Australia and New Zealand have been nemesis in International Cricket from a long time. New Zealand punch above their power against their long-term nemesis in CWCs. In CWC 2023, Australia needed to win against New Zealand without fail. To stay alive, they needed to win while New Zealand started better than their nemesis. Australia have won in the high-scoring thriller on the last ball.
What many thought India vs Pakistan conflict, has been Australia and New Zealand conflict. Australia have scored huge after New Zealand have put them to bat first. Travis Head continued his form and David Warner(81), also made it count. They both have put on 175 runs in 19 overs. Both batters scored 50’s in the first 9 overs. Australia looked set for scoring more than 450.
Travis Head scored his 4th century in ODIs and scored 109 in 67 balls, in this match. After recovering from injury, he entered into the Australia sqaud in this game. Glenn Maxwell(41), Josh Inglis(38), Mitchell Marsh(36) and Pat Cummins(37) helped the team to reach 388 in 49.2 overs. New Zealand bowlers Glenn Phillips(3/37), Trent Boult(3/77), Mitchell Santner(2/80), James Neesham(1/32) and Matt Henry(1/67) pulled Australia scoring rate back.
In the impossible chase, New Zealand decided to go hard from first ball. Nobody has given them a chance but they believed they can. Will Young(32) and Devon Conway(28) took after Australia bowlers in the first powerplay. Rachin Ravindra kept going on one hand after they got out. Daryl Mitchell scored 54 runs from 51 balls and looked like taking New Zealand at a great pace. Australia got wickets at the right time to stop NZ.
Rachin Ravindra scored his second century of CWC 2023. He scored 116 runs off 89 balls. He looked like taking them to the finish line. James Neesham scored 58 runs in the death overs after Rachin Ravindra got out. Australia bowlers Adam Zampa(3/74), Pat Cummins(2/66), Josh Hazlewood(2/70) and Glenn Maxwell(1/62) restricted New Zealand for 383/9 in 50 overs. Australaia won the match by 5 runs at Dharamsala.
Australia won four matches on the trot and have equaled New Zealand. Even though New Zealand lost the match, they saw that it did not effect their NRR. Now, India will take on England at Lucknow, on Sunday. Back to back Australia vs New Zealand and Pakistan vs South Africa have brought CWC 2023 back to life.