continued in Dharamsala, where they took their tournament record to two wins from two matches with an eight-run victory over Australia

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Will Luke
Scorecard summary
New Zealand142/8(20 overs)
Australia134/9(20 overs)
end of over 2010 runs • 2 wickets
AUS: 134/9CRR: 6.70 
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.

19.6
2
Anderson to Zampa, 2 runs

lofted tamely for two, and there's the match for New Zealand

19.5
W
Anderson to Coulter-Nile, OUT

bowled him! Inside edge as NCN tries to carve this somewhere, anywhere, but can only find his stumps

Nathan Coulter-Nile b Anderson 1 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

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

19.4
1
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."

19.3
6
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

19.2
1
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

19.1
W
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

James Faulkner c Guptill b Anderson 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

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 wickets
AUS: 124/7CRR: 6.52 • RRR: 19.00 • Need 19 from 6b
James Faulkner2 (3)
Nathan Coulter-Nile0 (0)
Mitchell McClenaghan3-0-17-3
Ish Sodhi4-0-14-1
18.6
1
McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run

a front-footed slapping flog past the bowler

Game, set, match? 20 from 7

18.5
W
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

Ashton Agar c Taylor b McClenaghan 9 (15m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 112.5
18.4
1
McClenaghan to Faulkner, 1 run

clattered out to the off side for a single

21 from 9

18.3
McClenaghan to Faulkner, no run

well, ha, a fairly desperate heave over midwicket attempted. He misses

That gets Faulkner on strike

18.2
1lb
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.

18.1
W
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!

Mitchell Marsh c Milne b McClenaghan 24 (30m 23b 0x4 2x6) SR: 104.35

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 • Need 22 from 12b
Mitchell Marsh24 (22)
Ashton Agar9 (6)
Ish Sodhi4-0-14-1
Mitchell Santner4-0-30-2
17.6
1
Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run

clomped out to the deep

17.5
1
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

17.4
1
Sodhi to Marsh, 1 run

makes contact this time. Driven to cover.

17.3
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

17.2
1
Sodhi to Agar, 1 run

short of a length, Agar rocks back and cuts

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

17.1
1
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 • Need 27 from 18b
Ashton Agar7 (4)
Mitchell Marsh21 (18)
Mitchell Santner4-0-30-2
Ish Sodhi3-0-9-1
16.6
6
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???"

16.5
1
Santner to Marsh, 1 run

pushed out to cover

Best performances - batsmen
Martin Guptill portrait
MJ Guptill
39 runs (27)
2 fours
4 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
pull
13 runs
1 four
1 six
511116168
Player portrait, Usman Khawaja
UT Khawaja
38 runs (27)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
pull
9 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell McClenaghan portrait
MJ McClenaghan
O
3
M
0
R
17
W
3
ECO
5.67
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
James Faulkner profile
JP Faulkner
O
3
M
0
R
18
W
2
ECO
6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesWorld T20
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Mitchell McClenaghan
Mitchell McClenaghan
Match numberT20 No. 539
Hours of play (local time)15:00 start First Session 15.00-16.25, Interval 16.25-16.45, Second Session 16.45-18.10
Match days18 March 2016 - daynight match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
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Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
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Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
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Kumar Dharmasena
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsNew Zealand 2, Australia 0