ICC CWC 2019 match 38 highlights: Australia crush New Zealand by 86 runs

Australia team celebrate after Tom Latham departs
Australia cricket team crushed  New Zealand cricket team by 86 runs in the in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the historic Lord's Cricket Ground today. Australia retains the top spot in  ICC World Cup 2019 Points Table while New Zealand remians at the third place. While defending champions Australia is the only team to have booked a semi-final berth, the Kiwis, who are placed third, are still a point away from it.

Batting first, Australia managed to put 249/9 in 50 overs after shaky start as Alex Carey (71 off 72) and Usman Khawaja (88 off 129) put up a crucial partnership in the middle. Trent Boult's hat-trick became the highlight in the first innings. While chasing, New Zealand started slow and Australian bowlers did not allow them to put partnerships. Jason Behrendorff started scalping the top order while Mitchell Starc picked another 5-wicket haul in the tournament to bring victory to Australia.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia vs New Zaland scoreboard


1:24 AM IST Over Summary: 0 0 0 W       NZ: 157/10 Mitchell Starc into his last over, Santner keeps the strike to face him, OUT!! Santner is caught It's all over, Australia win by 86 runs!! 

1:18 AM IST Over Summary: 0 6 4 1 2 0    NZ: 157/9 Lyon continues, Santner smashes him for a six to deep square-leg, a boundary follows on inside edge as the ball race past the keeper, Boult picks two amd an eventful over after a long time

1:13 AM IST Over Summary: W 0 0 0 0 0      NZ: 144/9  Starc scalps Ferguson on the first ball of the over, Trent Boult is the last batsman, Starc is aiming for his fifth wicket

1:07 AM IST Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 2wd 0       NZ: 144/8 Lyon continues, Santner sends the ball in the air and Warner just had the catch but it slips the last moment, a wide follows 

1:03 AM IST Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 1 2Wd Wd W       NZ: 141/8 Starc continues, concedes some singles and bowls back to back wide, Sodhi given LBW and he reviews but to no avail! 

12:58 AM IST Over Summary:  W 0 0 1 0 4      NZ: 136/7 Lyon scalps Neesham on the first ball and Ish Sodi, the new batsman, gets a boundary off the last ball 

12:50 AM IST Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0     NZ: 131/6 Starc continues, he concedes just two singles and NZ doesn't lose any wicket

12:47 AM IST Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 2 1       NZ: 130/6 Nathan Lyon concedes four runs in his over

12:40 AM IST Over Summary:  1 0 W 0 0 1   NZ: 126/6 OUT!! Starc is back into attack but it's Steve Smith who grabs the eyeballs with a quick catch and Tom Latham is back into the pavilion!! Mitchell Santner is the new batsman

12:36 AM IST Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 1 1       NZ: 124/6 Glenn MAxwell continues and just three singles off the over

12:33 AM IST Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 1      NZ: 121/5 Lyon is back, just a single off the last ball

12:27 AM IST Over Summary:  W 1 0 0 0 1    NZ: 120/5 OUT!! Steve Smith gets  wicket at Lord's and Colin de Grandomme departs o golden duck!! Jimmy Neesham is the next batsman and singles from the over

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Over 44

Over Summary: 0 0 0 W       NZ: 157/10

Mitchell Starc into his last over, Santner keeps the strike to face him, OUT!! Santner is caught It's all over, Australia win by 86 runs!! 

Over 43

Over Summary: 0 6 4 1 2 0    NZ: 157/9

Lyon continues, Santner smashes him for a six to deep square-leg, a boundary follows on inside edge as the ball race past the keeper, Boult picks two amd an eventful over after a long time

Over 42

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 0 0      NZ: 144/9 

Starc scalps Ferguson on the first ball of the over, Trent Boult is the last batsman, Starc is aiming for his fifth wicket

Over 41

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 2wd 0       NZ: 144/8

Lyon continues, Santner sends the ball in the air and Warner just had the catch but it slips the last moment, a wide follows 

Over 40 Starc removes Sodhi

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 1 2Wd Wd W       NZ: 141/8

Starc continues, concedes some singles and bowls back to back wide, Sodhi given LBW and he reviews but to no avail! 

