New Zealand missed the world record win by just 6 runs in the ODI World Cup. While chasing the huge target of 389 runs presented by Australia, New Zealand managed to score 383 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs.
James Neesum scored 58 runs in 39 balls and brought the team close to victory. However, he was run out in the last over and New Zealand lost by only 5 runs. If they had won today’s match, New Zealand would have achieved their biggest goal in the World Cup so far.
A total of 771 runs were scored in the match. This is the record for most runs scored in a single match of any World Cup. This is Australia’s fourth consecutive win after losing the first two matches. Australia has 8 points from 6 matches. Despite the win, Australia could not surpass New Zealand, who had the same score, on the basis of net run rate. New Zealand is third and Australia is fourth.
Rachin Ravindra scored the highest 116 runs for New Zealand. He hit 9 fours and 5 sixes in 89 balls. Similarly, Daryl Mitchell played an innings of 54 runs off 51 balls. For Australia, Adam Zampa took 3 wickets and Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins took 2 wickets each.
Australia, the five-time winner who lost the toss and batted first, scored 388 runs in 49.2 overs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.
Travis Head and David Warner gave Australia a great start. Both shared 175 runs. Warner scored 85 runs. In this process, he hit 5 fours and 6 sixes. Travis Head also played an aggressive shift and scored a century. He completed his century in 59 balls and scored 109 runs. This is the third fastest century in this World Cup. Earlier, Glenn Maxwell scored a century off 40 and Aidan Markram scored a century off 49 balls. This is his first century in the World Cup and the fourth of his career.
Australia’s middle order could not make a significant contribution after two players were out. Mitchell Marsh scored 36 runs while Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne scored 18 each.
Glenn Maxwell, who came after that, again played an explosive innings. He scored 41 runs in 24 balls after scoring a century in 40 balls in the previous match. He hit 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Similarly, Josh English and captain Pat Cummins guided Australia to a huge total. England scored 38 runs in just 28 balls. He hit four fours and a six. Captain Cummins scored 37 runs off 14 balls. He hit two fours and 4 sixes. For New Zealand, Trent Boult and Glenn Phillips took 3 each and Mitchell Santner took 2 wickets.