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28-Oct-2023 13:12:00 GMT
Australia vs New Zealand - 27th Match, Dharamsala

Australia beat New Zealand in high-scoring World Cup thriller

Australia 388 (Head 109, Warner 81, Phillips 3-37) beat New Zealand 383 for 9 (Ravindra 116, Neesham 58, Mitchell 54, Zampa 3-74) by five runs

Dharamsala: Australia overcame a spirited New Zealand to extend their World Cup winning streak to four games in a high-scoring thriller in Dharamsala on Saturday.

The Black Caps needed 19 to win from the final over and six from the last ball for a World Cup record chase of 389.

But James Neesham was agonisingly run out for 58 off the penultimate ball to end their hopes.

They finished five runs short on 383-9, led by Rachin Ravindra's flawless 116.

The combined tally of 771 runs made it the highest-scoring World Cup game of all time.

Earlier, Travis Head's brutal 109 from 67 balls, in an opening stand of 175 in 19.1 overs with David Warner, helped Australia to their imposing total of 388.

An uncharacteristic sloppy performance in the field saw New Zealand spill four catches, including Head on 70 and 75, amid a chaotic opening bowling display.

The usually consistent seamers Matt Henry and Trent Boult struggled in the face of Warner and Head's aggressive start, with the pair smashing 118-0 in the 10-over powerplay - an Australian ODI record.

Part-time spinner Glenn Phillips' 3-37 were the only respectable figures in Australia's imposing total, which included 20 sixes.

Australia have recovered from two successive defeats to start the tournament and are well-placed for a semi-final spot, while New Zealand's hopes are not too severely dented after their strong start of four wins in the tournament.

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