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  • 1:43 AM IST

    Right then, that brings up to the end of our coverage. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed it bringing it to you. Until next time then, it’s good night!

  • 1:38 AM IST

    Aaron Finch: “Great partnership to get us to a competitive total by Khawaja and Carey. It was important that we get time in the middle. It was a difficult surface to play strokes, and for Alex to get the ball off the middle was impressive. It was also a good surface for Lyon to bowl. Important to bowl the part-timers too. It helps the team so much to get wickets in the middle-overs. Justin, Haddin, and I definitely had a few plans in place.”

  • 1:38 AM IST

    Time for the captains to have their say, first up, Kane Williamson: “It was a challenging surface if you can hit the wicket hard. The nature of the slope here always brings about movement. We were in a position of strength in the first half. Credit to the way they rebuilt and got themselves to a competitive total. I guess we were going to hide it up, and I bowled a few more than I would have imagined. Two left-handers were playing, so the match-up of the ball going away was important. We weren’t able to break that partnership and Carey came and took the game away – a brilliant innings on that surface. I think Australia adapted better than we did. Some big lads hit the wicket hard and reaped the rewards. We needed a major partnership of more than a hundred, and the guys fought hard but it wasn’t to be. It’s important that we move on quickly from this game. We need to do better on the next surface. We need to have a look at the surface when we get there and make the right decision. The wickets haven’t been what most people expected, and they’re getting tired towards the end of the tournament.”

  • 1:36 AM IST

    Alex Carey was the Man of the Match: “Not the start we wanted (on being reduced to 92 for 5), but it was important to occupy the crease. I had no rush, just wanted to asses the conditions and then play my game. The pitch was on the slower side, there was spin as well. I wanted to keep it simple and play to my strengths. Today was a nice day, high credit to Khawaja – he played right through the heat and Mitchell Starc as well. I wanted to spend some time in the middle, I’m enjoying batting at the moment, coming in early is a good opportunity, although I would like to be out there in the last 10 overs. The keeping is coming up well, it’s a nice opportunity. It was a tough catch (Ross Taylor), was difficult to see the high ball under the blue skies, Ross was obviously a pretty key wicket. We will now go to Manchester, South Africa just had a nice win, so we need to keep performing and keep winning.”

  • 1:35 AM IST

    From being 92/5 to 243/9, Australia recovered thanks to Usman Khawaja, but more importantly Alex Carey, who smashed 71 off 72.

  • 1:32 AM IST

    Few pictures from the match

  • 1:24 AM IST

    GAME OVER! Starc completes a fifer, New Zealand are bowled out for 157, Australia win by 87 runs (Williamson 40; Starc 5/26)

  • 1:18 AM IST

    Nathan Lyon finishes, 10 overs, 1/36, New Zealand 157/9 in 43 overs.

  • 1:14 AM IST

    BOWLED HIM! Mitchell Starc doing what he does best, cleaning up the tail here, Lockie Ferguson departs for nought, New Zealand 144/9 in 41.1 overs

  • 1:10 AM IST

    BOWLED HIM! Mitchell Starc doing what he does best, cleaning up the tail here, Lockie Ferguson departs for nought, New Zealand 144/9 in 41.1 overs

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Hello and the welcome to our live coverage of Match 37 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and New Zealand at Lord’s London on Saturday.

AUS vs NZ Match Preview

Australia are the only team confirmed for the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Perennial contenders New Zealand are a win away from joining them in the final four, having suffered their first loss of the tournament this week to perennial upstarts Pakistan in Birmingham.

On Saturday at Lord’s, third-placed New Zealand will meet Australia in the first ODI between the two in over two years, with Kane Williamson‘s Blackcaps searching for a way past the defending champions. They need one win to confirm their place in the semi-finals; after the Lord’s match versus Australia await hosts England in Durham on July 3.

Should New Zealand lose both remaining matches, they will stay on 11 points. They would thus need England to lose to India, leaving the hosts on 10 points. If England beat India and New Zealand, they will go forward into the semi-finals with 12 points. If Pakistan beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, they would end on 11 points. Then head-to-head will come into play, and Pakistan would go ahead having beaten New Zealand in the league phase.

It is, really, New Zealand’s tournament to blow from here.

 

Editorial team of CricketCountry.