Over 39 Lyon scalps Neesham

Over Summary:  W 0 0 1 0 4      NZ: 136/7

Lyon scalps Neesham on the first ball and Ish Sodi, the new batsman, gets a boundary off the last ball 

Over 38

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0     NZ: 131/6

Starc continues, he concedes just two singles and NZ doesn't lose any wicket

Over 37

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 2 1       NZ: 130/6

Nathan Lyon concedes four runs in his over

Over 36 Latham departs

Over Summary:  1 0 W 0 0 1   NZ: 126/6

OUT!! Starc is back into attack but it's Steve Smith who grabs the eyeballs with a quick catch and Tom Latham is back into the pavilion!! Mitchell Santner is the new batsman

Over 35

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 1 1       NZ: 124/6

Glenn MAxwell continues and just three singles off the over

Over 34

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 1      NZ: 121/5

Lyon is back, just a single off the last ball

Over 33 Smith removes Colin de Granhomme

Over Summary:  W 1 0 0 0 1    NZ: 120/5

OUT!! Steve Smith gets  wicket at Lord's and Colin de Grandomme departs o golden duck!!
Jimmy Neesham is the next batsman and singles from the over

Over 32

Over Summary:   4 1 1 W     NZ: 118/4

Cummins into the over and Taylor pulls the ball for a boundary, and gives the strike to Latham, who has been struggling at the crease, but he gets off the mark with a single to third man, OUT!!! Taylor sustains a top-edge in search of a bi\g shot and Carey takes the catch

Over 31

Over Summary:   1 0 0 1 1 1     NZ: 112/3

 Maxwell is brought in and concedes four singles off the over

Over 30

Over Summary:   0 0 0 0 1 0   NZ: 108/3

Pat Cummins is back into the attack, he starts with four dots, and out of form Latham manages a single off the fifth ball 

Over 29

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 1 1     NZ: 107/3

Lyon continues, chance for catch as Taylor sweeps the ballto fine-leg  but Finch was far off, chance for runout on the fifrth ball but Taylor had made his ground already

Over 28

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 0      NZ: 104/3

Starc continues, no runs off the first four balls and a single comes from Latham 

Over 27

Over Summary: 1 1 2 0 1 0     NZ: 103/3

Nathan Lyon is back into the attack and Finch is using his bowlers well, trying to confuse Kiwi batsmen, Tom Latham is the new batsman and 100 up for for the team as riotation pf strike continues

Over 26 Starc gets Williamson

Over Summary: 1 2 2 W 0 1       NZ: 98/3

Starc is brought back into the attack and he delivers, gets the prized wicket of Kane Williamson!! The batsmen was looking to cut the ball but ended up sustaining an edge.

Over 25

Over Summary:  1 1 1 0 4 0       NZ: 92/2

Maxwell continues, and so the trail of singles by both batsmen but Williamson again breaks the continuity by picking the ball for a boundary over long-on. This alos brings up 50-run stand between the batsmen

Over 24

Over Summary: 0 0 6 0 2 0     NZ: 85/2

Stoinis continues adn Williamson slogs the ball for a  SIX to deep mi-wicket!! This came out of nowhere and he adds a quick two on to of it 

Over 23

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 1 2      NZ: 77/2

Glenn Maxwell is brought in into the attack now, so many changes all of a sudden form Aaron Finch, Williamson and Taylor are sticking with singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard moving

Over 22

Over Summary:  1L 2 0 1 0 1      NZ: 73/2

Marcus Stoinis has finally been brought in, albeit after Finch and Smith, runs keep coming in in singles and doubles 

Over 21

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 4 1       NZ: 68/2

While Maxwell and Stoinis are taking care of the fielding department, skipper Aaron Finch has deployed himself on the attack, and looking at the opportunity, Ross Taylor gets his maiden boundary

Over 20

Over Summary:  Wd 1 Wd 0 0 0 0 1      NZ: 61/2

Behrendorff continues and he bowls two wides in the over but overall, concedes runs in singles only  

Over 19

Over Summary:   0 1 0 1 1 1     NZ: 57/2

A strange move from Australia skipper as Smith and he concedes four runs off the over

Over 18

Over Summary: 2 0 1 0 0 1       NZ: 0/2

Benrendorff continues and Williamson picks two at the begining and survives a caught behind as Carey drops a catch, a difficult one though

Ove r17

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 1 0      NZ: 49/2

Lyon continues and the batsmen are cautious than ever, especially after the first ball that almost had Taylor out! 

