Five-time champions Australia beat gallant New Zealand by five runs in a thrilling World Cup match on Saturday. Australia reached 388 all out, with Travis Head hitting 109 and opener David Warner 81. Despite Rachin Ravindra’s 116 and Jimmy Neesham’s 33-ball fifty, Lockie Ferguson failed to knock a six off the last ball, leaving New Zealand on 383-9.
Australia beat New Zealand by 5 runs | World Cup 2023
Rachin Ravindra scored his second century of the tournament as New Zealand chased Australia’s 388. New Zealand openers started well in the chase of 389 runs, but Josh Hazlewood struck twice to dismiss them. The Kiwis were stuck on 383-9 after a fierce duel between Daryl Mitchell and New Zealand. Rachin Ravindra scored 116 and Jimmy Neesham scored a 33-ball fifty. Lockie Ferguson failed to knock a six off the penultimate ball. New Zealand is third in points, while Australia is fourth. The Kiwis have trounced all their opponents, whereas Australia has struggled against tougher sides. New Zealand will be doubtful after losing their last match to India, while Australia is on a hat-trick.