New Zealand won by 86 runs
Australia vs New Zealand match preview
Shortly after their victorious charge at the CWC19 was terminated by Pakistan, New Zealand’s performers were joking and laughing in their changing room.
It was just opportunity to experience the pleasure of going down swinging, to trust that a better team beat them on an overcast Wednesday in Birmingham, to cop it on the jaw, and look forward to the next task.
The scouting report on Saturday’s competitor at Lord’s (Sunday from 12:30 NZ time) will have been important. Australia is on top of everything. The Australians lead the standings, one point over the Kiwis.
They are the 1st and only team to have nailed down a semi-finals berth. To join the defending champions in the play-off stage, the Kiwis need one point from their last two group games.
Australian paceman Mitchell Starc leads the wicket-takers list with 19, 3 more than anyone else. His usual new-ball partner Pat Cummins has eleven. The Kiwis’ best is Lockie Ferguson with fifteen.