Australia win high-scoring thriller with new zeal

In a game that produced the highest match aggregates in one-day Internationals -- 771 runs in two innings, Australia clung on to record a narrow win off the final ball against Neighbours New Zealand in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 here on Saturday
Australia win high-scoring thriller with new zeal

DHARAMSALA: In a game that produced the highest match aggregates in one-day Internationals -- 771 runs in two innings, Australia clung on to record a narrow win off the final ball against Neighbours New Zealand in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 here on Saturday.

Set an improbable 389 to win, New Zealand were inspired by Rachin Ravindra’s outstanding century to set up a nail-biting finish in the highest-scoring match in the history of ODIs.

Jimmy Neesham’s extraordinary 58 from 39 balls took them to the cusp of an extraordinary comeback victory, only for a brilliant run out to remove Neesham off the penultimate ball of the innings.

With six required off the last ball, and Mitchell Starc held his nerve to deny No.11 Lockie Ferguson as the Black Caps ended on 383/9 and Australia won a nailbiter by just five runs.

Runs flowed like water in a river during the monsoon, Australia rode on a brilliant opening partnership in an unusual first innings as they posted 388 at the picturesque ground in the foothills of the Himalayas.

A remarkable opening partnership between David Warner (81 off 65) and the returning Travis Head (109 from 67) got Pat Cummins’ side off to a blistering start.

Head’s first appearance of the tournament was a memorable one, as he slammed 17 boundaries, including seven maximums, in his brilliant century.

Though the opening pair put on 175 in just 19 overs, Australia struggled to build on the platform through the middle overs.

Mitchell Marsh (36 from 51 and Marnus Labuschagne (18 from 26) got particularly bogged down, with Glenn Phillips bowling superbly for 3-37 off ten overs, stepping up at just the right time for his team when Lockie Ferguson was forced off with an injury early in his spell.

Glenn Maxwell (41 off 24), Josh Inglis (38 from 28) and Pat Cummins (37 off 14) exploded through the death overs to boost Australia’s score, but their 388 could have been even higher, with New Zealand taking four wickets for just 1 run in the last two overs to bowl their neighbours out for 388.

But that 388 proved just enough on the night, as Dharamsala was treated to an all-time epic.

Devon Conway and Will Young provided the perfect start to the Black Caps in a steep chase, hitting a flurry of boundaries to help New Zealand reach 50 in merely 31 balls.

However, Australia soon had their first breakthrough, when Conway took on a short delivery from Josh Hazlewood and tried to angle it behind him, with Mitchell Starc taking a stunning grab towards his right and sending the batter back.

Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell then took control of the Kiwis and kept the chase on track. Mitchell, in particular, was quite aggressive and helped himself to yet another good score in Dharamsala. His 54 included six fours and a six, and his brisk knock came to an end when he holed an Adam Zampa delivery to long-on, where Starc took his third catch of the innings.

Even though New Zealand lost skipper Tom Latham for merely 21, Ravindra's attacking strokeplay kept the scoring rate up.

The removal of the dangerous Glenn Phillips was followed by an end to Ravindra’s stunning 89-ball 116, with captain Cummins getting the key wicket to put his team on top.

But Neesham very nearly pulled off a miracle for New Zealand, with Australia’s nerves shredded in a nail-biting finish. IANS



David Warner c and b Phillips 81

Travis Head b Phillips 109

Mitchell Marsh b Santner 36

Steven Smith c Boult b Phillips 18

Marnus Labuschagne c Ravindra b Santner 18

Glenn Maxwell c Boult b Neesham 41

Josh Inglis c Phillips b Boult 38

*Pat Cummins lbw b Boult 37

Mitchell Starc b Boult 1

Adam Zampa c Neesham b Henry 1

Josh Hazlewood not out 0

Extras: 9; Total: 388-10 (49.2)

FOW:175-1 (Warner, 19.1), 200-2 (Head, 23.2), 228-3 (Smith, 29.4), 264-4 (Marsh, 36.3), 274-5 (Labuschagne, 38.1), 325-6 (Maxwell, 44.3), 387-7 (Inglis, 48.1), 388-8 (Cummins, 48.3), 388-9 (Zampa, 48.6), 388-10 (Starc, 49.2)


Matt Henry 6.2 0 67 1

Trent Boult 10 0 77 3

Lockie Ferguson 3 0 38 0

Mitchell Santner 10 0 80 2

Glenn Phillips 10 0 37 3

Rachin Ravindra 8 0 56 0

James Neesham 2 0 32 1


Devon Conway c Starc b Hazlewood 28

Will Young c Starc b Hazlewood 32

Rachin Ravindra c Labuschagne b Cummins 116

Daryl Mitchell c Starc b Zampa 54

*Tom Latham c Hazlewood b Zampa 21

Glenn Phillips c Labuschagne b Maxwell 12

James Neesham run out (Inglis) 58

Mitchell Santner c Maxwell b Zampa 17

Matt Henry c Hazlewood b Cummins 9

Trent Boult not out 10

Lockie Ferguson not out 0

Extras: 26; Total: 383-9 (50)

FOW:61-1 (Conway, 7.2), 72-2 (Young, 9.4), 168-3 (Mitchell, 23.6), 222-4 (Latham, 31.2), 265-5 (Phillips, 36.6), 293-6 (Ravindra, 40.2), 320-7 (Santner, 43.3), 346-8 (Henry, 46.4), 383-9 (Neesham, 49.5)


Mitchell Starc 9 0 89 0

Josh Hazlewood 9 0 70 2

*Pat Cummins 10 0 66 2

Glenn Maxwell 10 0 62 1

Adam Zampa 10 0 74 3

Mitchell Marsh 2 0 18 0

MOM: Travis Head

Most sixes hit in a World Cup match:

33 - ENG vs AFG, Manchester, 2019

32 - AUS vs NZ, Dharamsala, 2023

31 - NZ vs WI, Wellington, 2015

31 - SA vs SL, Delhi, 2023

25 - AUS vs PAK, Bengaluru, 2023

Most runs aggregated in a World Cup game:

Aggregate Team 1 Team 2 Venue Year

771 Aus (388) NZ (383/9) Dharamsala 2023

754 SA (428/5) SL (326) Delhi 2023

714 Aus (381/5) Ban (333/8) Nottingham 2019

689 SL (344/9) Pak (345/4) Hyderabad 2023

688 Aus (376/9) SL (312) Sydney 2015

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