Over 16

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1       NZ: 47/2

Behrendorff continues and all he concedes is a single off the last ball from Ross Taylor

Over 15

Over Summary 1 0 1 0 0 0     NZ: 46/2

Steve Smith drops Williamson on the last ball of the over, otherwise, it was just a silent over with two singles off it

Over 14

Over Summary: W 1 0 0 1 0   NZ: 44/2

WICKET!! Behrendorff removes Guptill on the very first ball of the over as umpire approves the LBW appeal and Ross Taylor walks in and gets off the mark on the first ball, though it was a scare, too. 

Over 13

Over Summary:  0 1 1 0 0 0      NZ: 42/1

Nathan Lyon is brought in after some fiery pace attack adn he is getting the same bounce from the pitch as he got in their previous match against England and he is adding to that with superb line, leaning just two runs off the over

Over 12

Over Summary:  4 0 1 0 1 1      NZ: 40/1

Williamson starts with a boundary and steals a single a ball after 

Over 11

Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 0 0         NZ: 33/1

Kane Williamson is the new batsman and Cummins continue to test his abilities with his precision with the ball, and he survives with a single. Australia gets the first powerplay in their favour and it remains to be seen what approach would the Kiwis take

Over 10 Nicholls departs!!

Over Summary: 0 W 0 2 0 0     NZ: 31/1

Behrendorff starts with a beautiful delivery and Nicholls survives it but the second delivery ends his role as Carey takes the catch and the bwoler delivers yet again!! 

Over 9

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0      NZ: 29/0

Cummins into the attack Guptill keeps silence for the time being, it's a maiden over

Over 8

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1      NZ: 29/0

Another silent over with Behrendorff dropping the ball in right areas and Guptill could afford just a single off the last ball

Over 7

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 0 0       NZ: 28/0

Guptill picks a single of fthe first ball and Nicholls takes his time yet again, just a single off the over

In the other news, Pakistan have snatched victory and they remain in the contention for the semi-finals

Over 6

Over Summary: 4 4 0 Wd 0 0 0       NZ: 27/0

Starc is smashed for two consecutive boundaries, another wide by Starc but when he gets the length right, there is hardly any chance for the batsmen

Over 5

Over Summary:  4 0 0 0 0 0      NZ: 18/0

Pat Cummins into the attack and Guptill greets him with a boundary off the first ball but the bowler returns wioth five dots

Over 4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 Wd 0 0 1L    NZ: 12/0

Just tow runs off Mitchell Starc's over

Over 3

Over Summary:  2 0 0  0 4 wd 3    NZ: 12/0

Guptill picks two off the first ball and dot balls continue post that but guptill returns with a boundary to the covers!! 

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0       NZ: 2/0

Guptill picks a single and Nicholls again struggle to pick a runs as Starc continues his bouncers!!

Over 1

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 0 0       NZ: 1/0

Jason Behrendorff concedes just a single off the over

Sums up the feeling!!


Just a replay!


Over 50 Trent Boult gets hat-trick!!

Over Summary: 1 1 W W W 0     AUS: 243/9

So it comes to the final over and Trent Boult is hit but just for a single, OUT!! Khawaja falls on a perfect yorker but only after putting much needed 88 runs!! Mitchell Starc comes in and returns as Boult hits right on the money!! BOWLED ON A DUCK!! Hat-trick chance for Boult after two wickets in two perfect yorkers adn OUT!! HAT-TRICK FOR BOULT AS BEHRENDORFF IS GIVEN LBW ON YET ANOTHER YORKER !! Brilliant stuf!! So, Aussies finish 243/9 after 50 overs with a brilliant last over by Boult!!

Over 49

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 2 4       AUS: 241/6

Ferguson into his last over, the batsmen pick runs here and there but still they haven;t been able to hit big, a surprise full toss result in a couple of runs as Cummins fail to capitalise but the last ball brings the much-needed boundary!!

Over 48

Over Summary: 1 0 4 0 1 2      AUS: 232/6

Boult into the attack and Khawaja manages to get a boundary on a yorker, Cummins is denied a boundary yet again!!

Over 47

Over Summary: 0 2 2 2 2 1       AUS: 224/6
 
Neesham saves two on the boundary as Cummins again slogs the ball in the air but could not connect well, resulting in another two, and the next ball looks like a replay, and another two follows adn another boundary saved, what a competition!!

