World T20, New Zealand vs Australia as it happened: McClenaghan stars in thrilling win

  • The first proper thriller of the Super 10 stage and what a cracker. New Zealand have started their post-McCullum era in blistering fashion!

    That's it from us for this match. Don't go anywhere as the next match is just over an hour away. England take on one of the tournament favourites South Africa.

  • Mitchell McClenaghan is the player of the match - another inspiring team selection from the Black Caps. 3-0-17-2 are his figures! Brilliant stuff. 

  • It's over! Corey Anderson with a very good last over - Black Caps with a 8-run win. The Australian lower order can't do enough.

    What a match this has been! Topsy-turvy like a roller-coaster in Disney World. 

    After 20 overs,Australia 134/9 ( Peter Nevill (W) 7 , Adam Zampa 2)

  • OUT! Yet another sliding catch in the outfield. Man, I have lost count. With 19 needed from the last 6 balls, 'Finisher' Faulkner mishits to cow corner off Corey Anderson, and Guptill takes a super catch.

    Match in the bag for Black Caps?

  • OUT! Another excellent catch in the outfield and this time it is Ross Taylor - with a sliding take at square leg to send back Agar. It was a good shot, a sweep but unlucky to find the fielder.

    WHAT AN OVER FROM MCCLENAGHAN! THREE RUNS AND TWO WICKETS!

    After 19 overs,Australia 124/7 ( James Faulkner 2 , Nathan Coulter-Nile 0)

  • OUT! Another twist in the tale! Mitchell Marsh joins the long list of people who were caught  in the outfield off mishits. A skier taken at long on. McClenaghan swings the match back in Kiwis favour.

  • After 18 overs,Australia 121/5 ( Mitchell Marsh 24 , Ashton Agar 9)

    Cometh the hour, cometh Mitchell Marsh. Smashes a big sixes off Santner from the 17th over to considerably ease the pressure on Aussies. Agar at the other end joins in too with a big six. Aussies need 22 from 12.

  • OUT! Oh, Maxi! Just when Australia looked on track with a few boundaries, a monster 101-m six from Mitch Marsh, Maxi slices Ish Sodhi high and not so handsome as Williamson takes a skier.

  • After 14 overs, Australia 89/4 (Glenn Maxwell 18 , Mitchell Marsh 5)

    Milne is part unlucky + part sloppy as he concedes 14 runs off the 13th over to ease the pressure on Australia. Maxwell gets away with two inside edge boundaries, Milne bowls a couple of wides too. Heading for an interesting finish!

  • After 12 overs,Australia 72/4 ( Glenn Maxwell 6 , Mitchell Marsh 2)

    Like we said, this is innings is taking a pattern very similar to the NZ innings. Good start, then falling apart. Santner and now Sodhi is on too, troubling Maxwell.

  • OUT! Another big wicket and it is that man Santner again. Was not the best of balls, in the slot to be swept, but Warner finds the deep midwicket fielder

  • OUT! Khawaja is run-out, Milne with a bullet through from the deep. New Zealand are right back in this one now. Warner and Khawaja both wanted two but the throw from Milne was just too good. Khawaja was the danger man!

  • After 8 overs,Australia 55/2 ( Usman Khawaja 33 , David Warner 3)

    The spinners (Santner and Willamson) have brought things back with two tight overs. This is getting very interesting now. The innings following a very similar pattern to the Black Caps'

  • OUT! Santner is the man to get the big breakthrough. Steve Smith is gone and the match just got a whole lot interesting. A lovely flighted ball that drifts in and goes past Smith's bat, and he is caught way short of the crease. 

    Very similar to Rohit Sharma's dismissal from the other night.

  • OUT! Watson falls, as McClenaghan strikes in his 2nd over. Mistimes an off-drive, Williamson takes it at mid-off

  • Worth remembering Australia pulled things back after the powerplay.. Not over yet, this

  • After 3 overs,Australia 30/0 ( Usman Khawaja 24 , Shane Watson 6)

    Usman Khawaja is in a hurry, but the start is not unlike the one New Zealand had. Khawaja already has five boundaries to his name already! 

  • From 58/0 in 6 to 142/8 in 20 overs. This has been one hell of a comeback by the Aussie bowlers. Kept chipping away with the wickets and never gave the easy runs. Faulkner and Watson were the pick of the lot. 

  • After 19 overs,New Zealand 134/6 ( Grant Elliott 22 , Mitchell Santner 0)

    And they keep finding the fielders in the deep! It's Ronchi's turn this time as he skies to deep midwicket, falls for 6. Australia keep chipping away. Elliott meanwhile has prodded, pulled and cut his way to a crucial 22. 

