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Thunder Boult sets up thrilling Kiwi victory

Thunder Boult sets up thrilling Kiwi victory
In a low-scoring match that went right down to the wire, the nervous Kiwis huffed and puffed to victory after man of the match pacer Trent Boult’s career-best five-wicket haul had helped bowl out the Aussies for 151 in 32.2 overs at a packed Eden Park.

Chasing the modest target, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, playing through a swollen arm after being hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer, whacked a 24-ball 50 to lay the foundation of the victory.

However, what seemed like an easy chase was almost turned on its head by Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc, who scalped the second best bowling figures in the World Cup with a haul of 6/28 in nine overs. But that was not enough as New Zealand eventually crossed the finishing line in 23.1 overs.

The Black Caps made things difficult for themselves owing to a mid-innings collapse but Kane Williamson (45 not out; 42b, 5X4, 1X6) kept his cool amid chaos to complete the win with a six off Pat Cummins.

This was New Zealand’s fourth successive win in the event and ensured them a place in the last-eight by consolidating their position at the top of the points table. The team is chasing its first World Cup title.
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