Cricket World Cup 2023: Australia vs New Zealand, world reacts to ‘astonishing’ thriller, 5 runs, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Starc, Travis Head, Rachin Ravindra

Australia have pulled off a surprising five-run victory over New Zealand in one of many nice World Cup matches at Dharamshala.

Chasing down Australia’s 388, New Zealand by no means let the sport get out of hand because of 23-year-old younger gun Rachin Ravindra’s 89-ball 116.

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With 5 balls left nevertheless, Jimmy Neesham, who slammed a 39-ball 58 was dealing with Mitchell Starc, needing 18 runs to win.

The second ball of the ultimate over was a shocker from Starc, who threw it down the leg facet for a large that raced away for 4, taking 5 runs off the required goal with six balls nonetheless remaining.

“Mitchell Starc, what have you ever carried out right here?” Ian Smith screamed in commentary.

However Starc fastened his line, going for 2 runs every off the subsequent three balls to go away seven off two.

A run out of Neesham left the Kiwis needing six off the final ball, however Trent Boult might solely handle one.

The match is the best scoring World Cup match in historical past with 771 runs scored throughout the 2 innings.

“Astonishing, astonishing,” Ian Smith mentioned after the sport.

It was a very exceptional recreation from the outset as Australia plundered the New Zealand bowlers with David Warner and Travis Head combining for a 175-run partnership in simply 115 balls.

The reunited duo, after Head got here again from his damaged hand, bullied the Kiwi bowlers, together with taking 118 runs from the primary 10 overs, the third most costly first 10 overs in historical past.

However whereas Warner left the celebration first for 81 off 65 balls, Travis Head continued, brutalising a century in simply 59 balls in what was his first World Cup match.

It’s the quickest century for an ODI debutant in historical past, the third quickest hundred of the present World Cup and the fourth quickest in Australian ODI historical past.

Sadly Head was quickly dismissed — with the rating on 200 in simply the twenty fourth over — bowled by Glenn Phillips, and the momentum of the sport started to shift because the Aussie center order struggled in opposition to the New Zealand gradual bowlers.

The wild swings weren’t over nevertheless, with Josh Inglis coming to the crease at 5/274 and surviving a evaluate on his second ball.

The ball from Mitchell Santner was deemed to have lower than half the ball clipping the leg stump.

Ian Smith mentioned: “Making an attempt to elucidate to somebody from Mars about that may be very tough as a result of had he been given out, he stays out, he’s been given not out, he’s not out.”

The New Zealand nice wasn’t the one particular person pissed off by the decision.

It was the luck Australia must press on by means of after a 24-ball 41 from Glenn Maxwell, together with the most important six of the World Cup thus far at 104m, which landed on the roof of the Dharamshala grandstand swung the momentum again in Australia’s path.

When Maxwell was dismissed, 38 off 28 for Josh Inglis and an insane 14-ball 37 from Pat Cummins pushed the Aussies to simply shy of 400.

Australia additionally turned the primary workforce in ODI historical past to have scored three consecutive innings over 350+.

Whereas it appeared like one other huge win may very well be on the playing cards with the most important profitable chase in World Cup historical past being set by at 345 by Pakistan in opposition to Sri Lanka earlier within the event, the Kiwis confirmed little worry of the mammoth whole and ensured the run charge required by no means received out of hand.

New Zealand’s 23-year-old prodigy Ravindra led the way in which together with his second ODI century — and second of the event — and was ably supported by Daryl Mitchell’s 51-ball 54.

Ravindra was good all through the chase and was handed a life the ball after citing his century, when he bunted the ball straight again to Glenn Maxwell, just for the Aussie to spill the catch.

Aaron Finch was shocked.

“It’s only a regulation return catch,” Finch mentioned. “He can’t imagine it, nobody can imagine it.”

For Australia, fortunately it didn’t come again to chew them as they claimed the traditional victory.

The consequence doesn’t change the ladder positions with New Zealand nonetheless third and Australia fourth, but it surely opens up a 4 level hole over Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan — though solely Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have a recreation in hand.

New Zealand subsequent play South Africa on Wednesday, whereas Australia have a full week off earlier than enjoying England subsequent Saturday.