    Last over coming up..

  • After 17 overs, New Zealand 118/5 ( Grant Elliott 11 , Luke Ronchi (W) 1)

    Just 22 runs from the last 4 overs and the loss of Ross Taylor's wicket after a big six. Watson with the perfect comeback. Up to Elliot and Ronchi to finish strongly.

  • Highlights of an otherwise dodgy innings from the powerful leftie..

  • OUT! What an over that was from Mitchell Marsh. Troubled both Ross Taylor and Colin Munro with the change of pace. After playing and missing, Munro tries to forces the issue off the last ball, finds Faulkner at square leg. Just one run from it. Munro with an odd innings, 26-ball 23 with some crazy reverse shots

  • After 13 overs, New Zealand 96/3 (Colin Munro 23 , Ross Taylor 2)

    After Maxwell struck again to remove Corey Anderson, puts New Zealand on the backfoot, then Munro brings the innings back on track. In the 13th over, shapes to play the reverse sweep then plays a reverse late cut for 4. Then gets the reverse sweep right! and pumps it to cover for 4. Last ball of that over is 4 byes - misses everything.

  • Two wickets in the three overs after the powerplay! Australia have pulled things back in Dharamsala impressively. First Faulkner struck to remove Guptill as Maxwell completed a very good running catch at long on. Then Maxwell, the man with the golden arm, removes Williamson in his first over. Kiwis left with a rebuilding job now.

    After 9 overs, New Zealand 69/2 ( Colin Munro 5 , Corey Anderson 1)

     

  • After 6 overs, New Zealand 58/0 ( Martin Guptill 37 , Kane Williamson (C) 21)

    Near-perfect powerplay for New Zealand. Guptill has four sixes already, while Williamson is dealing in boundaries. Australia have used 4 bowlers already - Coulter Nile, Watson, Agar and Faulkner. Watto the pick of them so far.

  • They are on the right track, are the Black Caps...

  • After 3 overs,New Zealand 32/0 ( Martin Guptill 28 , Kane Williamson (C) 4)

    Big start for New Zealand! Agar bowls the third over of the match and his treated with disdain, THREE big sixes from Guptill. Watson kept things tight from the other end.

  • After 3 overs,New Zealand 32/0 ( Martin Guptill 28 , Kane Williamson (C) 4)

    Big start for New Zealand! Agar bowls the third over of the match and his treated with disdain, THREE big sixes from Guptill. Watson kept things tight from the other end.

  • Noisy crowd but mostly empty stands. Sad state for such a big game.

  • ' Play' says Marasmus.. Nathan Coulter Nile to start, Guptill and Williamson start proceedings...

  • New Zealand XI

  • Australia playing XI

  • New Zealand have made one change to the XI that defeated India so comfortably. Mitchell Mclenaghan comes in for Nathan McCullum

  • Kane Williamson has won the toss and opts to bat first in what seems a good batting wicket in Dharamsala. And what's more, there is sun out! Hopefully a full game today.

  • Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of Australia vs New Zealand from Dharamsala. The Trans-Tasman rivalry gets a scenic backdrop!

Dharamsala: New Zealand will bank on the confidence gained from beating favourites India to overcome Australia in a World T20 cricket group phase match here on Friday.

New Zealand began the tournament with a bang, shocking India by 47 runs on Tuesday. Though they struggled against the Indian spinners on a turning track in Nagpur, they battled to post a fighting score of 126 before bundling out the hosts for 79.

File photo of New Zealand.  AFP

File photo of New Zealand. AFP

Australia will be another tough opponent for the Kiwis, who have always been at each other's throat in competitive matches.

What will add zing to contest is the fact that both teams are eyeing their maiden World T20 triumph.

The amount of turn offered by the pitch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium could prove to be a determining factor in the match.

New Zealand's spin-troika of Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Nathan McCullum grabbed nine Indian wickets to surprise one and all. Their captain Kane Williamson dropped pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult against India and is expected to play the trio on Friday.

Their slow bowling threat has already made Australia stand up and take note.

Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson has said in the build-up to this that spin would play a crucial part in the HPCA stadium.

Australia possess spin options and are confident that Ashton Agar will be fit to play after suffering from a stomach illness.

Australia captain Steve Smith will be hoping the rich Indian Premier League (IPL) experience of the likes of Watson, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell will pay rich dividends.

The squads:

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santer, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliott, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill (wicketkeeper), Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115