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#AUSvNZ | Trans-Tasman rivals fight it out in Dharamsala as New Zealand win by 8 runs

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:58 IST

Australia and New Zealand played out a thrilling match at Dharamsala on the 4th day of the super 10's stage at the ICC World T20, with New Zealand winning by 8 runs

New Zealand set a low total to begin with, but their bowling came good in the second consecutive match as Australia were restricted to a score of 133.

The Australians got off to a good start, as Usman Khwaja made 38 off 37 balls, and set the Kangaroos on their way to a victory by laying a good foundation for the batsmen after him to help reach the target.

But some good bowling by Mitchell McClenaghan in the second last over - in which he took the crucial wicket of Mitchell Marsh - meant that New Zealand were able to claw their way back into the match.

Such is the nature of T20 cricket that the situation of the match changed in merely one over.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was left with too much to do in the last over, with Australia needing 21 runs to win off 6 balls, and the pressure was just too much to take for the Aussies with only two of their wickets remaining.

Australia had a glimmer of hope when Peter Nevill hit a six to reduce the equation to 12 runs needed off 3 balls, but could only manage a single in the next ball to put Nathan Coulter-Nile on strike.

On the very next delivery, Coulter-Nile was bowled by Anderson, to confirm the victory for New Zealand. With the victory, New Zealand consolidated their position at the top of Group 2 with 4 points, making their task of qualifying for the semi-finals a lot easier.

First published: 18 March 2016, 6:24 IST