11.20pm – One other one down

That is getting tense now.

Australia have their seventh wicket after Mitchell Santner was caught, skying a ball as he attacked Adam Zampa.

New Zealand nonetheless want 69 runs however have simply three wickets left.

Lockie Ferguson additionally suffered an Achilles damage within the first innings, so they could have simply two wickets left.

11.06pm – ‘Unbelievable innings’ involves an finish

Rachin Ravindra, bear in mind the identify.

The New Zealander has blasted 116 to provide his nation a shot at chasing down a report World Cup rating of 388.

However he’s been dismissed within the forty first over, caught on the long-off boundary by Marnus Labuschagne.

It’s the wicket Australia as been preventing for but it surely was an distinctive knock from the younger man, who wouldn’t have been enjoying had Kane Williamson been match.

“Take a bow, younger man,” Aaron Finch mentioned in commentary. “Unbelievable innings.”

10.51pm – Maxy’s ‘shocker’ as prodigy does unthinkable

You’d assume 388 can be sufficient, however New Zealand younger gun Rachin Ravindra is retaining his nation alive within the report chase — though not with no little help.

Ravindra has introduced up an enormous century, smoking Glenn Maxwell for a six to deliver up a well-known ton.

It’s the 23-year-old’s second ODI hundred, each of which have come on this event.

Having introduced up his hundred with a six, Shane Watson mentioned “that’s outrageous”.

However the drama wasn’t over as Ravindra chipped the subsequent ball again to the normally protected arms of Glenn Maxwell, just for the Aussie star to drop a sitter.

The following ball was bunted straight again on the allrounder, and it’s gone straight by means of the arms.

Aaron Finch was shocked.

“It’s only a regulation return catch,” Finch mentioned. “He can’t imagine it, nobody can imagine it.”

It was an eventful over as Glenn Phillips was then caught by Marnus Labuschagne to make it 5 down.

Extremely, either side are on precisely the identical rating with 10 overs to go as New Zealand attain 5/292 with 10 overs to go.

That’s 97 runs.

10.26pm – Australia wanted that

New Zealand captain Tom Latham is out as Adam Zampa struck once more.

The Kiwis’ chase has not been uncontrolled but within the historic chase with younger gun Rachin Ravindra shifting alongside to 71 off 61.

However the Black Caps are 4/222 within the thirty second over, nonetheless needing 167 runs at 9 an over.

9.55pm – Zampa strikes

Daryl Mitchell has been taking it to Adam Zampa however the Aussie spinner has had the final giggle after the Kiwi batter holed out on the mid-on boundary when Mitchell Starc too his third catch of the evening.

Mitchell had stored the run-rate going together with his 51-ball 54 earlier than he went excessive one too many instances.

Nonetheless, the sport remains to be within the steadiness as New Zealand are 3/168 on the finish of 24 overs.

8.55pm – C: Starc, B: Hazlewood once more

Mitchell Starc has the magic arms at Dharamshala, taking a second catch because the Kiwi openers are again within the pavilion.

It was a brilliant begin from the Kiwis however Australia have pegged it again as Will Younger adopted Devon Conway again.

Hazlewood ran his fingers down the seam, incomes the sting and the Kiwis are 2/72.

8.45pm – First wicket down after quick begin

New Zealand have had a fast begin to their chase however Josh Hazlewood has snagged the primary wicket.

A ball down the leg facet, Devon Conway clipped all the way down to tremendous leg, however Mitchell Starc took a diving catch as he was contained in the circle, making it 1/61 within the eighth over.

Whereas it’s not the beginning that Australia had, it’s been an enterprising from New Zealand, who’re simply forward of the required run charge.

Ian Smith lamented the lack of the wicket.

“That was a free one, ‘why did I hit it inside six toes of Mitchell Starc?’” Smith mentioned as Conway screamed on the heavens.

7.38pm – Australia all out for 388

Australia’s innings has been a wild experience after an electrical begin and end sandwiched a dour center because the facet make 388.

However it was a strong combat again from New Zealand who at instances had been dealing with effectively over 400 after Australia reached 200 within the twenty fourth over.