Over 46

Over Summary: 4 1 0 0 0 1      AUS: 215/6

Khawaja shits the gear from the first ball after pulling a boundary off the first ball, the bowler retuns with a couple of bouncers to Cummins 

Over 45

Over Summary:  0 1 0 1 4 1      AUS: 209/6

Ish Sodhi is given the over and big-hits are still missing as Khawaja finds himself under pressure and Pat Cummins is new to the crease, meanwhile a boundary comes off the reverse sweep from Khawaja

Over 44

Over Summary:   1 1 0 0 0 1     AUS: 202/6

Ferguson into his 8th over and a key wicket has already been taken by skipper Willaimson. Ferguson bowls a handful of bouncers to Khawaja and three singles come off the over

Over 43 Carey falls

Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 1 W       AUS: 199/6

Williamson continues and yet another over filled with singles and there's a difference this time, Willaimson has scalped the precious wicket of ALEX CAREY! as guptill takes another crucial catch

Over 42

Over Summary:   0 0 2 1 0 1     AUS: 194/5

Boult into the 8th over and Carey again manages to get runs from it easily, just four off the over!!

Over 41

Over Summary: 0 0 1 1 0  0     AUS: 1190/5

Willaimson into the attack again and another over ends in a jiffy!!

Over 40

Over Summary:  0 0 4 0 1 1    AUS: 188/5

Trent Boult is brought back into the attack as New Zealand desperately look for a wicket here, if these batsmen play for the remaining overs then Aussies can imagine a good 300-plus total. Carey finds another boundary and Boult could not believe it! 

Over 39

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 1 2     AUS: 182/5

Williamson continues and he is not even conceding much runs here, there was an edge from Carey's bat that just missed Latahm's gloves adn the batsmen continue with running between the wicket

Over 38

Over Summary:  0 0 2 0 4 0     AUS: 178/5

Ferguson continues runs keep coming in in singles and doubles and Carey breaks the monotony with another boundary towards deep mid-wicket with great placement

Over 37

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 1      AUS: 0/5

Another over from Willaimson ends with a blink of an eye with just two singles off it

Over 36 Fifty for Alex Carey!

Over Summary: 4 0 0 4 1 1      AUS: 169/5

Carey greets Neesham with a boundary off the first but the bowler returns with two dot balls but there is another boundary and that brinsg fifty for Alex Carey!! 

Over 35

Over Summary:   0 1 1 0 1 1     AUS: 160/5

A little bit of mix-up on the first two balls yet runs continue to come for the batsmen, Williamson is not leaking much runs so that's a breather for Kiwis

Over 34

Over Summary:  0 0 0 4 1 1     AUS: 156/5

Colin de Grandhomme is into the attack, Carey pulls hm for a boundary towards cow corner and gives trike to Khawaja 

Over 33

Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 0 1       AUS: 150/5

Kane Willaimson continues and three  singles off the over, 150-up for Aussies

Over 29-32

21 runs come off the four overs and meanwhile, Khawaja brings up his fifty, a crucial knock in such a collapse!!

Over 28

Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 0 0       AUS: 126/5

Colin de Grandhomme into the attack again and teh two batsmen have stitched a crucial 30-plus partnership here, and are stikcing to ground shots 

Over 27

Over Summary:  0 1 4 0 1 0      AUS: 124/5

Lockie Ferguson, who has picked two key wickets in the mactch so far, returns on the attack and Crey produces yet another boundary into the covers and smartly picks a single 

Over 26

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 1 4      AUS: 118/5

Neesham continues and its's juts dots and singles for now from Aussies, adn comes a boundary off the last ball from Carey!!

Over 25

Over Summary: 0 2 1 0 0 1        AUS: 112/5

Santner remains on the attack and Khawaja is inching closer to his fifty, albeit without much explosive shots, singles are coming in easy for the batsmen 

Over 24

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 1 1       AUS: 108/5

Neesham continues and almost had the wicket of Carey but Latham misses the catch, threesingles off the over

Over 23

Over Summary:  1 2 0 1 4 0      AUS: 105/5

Carey and Khawaja look to rebuild and picks singles and soubles, there is appeal form Santner for LBW but umpire turns it down, meanwhile, a classic reverse sweep fetches a boundary for Carey, turning it into a better over

Over 22 Maxwell departs

Over Summary:  0 0 W 0 4 1     AUS: 97/5

Neesham continues, OUT!! Maxwell mishits and ends up giving catch to the bwoler!! A splendid one-handed catch by Neesham and even he can't believe it!
Alex Carey is the next batsman, he gets off the mark with a boundary!!

