He’s three from eight as New Zealand continue to turn the screw. 6th over: Australia 37-3 (Maxwell 2, Stoinis 1) Santner’s spin is replaced by the raw pace of Lockie Ferguson, and the speedster hits his marks conceding just three singles as Australia’s right-handers consolidate. 5th over: Australia 34-3 (Maxwell 0, Stoinis 0) Southee has 2/6 from his two overs.
He, and his country, needed that. Boult replies with a couple of deck-hitting dot balls then finds Finch’s outside edge but it trickles wide of the cordon for runs – only two – with Australia labouring between the wickets. 2nd over: Australia 7-1 (Finch 1, Marsh 1) Southee hits his marks to Mitchell Marsh and Aaron Finch, nipping the ball back into the two right-handers from over the wicket.
Finch tries to fight fire with fire, advancing down the pitch, but he can only find mid-off with a mistimed drive. New Zealand well on top. It's hard to overstate the importance of that wicket. Not only is Warner a brilliant player but with Australia's lone top order left-hander gone Sodhi & Santner can now operate freely against the right-handers, who largely struggle against away spin. #T20WorldCup— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 22, 2022 WICKET! Warner b Southee 5 (Australia 5-1)Light night follows day Southee follows Boult – and he gets the breakthrough! That was one heck of an ugly wicket. Not a great delivery, on a length around leg stump, Warner drops to one knee to larrup a mow over midwicket, only to bottom edge onto his pad, the ball lobbing up and catching another under-edge in his follow through and down onto the stumps.
It was good, but, um, yeah, 23 overs into the tournament proper…Anyway, Finch tries to do the same but can only drill the ball straight to extra-cover. A great over for Australia turns into a disaster. Finch’s poor run continues. 4th over: Australia 30-2 (Marsh 12) 3rd over: Australia 19-1 (Finch 13, Marsh 1) BOSH! Who’s out of form? Not Aaron Finch. He absolutely belts the cover off a length Southee delivery and it flies 102m into the cheap seats. The follow up is a classical straight drive for four.
Plenty of luck two deliveries ago edging through second slip, then the absolute worst luck imaginable. He has the wherewithal to smile at his misfortune. 1st over: Australia 5-0 (Warner 5, Finch 0) Trent Boult opens with a trio of dots, the second of which nips off the seam and induces a play and miss from David Warner. Then there’s a huge let-off for the Australian opener. He’s squared up by Boult and edges straight to where second slip was standing for the first three balls and away for a boundary.
9th over: Australia 54-4 (Maxwell 10, David 3) Santner has 2/19 from his three overs. Australia need a miracle. Every replay makes Phillips’s catch to dismiss Santner look even better. Full length, mid-air, hitting the ball on the run, just incredible. WICKET! Stoinis c Phillips b Santner 7 (Australia 50-4)Mark Howard reckons we’ve already seen the shot of the tournament, well that might genuinely be the catch of the tournament.
The SCG raises barely a murmur. This is an absolute shellacking. Australia are deep, deep in it with this NRR hit. — Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) October 22, 2022 16th over: Australia 109-7 (Cummins 20, Starc 4) Cummins somehow forces Ferguson over the offside ring and away for four, a manufactured stroke quickly forgotten when the Test skipper stands his ground and plucks a half-volley off his stumps and deposits it into the pavilion.
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There’ll be plenty more OBOs like this to keep an eye on as the tournament progresses and I look forward to catching you back here when I’m on the tools. The action isn’t over just yet. The context of Australia’s thrashing will become clearer after group rivals England take on Afghanistan in Perth. That one gets underway shortly and you can follow all the action here:Kane Williamson was chill:It was one of those days, an outstanding day.
That was not an easy catch under the lights, but it continues New Zealand’s dream night. WICKET! Finch c Williamson b Santner 13 (Australia 30-2)A surprising move from Williamson, bringing Mitchell Santner into the attack early, perhaps goading Marsh to take the spinner on before he’s set. And that’s exactly what the No 3 does, fetching a sweep from outside off and whipping it behind square leg for four. He doesn’t look to be reading the ball out of Santner’s left hand though, nervously prodding at a couple of dots before making Australia’s Mark Howard on commentary declare he’s already seen the shot of the tournament when he opens his shoulders and hits a massive high drive over square cover.
Finn Allen at the top set the tone and another class innings from Devon and a lot of contributions throughout to get to a very good total. And I thought the fielding and the bowling was outstanding. The boys showed a lot of technical ability and held the catches. It’s a funny game… It was a really clinical performance and something to build on for our next ones. The skippers have had their say. Aaron Finch was magnanimous in defeat:They were in front of the game the whole way and we were chasing the whole way. We were totally outplayed in all aspects… You have to plan to win the next four games and get a bit of luck along the way.
The run-rate is above 11. If the rain ever does come, the points are New Zealand’s. After the Kiwis expertly picked off the short 63-metre square boundary, the Aussies' top three have all gone out in the Powerplay trying to clear it #T20WorldCup— Louis Cameron (@LouisDBCameron) October 22, 2022 WICKET! Marsh c Neesham b Southee 16 (Australia 34-3)The good news is Glenn Maxwell is in early. The bad news is Glenn Maxwell is in early. Will we see the usual freedom from the most entertaining batter in the game? Southee continues his good form, going for four from four and howling for an LBW appeal that’s declined on-field and not reviewed. No bother, next ball Marsh tries to slog his way into rhythm but he doesn’t pick the slower off-cutter and can only sky a drive into the safe hands of Jimmy Neesham at cow corner.
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