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New Zealand knocks out defending champion Australia by 89 runs in T20 World Cup

New Zealand stunned defending champion Australia by 89 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the ongoing T20 World Cup and earned a crucial two points.

By wasmulhaq 
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Sydney: New Zealand stunned defending champion Australia by 89 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the ongoing T20 World Cup and earned a crucial two points. The runners-up of the previous edition outclassed Australia in all departments of the game. Except for losing the toss, Kane Williamson’s side dominated the proceedings throughout the match.

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Australia defeated New Zealand in the previous edition’s final in 2021 to win its maiden trophy.

111 is the lowest total for Australia in a T20I at home. The previous lowest was 127 against Pakistan in Melbourne in 2010.

Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. The home team was thinking of uprooting two or three Kiwi batters in the initial overs. New Zealand, an unpredictable team, batted cautiously through both openers Finn Allen and Conway who set the tone for this huge score. Allen was severe on the Aussie attack and hammered 42 in 16 balls. However, Conway remained unbeaten on 92. In the end, the Black Caps managed to score 200 runs on the board.

Devon Conway was adjudged player of the match for scoring a polished 92 not out and carrying the innings till the end.

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Chasing over 200 runs is a daunting task for any side. So is that the case with the hosts.

The Kiwis’ bowlers were right on target and took wickets at regular intervals.

The Australian batters were clueless against the disciplined attack and well supported fielding by the Kiwis. At the half-way point of the innings, five batters from the home team backed into the hut. The Kiwis’ victory was on the card, and the only formality remained. The reality came in the 17.1 overs when Australia was bundled out for just 111 (Nelson score).

This remarkable victory will prove a tonic for the Black Caps while a lot of repair work is needed in the Australian camp. Throughout the game, they were toothless, lacked fighting spirit, and appeared disjointed, which is unusual for the Australian team.

The confidence of the New Zealand side must go up, and the team is hoping to continue with the same momentum in the remaining matches. The Blackcaps have rung an alarming bell for other hot favourites in the tournament.

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