Over 21

Over Summary:  0 4 5Wd 0 1 0 1      AUS: 92/4

Mitchell Santer is brought into the attack by Williamson to add to the woes of Aussies, 5 wides after  aboundary spoils the over for the bowler

Over 20 Stoinis departs

Over Summary: 1lb 1 Wd . . 1 W       AUS: 81/4

Neesham continues and he is unable to maintain a tight line this time, the batsmen are finding it easy to take sinlgles and avoiding any risky shots and just when it looked all settled, Neesham strikes!! Stoinis is on his way back after sustainignan edge and Latham makes no mistake behind the wicket!!

Over 19

Over Summary: 0 1 1 1  0 1      AUS: 77/3

Sodhi continues, singles continue to flow easily for the batsmen 

Over 18

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0       AUS: 73/3

Jimmy Neesham is the new bowler, Stoinis gtes off the mark on the first ball, Khawaja finds it difficult to add runs that results in just a single off the over

Over 17

Over Summary:   0 2 0 1 0 1    AUS: 72/3

Sodhi continues and another misfield by Kiwis, giving easy runs to Aussies, the batsmen juggle with the strike, four runs of the over!!

Over 16

Over Summary:   0 0 1 0 0 0    AUS: 68/3

Ferguson remains deployed from one end in search of another wicket but the batsmen are catious now, meanwhile, Khawaja picks one and brings up his 1000 runs in 2019. OPPORTUNITY FOR CATCH!! No! Williamson was close but the ball finds the ground before he reaches for it. Just single off the over!! and it's time for drinks!!

Over 15

Over Summary:  4 1 1 0 0 0     AUS: 67/3

Sodhi continues and Stoinis picks the ball over mid-on for a boundary, escaping another scare, Khawaja looks to swing the bat but finds one only 

Over 14

Over Summary:  1 0 4 0 1 0      AUS: 61/3

Ferguson coninues and Stoinis pushed the ball for a boundary to deep cover, another top-edge due to sudden bounce but the ball lands safely

Over 13

Over Summary:  0 1 1 1 1 1      AUS: 54/3

Williamson brings in spinner Ish Sodhi in search of one more wicket, and Stoinis and Khawaja resort to singles 

Over 12 Smith departs!

Over Summary: 1 W 0 0 4 0    AUS: 50/3


OUT!! Steve Smith is out as Guptill finally takes a catch -- a beauty!! Lockie Ferguson strikes again and Aussies are three down now!!
Marcus Stoinis is the new batsman and he gets a lucky FOUR! as Boult misfields at third man

Over 11

Over Summary: 0 0 1 3 1 0      AUS: 45/2

Khawaja picks one off the third ball after Boult surprises him with two swinging ones, three for Smith as another boundary saved by Kiwi fielders

Over 10 Warner falls

Over Summary: W 0 0 2 0 0        AUS: 40/2

Time for change and what a change it is, Lockie ferguson, one of the leading wicket takers in this World Cup strikes on the first ball and picks the prized wicket of DAVID WARNER!! Massive jolt to Aussies!
Steve Smith is the new batsman, adn he begins his innings with a couple of runs off the foruth delivery 

Over 9

Over Summary: 0 2 0 4 2 0       AUS: 0/1

Boult in search of another wicket but all he gets is Khawaja sealing two runs, and he tops it up with a  boundary to fine-leg, if that was enough, a misfield ensures two more runs, and a good over for Australia

Over 8

Over Summary:  0 0 1 4 0 0      AUS: 30/1

Fielding remains brilliant as Khawaja looks for a single, Colin de Grandhomme keeps the length right but concedes a single after two dots and gifts Warner a delivery in which he slams a boundary to long-off

Over 7

Over Summary:  0 2 0 4 0 0      AUS: 25/1

Boult to Warner,
IN THE AIR!! Warner is lucky as he sustains a top edge but point fielder could not reach the ball. Warner gets a boundary finally and some pressure is off now

Over 6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 Wd 0 0 2       AUS: 19/1

Colin de Grandhomme continues, no runs from the bat in forst five balls, save a WIDE and two runs off the last ball 

Over 5 Finch departs early

Over Summary: 0 4 W 0 1 0      AUS: 16/1

Finch gets his first boundary and just when he was looking to add more, Boult did what he does best -- stunned the batsman with swing!! Clear LBW and Finch chose not to reveiw!! Aussies suffer an early jolt here! DROPPED!! Guptil dropped another one and this time, it could have been carried, it was the new batsman Usman Khawaja.


