T20 World Cup 2016 Highlights: Australia vs New Zealand Highlights – T20 World Cup 18 March 2016. AUS vs NZ Highlights at Dharamsala, Watch Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Highlights on Friday, 18th March 2016.
Cricket Series: T20 World Cup 2016
Australia Squad: UT Khawaja, SR Watson, SPD Smith*, DA Warner, GJ Maxwell, MR Marsh, JP Faulkner, PM Nevill†, AC Agar, A Zampa, NM Coulter-Nile
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The New Zealand Blackcaps continued their magnificent run of form, downing their rivals Australia in a close encounter at the World T20 at Dharamsala.
Williamson won a crucial toss for New Zealand, having no hesitation in electing to bat first. The openers made good use of the new ball during the power play overs by scoring 58 runs without losing a wicket. Guptill was the first batsman dismissed when he was caught in the outfield with his score on 39 from 27 balls. With the shine off the new ball, the Australian bowlers started to fight back, as they struck at regular intervals with plenty of slower balls. Elliot provided some impotence in the latter overs to get New Zealand to 142/8, which many though was below par given the power of the Australian batting line-up. Faulkner and Maxwell were the best with the ball for Australia taking 2 wickets each.
Australia had a similar approach during the power play overs, with Khawaja taking it to the New Zealand attack with a scintillating 38 from 27 balls. Watson never really got going during his 13, but It was the big wickets in the middle order of Smith and Warner that put Australia on the back foot. It was the spin of Santner that did the trick on both occasion to end with figures of 2/30. Maxwell and Marsh batted Australia back into the contest, but the pressure was simply too much during the death overs, with wickets falling at regular intervals. New Zealand kept their heads well with brilliant constructed bowling plans to each batsman to eventually restrict Australia to 134/9 after 20 overs. McClenaghan ended with 3/17 from 3 overs and did most of the damage during the final few overs of the chase.
New Zealand will be over the moon with their 8 runs win, making it two from two for the Blackcaps, taking out two heavily favored sides in the tournament.