Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Trent Boult Takes Second Hat-trick of the Tournament

Trent Boult Takes Second Hat-trick of the Tournament

Even if they lose this ongoing game and their remaining league game, it would only impact their standing in the top four.

Not only did they find their escape, they then managed to turn the tables, and pummel New Zealand into submission.

Australia speedster Mitchell Starc has yet again got himself back in his fatal form while the inclusion of Jason Behrendorff has added more charm to their bowling line-up.

Their heavy defeat at the hands of Australia may have dented their overall Cricket World Cup prospects, but the Black Caps still have a simple path to the World Cup semifinals.

A clinical performance with the ball after Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey rescued them with the bat.

Qualification is no longer an issue for Australia but captain Aaron Finch insists his fast bowlers are itching to keep their foot on the gas ahead of the semi-finals.

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TOSS - The team winning the toss would like to bat first.

Boult finished with figures of 4/51 as Australia posted 243/9 in 50 overs. Usman Khawaja played a patient knock of 88 for Australia after a top order collapse.

In a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final, Trent Boult claimed a hat-trick with a spell of devastating death bowling that left Gary Stead's side requiring 244 runs for victory - but they squandered such a commanding position.

Martin Guptill has pulled off what will surely go down as one of the catches of the Cricket World Cup, getting rid of Australian dangerman Steve Smith at Lord's. Glenn Maxwell (1) also departed soon after, leaving Australia looking down the barrell at 92/5. Khawaja failed to kick on after Carey's wicket but the headlines were stolen by a last over hat-trick by Trent Boult (4/51).

The batting has been a major concern for New Zealand as the side is much dependent on skipper Kane Williamson.

Ish Sodhi came in for Matt Henry, and Henry Nicholls replaced Colin Munro in the New Zealand playing XI, while Australia fielded an unchanged side. Martin Guptill (20) looked good but was caught lbw by Behrendorff soon after. Boult also became the first player from his country to bag two hat-tricks in ODI cricket.

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