The Kiwi spinners, particularly Glenn Philips who completed with 3/37 off 10 overs, tightened it up within the center, because it took nearly 12 overs to deliver up the subsequent 50 earlier than exploding late.

A 24-ball 41 from Glenn Maxwell, 38 off 28 for Josh Inglis and an insane 14-ball 37 from Pat Cummins pushed the Aussies to simply shy of 400.

It’ll want a report run chase from New Zealand to assert the win — the earlier highest profitable World Cup chase is 345 by Pakistan in opposition to Sri Lanka earlier on this event.

On Fox Cricket, Kerry O’Keeffe was giddy on the prospect of one other huge win for Australia.

“Australia has performed the proper innings,” O’Keeffe mentioned. “Head and Warner on the prime, solely the No. 3 (Mitch Marsh) and No. 5 (Marnus Labuschagne) in all probability received it fallacious, everyone else performed their function, 388, seems an ethical to win.

“All I do know is that Tom Latham gained the toss. The sky was bluer than Rodney Impolite, the pitch was tougher than algebra — and he despatched us in! Like, what’s happening?

“I performed when Richie Benaud had jet black hair however I do know … and he mentioned ‘it’s a morning recreation, we’re sending them in’. Each recreation used to start out within the morning. The ball went gun barrel straight. They placed on 118 with a swizzle stick. It was simply ridiculous.

“I’ve misplaced it. I simply can’t imagine the rationale as a result of Pat Cummins received it proper. He mentioned: ‘This seems a superb pitch, it’ll get gradual’ brackets, after which we’ll bowl them out for 120. They gained’t be capable to discover the boundary.”

7.20pm – 350 up for Australia

There’s nonetheless simply over three overs left and Australia have introduced up the 350.

A 24-ball 41 from Glenn Maxwell, together with the most important six of the World Cup thus far at 104m, which landed on the roof of the Dharamshala grandstand swung the momentum again in Australia’s path.

Josh Inglis and Pat Cummins then ensured the Kiwis must motor at over seven runs an over for his or her total 50 overs, passing the magical 350 mark for the third straight time.

It’s the primary time a nation has ever made 350+ in three consecutive ODI matches.

6.50pm – World Cup controversy re-erupts

It’s occurred once more.

Simply final evening in South Africa’s one wicket win over Pakistan, Tabraiz Shamsi was given not out late within the match, just for replays to return again “umpire’s name” and the Proteas held on for the win.

The umpire’s name has turn into a bugbear for followers who declare that if the ball is hitting the stumps, it must be out.

So lower than 24 hours later after an epic fightback from New Zealand, in fact it occurred once more.

Having come to the crease at 5/274, Josh Inglis survived his second ball in an nearly similar method.

The ball from Mitchell Santner was deemed to have lower than half the ball clipping the leg stump.

Ian Smith mentioned: “Making an attempt to elucidate to somebody from Mars about that may be very tough as a result of had he been given out, he stays out, he’s been given not out, he’s not out.”

The New Zealand nice wasn’t the one particular person pissed off by the decision.

6.40pm – One other one bites the mud

A lot for desires of 500.

Australia have misplaced the fifth wicket — Marnus Labuschagne for 18 — as New Zealand’s combat again continues.

It’s 5/275

“They (New Zealand) had been out of it, Head and Warner had put them out of it from the get go,” Ian Smith mentioned in commentary.

“They usually’re clawing their method again in to the purpose now the place Australia’s final recognised batsman is on the crease within the thirty ninth over.”

Wicketkeeper Josh Inglis survived a detailed name on his first ball.

6.33pm – Possibly it’s not as simple because it appears

Travis Head has made a profession of constructing tough pitches seem like absolute roads however his 67-ball 109 could have carried out his teammates soiled as the center order struggles in opposition to New Zealand.

Mitchell Marsh was the fourth wicket for 36 off 51 balls when he was bowled by Mitchell Santner.

It had been a irritating innings for Marsh but it surely has confirmed tough after Australia raced to 200 within the twenty fourth over.

By the thirty seventh over when Marsh was dismissed, Australia had been 4/264.

6pm – Australia come again to earth

If this was a T20, we’d be in fairly fine condition.

Sadly the sport has continued after the twentieth over and Glenn Philips is the destroyer.

