New Zealand emerged as an invincible and most powerful team in the 2015 ICC World Cup, as they stunned mighty Australia by one wicket in a thriller at the Eden Park, Auckland. They bowled Australia out for a paltry 151 in 32.2 overs first, but had a tough time to reach the target.
From 81/1, Australia slumped to 106/9 at one stage. They recovered little to cross 150 mark. David Warner (34), Shane Watson (23) and Brad Haddin (43) were the top scorers. Trent Boult took five wickets, while Southee and Vettori took two wickets each.
New Zealand were off to an explosive start, thanks to Brendon McCullum’s 50 off 24 balls with 7 boundaries and 3 sixes. They lost a few wickets in the middle. Later, the match reached an exciting climax with Kiwis slumped 146/9. Kane Williamson hit a six to take the game away from Australia.
New Zealand reached 152/9 in 23.1 overs and won the match by just one wicket. McCullum scored 50, while Williamson remained unbeaten on 45. Corey Anderson made 26. Mitchell Starc took six wickets. Pat Cummins took two wickets. Trent Boult was declared ‘Man of the Match’.