On Saturday, October 28th, in Dharamshala, Australia secured a narrow five-run victory over New Zealand in ODI 27 of the 2023 World Cup.
Australia’s explosive batting performance, led by Travis Head and David Warner, allowed them to amass a massive total of 388 runs after being asked to bat first by New Zealand. Head and Warner began with a flurry of boundaries, reaching 118/0 at the end of the first powerplay. Both batsmen achieved their half-centuries, with Head reaching his in just 25 balls, and Warner following suit in 28 balls. They put together an impressive 175-run opening partnership before Glenn Phillips dismissed Warner for 81(65), and shortly after, he removed Head for 109(67).
While Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh couldn’t maintain the momentum, Glenn Maxwell’s explosive performance swung the pendulum back in Australia’s favor. Subsequently, Pat Cummins and Josh Inglish continued to score boundaries with ease. Maxwell was dismissed for 41(24), Inglish scored 38(28), and Cummins hammered 37 runs in just 14 balls.
In their pursuit of 389, New Zealand made a solid start with openers Devon Conway and Will Young displaying smart shot selection. Conway and Young put up scores of 28 and 32, respectively, before Rachin Ravindra’s impressive century provided a crucial resurgence for the Black Caps. Ravindra’s all-round display was noteworthy, amassing 116 runs off 89 balls before his dismissal.
With just 19 runs needed in the final over, James Neesham made a valiant attempt to secure victory for New Zealand but was removed on the second-to-last delivery. The Black Caps concluded their innings at 383/9 in 50 overs, with Adam Zampa taking three wickets and Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins claiming two wickets each for Australia.
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Last Updated on October 28, 2023
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