Philips dismissed Steve Smith for 18, taking his third wicket after being by far essentially the most economical bowler.

Smith appeared to chip over the infield however bunted it straight to Trent Boult on the sting of the ring.

Whereas each different bowler has gone for over six and over — over seven to be trustworthy — Philips has bowled 9 over at simply 3.33 with figures of three/30 on the finish of his ninth over.

5.40pm – Debuts don’t get higher than that

Travis Head is brutalised a century in simply 59 balls as Australia put New Zealand to the sword.

It’s Head’s first ever World Cup match, not to mention hundred and he’s carried out it simple.

It is the quickest century for an ODI debutant in historical past, the third quickest hundred of the present World Cup and the fourth quickest in Australian ODI historical past.

Head celebrated by sticking his tongue out and didn’t even take away his cap, making it look like he was set for a a lot larger whole.

In commentary, Ricky Ponting mentioned that Head had mentioned he’d had simply two hits in opposition to tennis balls earlier than getting on the airplane to India.

Sadly for Head, he was bowled by Glenn Philips for 109 off 67 balls quickly after with the rating now 2/200 off 23.2 overs.

5.23pm – Warner the primary man out

It gained’t be three straight centuries for David Warner who has bunted the ball again to Glenn Philips for a sensational 65-ball 81.

Warner teed off with 5 fours and 6 sixes in opposition to New Zealand however fell simply in need of citing triple figures as soon as once more.

However after 19.1 overs, it’s 1/175, and Mitchell Marsh is coming to the crease.

God have mercy on New Zealand’s souls!

5.10pm – Australia decelerate

Sadly, it doesn’t seem like 600 is on the playing cards any extra.

The spinners are beginning to gradual the Aussies down. After 15 overs, it’s 0/150, with the run charge dipping below 10 for the primary time.

It implies that if the Aussies can maintain this tempo, they may solely rating about 500 runs.

For the report, the world report whole in ODIs is 4/498 held by England — a run charge of 9.96.

At drinks, Australia at 0/158 off 17 overs.

4.50pm – Third finest powerplay in historical past

New Zealand could also be regretting sending Australia in.

Travis Head and David Warner have bludgeoned the Kiwi bowlers to all components of the Dharamshala floor hitting 0/118 off the primary 10 overs.

Extremely, Warner hit his 50 off simply 27 balls, adopted quickly by Head, who took simply 25 balls, the quickest 50 thus far within the World Cup. It’s not been a nasty comeback for Head, who’s recovering from a damaged hand.

Within the first powerplay, it’s the third greatest rating of all-time, and Australia’s finest ever begin.

The one tallies to beat them are Sri Lanka’s 0/133 in opposition to England in 2006 and the West Indies’ 1/119 in opposition to Canada on the 2003 World Cup.

4.25pm – Gorgeous begin by the Aussie openers

Australia’s openers are in some temper early after being despatched in to bat.

After simply 5 overs, the Aussie pair of David Warner and the returning Travis Head had already put 60 runs on the board.

“That is brutal. It truly is. And it’s going to remain,” New Zealand nice Ian Smith mentioned in commentary.

“That is strain New Zealand haven’t felt for a very long time. It’s simply completely savage.

“Three dot balls to finish the (fifth) over, which is sweet information. The dangerous information is it’s 60 for none.”

M Satyakam, commenting on the match on X, echoed the ideas of Aussie followers and neutrals when he applauded Head’s return.

On the finish of seven overs, the Aussie duo was exhibiting no indicators of slowing down, placing 86 runs on the board at a median of over 12 per over.

Warner was on 43 from 24 deliveries, with Head proper there on 40 from simply 20 balls.

4.10pm – Aussie openers off to an explosive begin

Having despatched the Australian facet in to bat, New Zealand can be focusing on some tight bowling and, ideally, some early wickets.

Not a lot.

The returning Travis Head and David Warner took 14 runs from the primary two overs in a powerful begin.

However the fireworks actually started within the third over, which proved a nightmare for Kiwi fast Matt Henry, conceding 22 runs.

The spotlight for Australia was a free hit for Head from a no ball, which he duly dispatched for six.

