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Mar 19, 2014
New Zealand lost their second warm-up tie to Australia by a narrow margin of three runs at Fatullah in the ICC World T20 2014. Chasing 200 to win, the Kiwis faltered in the last over to lose two key wickets. New Zealand will enter the the main draw without a win in their two warm-up matches.
After the Aussie batsmen smashed the bowlers all around, the New Zealand batters put up a brave front with Martin Guptill leading the chase. The Kiwis raced up to 37 in 4 overs before Kane Williamson was caught by Brad Haddin behind the wickets off Nathan Coulter-Nile for 17. It was Guptill who kept the run flow on, and along with skipper Brendon McCullum, the duo put on 61 in five overs. McCullum was dismissed for am 18-ball 37.
Guptill eventually fell for 62 from 34 balls which involved five boundaries and four sixes. New Zealand slipped further when Ross Taylor and Colin Munro departed in consecutive deliveries. However, a cameo from Luke Ronchi and Corey Anderson took them closer to the target.
Needing 17 in the last two over with Anderson and Ronchi, New Zealand fancied their chances. Both fell to Mitchell Starc in the same over to give the Aussies a chance to snatch the game back. Yet New Zealand had James Neesham and Anton Devcich to score six from the last over, but the batsmen just couldn’t keep their calm as Neesham was dismissed on the first ball while Devcich was run-out.
Earlier in the day, Australian openers smashed 113 in eight overs after winning the toss. Finch and Warner smashed 83 between the third and seventh overs which included 10 boundaries and six sixes. The Kiwis would thank their fate that this wasn’t a main draw match. The Australian showed some mercy when Finch retired out for 47 from 22 balls. Just about an over later Glenn Maxwell was out leg-before by Anton Devcich. Warner too went back retired out for 65 in 26 balls which included seven boundaries and five sixes.
Australia 200 for 7 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 47, David Warner 47; Kyle Mills 2 for 21) beat New Zealand 197 for 9 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 62, Brendon McCullum 37; Brad Hogg 2 for 36) by 3 runs.
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