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Starc, Khawaja and Carey take Australia home easily despite Boult’s hat-trick

In the 37th match of the ICC World Cup 2019, defending champions Australia continued its sensational run, registering a convincing 86-run victory over New Zealand at the Lord’s. The New Zealand dented the Australian batting line-up quite early in the first innings. However, despite Boult’s phenomenal hat-trick, Australia managed to reach a fighting first innings total on the back of Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey’s wonderful efforts with the bat. In the second innings, Aussie pace spearhead Mitchell Starc once again in this tournament bowled amazingly well to leave the New Zealand team in complete shackles.

Boult’s hat-trick sets up chase of 244 for New Zealand

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Australia got off to a horrendous start losing three key wickets in the form of both the openers, David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith as well quite early with just 46 runs on the board.  The Kiwi new ball duo of Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson bowled amazingly well to rattle the Aussie top-order. The pair of Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis then started to do the repair work with a brief stand before James Neesham removed the latter and Glenn Maxwell to increase New Zealand’s troubles.

After the early jitters, Khawaja joined hands with Alex Carey to resurrect the Australian innings with a remarkable partnership of 107 runs. Carey played an amazing innings of 71 runs off 72 balls before getting out in the 43rd over. Khawaja was playing a sensational knock of 88 runs as well having taken Australia close to a fighting score.

But then Boult picked up a staggering hat-trick dismissing Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff off successive deliveries and restricted Australia to 243 runs. For New Zealand, Boult finished with crucial wickets, while Ferguson and Neesham bagged two scalps each.

Starc’s phenomenal five-wicket haul disturbs the Kiwis

Chasing a stiff target of 244 runs, New Zealand also didn’t get off to the best of starts, losing both the openers, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls with just 42 runs on the scoreboard. Left-arm fast bowler Jason Behrendorff bowled brilliantly with the new ball to dismiss both the Kiwi openers. The experienced pair of skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor once again in this tournament resurrected the Kiwi innings with a fine stand of 55 runs before the former got out in the 26th over for a 51-ball 40.

After Williamson’s dismissal, New Zealand suffered a disappointing batting collapse as they lost a total of 6 wickets for just 26 runs. Aussie pace spearhead Mitchell Starc bowled a fabulous spell to pick up his second five-wicket haul of World Cup 2019 as New Zealand bundled out for a paltry total of 157 runs in 43.4 overs.

Brief Scores

Australia: 243/9 in 50 overs (Usman Khawaja-88, Alex Carey-71; Trent Boult 4/51, James Neesham 2/28)

New Zealand: 157/10 in 43.4 overs (Kane Williamson-40; Mitchell Starc 5/26, Jason Behrendorff 2/31)

Result: Australia won the match by 86 runs.