“The place will this go to?” Ian Smith speculated because the ball was delivered.

“Midway up the Himalayas, that’s the place it went,” he replied to himself.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting jumped in on the motion too in commentary.

“It’s within the Hyatt Regency that one Smithy, that’s the place we left from this morning,” he beamed.

“Took us about 45 minutes to get down, would possibly take them the identical period of time to get that ball again.”

3.45pm – Shock name within the Australian line-up

As you possibly can learn beneath, a lot of the hypothesis for the Australian facet revolved round Marnus Labuschagne.

The expectation was he can be the person to make method for Travis Head if the latter was match to play.

However the Aussies went in a distinct path, as skipper Pat Cummins introduced when New Zealand gained the toss and despatched his facet in.

“One change, Travis Head comes again in and Cam Inexperienced is the unlucky man to overlook out,” he mentioned.

“Anybody in our squad appears like they will step in and have a task to play, however Trav’s report has been superior, simply missed out (in opposition to Netherlands) a few days in the past, however he thinks he’s prepared now.”

3.35pm – Kiwis win the toss and ship Australia in to bat

The primary big name of the day has taken place, with stand-in New Zealand captain Tom Latham profitable the toss and sending the Aussies in.

“We’re going to have a bowl. It seems a fairly respectable floor, clearly being a barely earlier begin, would possibly give us a little bit of help with the brand new ball.”

New Zealand made one change, bringing in all-rounder James Neesham for Mark Chapman.

3.25pm – Kerry O’Keeffe is prepared for this one

The person they name “Cranium” is already in kind forward of this big match.

Discussing the Australian workforce and the doubtless return of Travis Head, former Check spinner O’Keeffe had this pearl of knowledge in a chat with Brendon Julian on Fox Cricket.

“One man which will play tonight may very well be Travis Head boys, what do you assume?” Julian requested.

“Nicely first up from a spell, the Australians are placing numerous accountability on Travis’ head,” O’Keeffe replied.

There’s a pause as the road sinks in, earlier than Julian says “I like that”.

“I didn’t imply that!” O’Keeffe replied.

Depart it to Cranium so as to add some color to what will likely be an extended evening, even when he doesn’t imply it.

2.30pm – ‘He’s received to’: Daring name Aussies should make

Australia have resurrected their World Cup marketing campaign and now look set to welcome opener Travis Head again into the line-up.

The addition of the swashbuckling left-hander will trigger a ripple impact within the batting order with former skipper Steve Smith the doubtless man to be hit.

After overcoming a damaged hand, Head is tipped to accomplice with David Warner on the prime of the innings for the Aussies.

Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh mentioned if Head is chosen, the one spot for him within the line-up is on the prime.

“If Travis Head performs, he’s received to open the innings,” Waugh mentioned to Fox Cricket.

“Hopefully he can slot again in and have the influence he’s had during the last 12 months.”

The return will doubtless end in Marnus Labuschagne being axed from the beginning XI with Steve Smith sliding out of his favoured spot at first drop.

“It’s a distinct type of mindset I believe, whenever you are available in at three to 4,” Smith mentioned.

“I received informed if Trav was enjoying that I used to be going to be batting 4.

“I’ll do regardless of the workforce desires. I’ve received a reasonably good report at three, so I used to be a bit shocked in a method, however I’ll do what I must for the workforce.”

Smith discovered kind in opposition to Netherlands on Wednesday evening as he scored 71 runs from 68 balls because the Aussies scored a historic win.

2pm – Stoinis, Head try to state their instances

Within the lead-up to Saturday’s big match, Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head had been doing their finest to show they had been able to return to motion.

As Daniel Cherny reported for CODE Sports activities, skipper Pat Cummins was retaining his playing cards near his chest forward of the massive conflict.

“I don’t know to be trustworthy,” Cummins replied when requested in regards to the two forward of coaching, though we’re unsure he was being completely trustworthy.

Stoinis was stored from the victory over the Netherlands with calf soreness, whereas Head is nearly 100 per cent after recovering from a damaged hand.

Australia will face the Black Caps at Dharamshala’s Himachal Pradesh Cricket Affiliation Stadium on Saturday, with the primary ball scheduled for 4pm AEDT.

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