Over 4

Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 1 0      AUS: 11/0


Colin de Grandhomme continues and Finch picks one two let Warner do the rest, but the length deliveries keep Warner silent and he gracefully returns the strike two balls later, jsut three singles off the over

Over 3

Over Summary: 1 0 2 0 1 4      AUS: 8/0
 
Boult continues, a single and Warner is off the mark off the first ball, Finch also opens his account with a couple of runs and picks a single to third man and Warner gets the first bondary of the match at mid-wicket

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0       AUS: 0/0

Colin de Grandhomme bowls the second over, Finch takes his time to settle and DROPPED!! Guptill drives to covers but Guptill's one-handed catch could not take place. Another maiden overs for New Zealand.

Over 1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0       AUS: 0/0

Boult starts with four fot balls while Warner looks to settle at the strike, the line remains intact from Boult and there comes an edge off the last ball but it's short of man at slips, it's a maiden over! 
Warner and Finch at the crease, Trent Boult to start the bowling attack!

Match officials

Umpires: Joel Wilson, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough
 
Match Referee: Richard Richardson

Pitch report

It's bright day in London with 34 degree celcius temperature, it's a used wicket, spinners will be instrumental and a good track to bat on. Also, 300-plus score likely

New Zealand Playing 11:

Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Australia Playing 11:

Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff

Two changes in NZ playing 11

Ish Sodhi in place for for Henry
Nicholas in place Munro

New Zealand key players to watch out for:

Kane Williamson
 
New Zealand skipper Williamson is a guiding force for his team. He has scored 414 runs in six fixtures so far. With each passing game, Williamson's performance and responsibility are increasing. He has hit 40, 79*, 106*, 148 runs and also provided his off-spin services against Pakistan. Under his leadership, the Kiwis have won five matches from seven fixtures with one getting washed out.
 
Trent Boult
 
Boult had finished the 2015 edition as the tournament's joint highest wicket-taker with Starc. He has become one of the most successful fast bowlers of New Zealand. Boult has picked up nine wickets so far in the tournament. Apart from his fast bowling, he is known for his sharp fielding skills. He denied West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite from finishing the game as he pulled off a brilliant catch of Brathwaite on the boundary. In the same fixture, Boult picked up four West Indian wickets.

Australia key players to watch out for:

David Warner
 
Warner returned to the Australia team after serving a year-long ban for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal. He was the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) with 692 runs in 12 innings. In the seven World Cup matches played so far, Warner has 500 runs under his belt and leads the most-run scorer table. He is also the highest scorer in the tournament as he scored 166 in an innings.
 
Mitchell Starc
 
The 29-year old left-arm pacer has been in exceptional form in the tournament. The joint highest wicket-taker with Trent Boult in the 2015 edition, Starc is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament with 19 wickets so far. Known for nailing the perfect yorker, Starc picked up four wickets each against England and Sri Lanka, respectively. He also returned with a five-wicket haul against West Indies. In his latest outing against England, Starc stunned Ben Stokes as he delivered a perfect and match winning off-stump yorker. The cricket fraternity praised the delivery and even called it the ball of the tournament.

Finch relishing 'less aggressive' Australia at World Cup

Australia captain Aaron Finch said the champions had toned down their World Cup act as they prepare to face New Zealand, the team they beat in the 2015 final, at Lord's on Saturday.
 
The match will revive memories of a Melbourne final in which wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, now a member of Australia's coaching staff, was criticised for '"sledging" or verbally abusing New Zealand batsmen in his final one-day international.
 
But since then Australia have been through the trauma of a ball-tampering scandal that saw former captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner handed 12-month bans.
 
There has been a noticeable lack of flare-ups between players on opposing sides at this World Cup, although there have been issues of dissent at umpires' decisions.
 
"I think it has been a great spirit out on the field, regardless of results," Finch said at Lord's on Friday.
 
"I know the last one was quite an aggressive World Cup on the field, mainly from us. We were quite aggressive in our approach and how we went about things.
 
"This one has been absolutely brilliant, and I think that's been really pleasing as well."
 
In-form opening batsman Finch is expecting a strong test from New Zealand in a match where a win for Kane Williamson's men would see them into the last four.
 
