NZ defeats Australia in T20 World cup

New Zealand won their second consecutive match of the World Twenty20 after beating Australia by eight runs in a group phase clash here on Friday. New Zealand sored 142/8 after winning the toss and taking first strike and then restricted their opponents to 134/9 at the HPCA Stadium. The Kiwis beat hosts India in their opening game by 47 runs. Fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan was the star of their neat bowling performance, taking 3/17 and derailed Australia’s innings. New Zealand picked up wickets regularly to restrict Australia from gaining enough momentum. Earlier, Australia recovered from a Martin Guptill (39) blitz to restrict New Zealand to 142/8. Guptill belted 39 runs as the Kiwis powered to 58 in six overs. But a collapse, losing three wickets for 15 runs, jolted their charge.

Medaram Jathara

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