New Zealand continued an impressive run in the ICC World T20 2016; beating Australia in their second group match at Dharamshala by 8 runs earlier today. It was a well contested match between two arch rivals but New Zealand held their nerves to win the match.
- Excellent start by New Zealand openers
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. The New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Kane Willamson gave the team a flying start. Martin Guptill was severe on the bowling especially Ashton Agar who was smashed for three sixes. Martin Guptill smashed the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground. Kane Willamson also played some wonderful strokes for boundaries. At the end of six overs New Zealand were 58 for 0. Martin Guptill and Kane Willamson took a toll on the Australian bowling.
- Australia coming back with wickets
At the end of the 8th over New Zealand were 61 for 0. Martin Guptill tried to play an expansive shot but was caught on the boundary by Maxwell for 39 off 27 balls. After the wicket of Guptill, the Australian bowlers picked wickets at regular intervals which put pressure on the New Zealand batsmen. None of New Zealand batsmen were able to stay at the crease and increase the tempo of the innings. Willamson, Anderson, Munro, Taylor spend time but the Australian bowlers bowled excellent line and lengths which did not allow the New Zealand batsmen to hit big strokes. Maxwell and Faulkner were the picks of the bowlers for Australia taking 2 wickets each which restricted New Zealand to a modest total of 142 for 8 in 20 overs.
- Usman Khawaja giving the team a perfect start
Chasing 143, Australia openers especially Usman Khawaja gave the team a flying start. Usman Khawaja attacked the New Zealand new ball bowlers. He played some excellent shots which unsettled the New Zealand bowlers. Usman Khawaja did not allow the New Zealand bowlers to settle on a line and length which made life tough for New Zealand. In the first six overs, Australia were 50 for 1.
- New Zealand spinners put brakes on Australian batsmen
New Zealand captain Kane Willamson brought on Santer in the 7th over. Santer responded with a wicket of Steve Smith for 6. Ish Sodhi was also introduced into the attack by Willamson in the 10th over. Both the spinners bowled exceptionally well not allowing the Australian batsmen to score runs easily. Santer also picked the wicket of David Warner. When the pressure was on the New Zealand bowlers, Ish Sodhi picked the important wicket of Maxwell. Between Ish Sodhi and Santer they bowled 8 overs together giving away 44 runs and took 3 wickets. Both of them turned the bowl and did not give Australian batsmen to hit big strokes.
- Mitchell McCleghan 19th over
Australia needed 22 runs in the last 2 over’s. Mitchell McCleghan bowled a superb 19th over. In the first ball, he picked the wicket of Mitchell Marsh, bowled excellent slower ball to Faulkner which he was not able to connect. He also picked the wicket of Agar in the 5th ball of the over. In the 19th over he gave just 2 runs and picked up 2 wickets also which turned the match in New Zealand favour. He ended the figures of 3 for 17 in 3 over’s.