Australia hammer NZ, remain on top

With their semi-finals spot already confirmed, Australia have thrashed Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by 86 runs in a day-night World Cup encounter at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Australia’s Mitchell Starc raises his cap to the crowd as he walks off the field after Australia defeated New Zealand by 86 runs during the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Starc took 5 wicket in the match . (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Mitchell Starc was the star for his 5 wickets for 26 runs in 9.4 overs when New Zealand were chasing 244 to seal a place in the semis. This was Starc’s third five-wicket haul in World Cuos, the second in this year’s event.

Jason Behrendorff held his form with 2 for 31 after his five-for against England. Steve Smith picked up a wicket nearly five years later when he sent back Colin de Grandhomme for a golden duck at long-off.

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Skipper Kane Williamson top-scored with 40 runs before falling to Starc. Meanwhile, Martin Guptill, who made 20, was yet to find form in the tournament. The Blackcaps were bundled out for 157 runs in 43.4 overs.

Reigning champions Australia put on 243/9 on board after electing to bat first. The Australian batting line-up was in trouble before Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja recovered them from being 92/5.

These two put on 107 runs for the sixth-wicket. Carey hit 72-ball 71 runs including 11 boundaries. Khawaja steadied the ship with his 88 runs from 129 deliveries.

Trent Boult stole the show at the back end of Australia’s innings as he dismissed Khawaja, Starc and Behrendorff with full-ish length on the third, fourth and fifth balls of the last over to pick up a hat-trick. This was the second hat-trick of this year’s event, both coming in the last over. Boult finished with figures 4/51 but ended up on a losing side.

Brief scores:

Australia 243/9 in 50 overs (Khawaja 88, Carey 71; Boult 4/51, Neesham 2/28)

New Zealand 157/10 in 43.4 overs (Williamson 40; Starc 5/26, Behrendorff 2/31, Smith 1/6)

Australia won by 86 runs

Man of the Match: Alex Carey

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