"I think the great thing with New Zealand is that they fight and scrap every single game, regardless of whether it's a World Cup final or it's a club game," said Finch.
 
"They are a great fielding side. They put pressure on you. They have got world-class players."

Australia will not rest their pace duo, says coach Justin Langer

After Australia confirmed their semi-final spot, coach Justin Langer wants pace duo Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc to play in every match.
 
"I don't think they would want to. But I would be surprised if either of those guys rests up," Cricket.com.au quoted Justin Langer as saying.
 
"It is going to be one of the challenges for us. It is really nice to know we are in the semi-final. It's a really nervous time leading out to it because you can't win the final unless you are in the semi-final," Langer said.
 
Langer added that Australia have ample days of rest before the clash and players don't need any match rest before the knock out stage.
 
"The challenge is going to be that we have long layoffs now, a bit of a layoff, then five or six days in Manchester, we have to manage that really well. So I don't think they will want to rest," Langer added.

Williamson is bracing himself for a more raucous atmosphere at Lord's

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is bracing himself for a more raucous atmosphere than normal at Lord's when his side face Australia in a World Cup match.
 
New Zealand found themselves in front of a raucous pro-Pakistan crowd during a six-wicket loss at Edgbaston on Wednesday -- their first defeat of the tournament.
 
Lord's is traditionally the most reserved of England's major grounds but with many of the seats at the 28,500-capacity ground set to be occupied by Australia and New Zealand fans, Williamson is expecting a change in tone.
 
"Pakistan was very loud. Bangladesh, very loud. India, we didn't even play (the match was a washout) and they were very loud," a smiling Williamson said at Lord's on Friday.
 
"Usually you come to Lord's and there's sort of a quiet murmur when you play England, but I guess playing Australia it might be a little bit different when you have Kiwis and Australians filling out the seats.
 
"It will be a really good atmosphere."

New Zealand vs Australia head-to-head in World Cups

Total-10

Australia-7

New Zealand- 3

New Zealand vs Australia playing 11 prediction

New Zealand playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson.
 
Australia playing 11: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff.


Squads:

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
 
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.

Preview

An in-from Australia cricket team would look to add more victories in its kitty before playing in the semi-finals as they face New Zealand cricket team in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the historic Lord's Cricket Ground today. Australia are at the top of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Points Table while New Zealand are at the third place. While defending champions Australia is the only team to have booked a semi-final berth, the Kiwis, who are placed third, are a point away from it. The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand side had the best possible start to the showpiece event as they were unbeaten in their initial six games before going down against Pakistan. It is their bowling attack which has performed in every game but their batting looks a bit average.
 
Pacer Lockie Ferguson has led their pace attack after bagging 15 wickets from six games. Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme have not been amongst wickets, however, they both have handed good support to Ferguson after bowling economically. Boult and Grandhomme have nine and five wickets from six games but they have a decent economy of 4.46 and 4.47, respectively. The trio will once again need to replicate their show against an in-form Australian top-order.
 
In batting, the Kiwis have heavily relied on skipper Williamson and Ross Taylor to bail them out. In their game against Pakistan, batting-all-rounder James Neesham also gave a glimpse of how handy he can be with the bat. The Black Caps were once reeling at 46/4 against the Green Brigade before Neesham's 112-ball 97-run valiant knock propelled them to a fighting total.
 
With 414 runs from five innings, Williamson averages 138 and is at the fifth place in the list of leading run-getters. A lot will depend on him against a lethal Aussie pace attack as their top-order have disappointed so far.
 
As for Australia, they have shown improvement with every passing game. The Aaron Finch-led side have players who can rescue them out of any tricky situations.
 
Openers Finch and David Warner have been the Kangaroos' main strength. Both are the two top run-getters in this World Cup. While Warner tops the chart of leading run-getters with 500 runs from seven innings, Finch is just four runs short of him from as many games. As a pair, the duo have given great starts to their side.
 
The bowling has been fantastic so far as their two pacers -- Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins -- have been brilliant. Starc has 19 wickets from seven games while Cummins has scalped 11 from as many games.
 
Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon have further added some extra depth in their bowling.
 
With such match winners, Australia will aim to strengthen their position at the top while the Kiwis will try to forget their dismal show in their last game and get back to the winning mode again.
 
Overall, after the much anticipated Indo-Pakistan rivalry got over, fans can expect another thriller on Saturday as it will be time for the Trans-Tasmanian rivalry.


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