Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Trent Boult hat-trick lights up Lord's after Australia fightback

Trent Boult hat-trick lights up Lord's after Australia fightback

New Zealand, who are now placed third on points table, had suffered their maiden defeat of the tournament at the hands of Pakistan delaying their qualification for the knockout stage.

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

Toss: Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first.

Table-toppers Australia went into the match already assured of their place in the semi-finals.

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Australia top the round-robin standings with only South Africa to play in the group stage, leaving Starc expecting better things still to come from the defending champions. The flying ball's trajectory was cut short by an airborne Steve Smith who dived to his right in the blink of an eye to send the southpaw back to the pavilion. Glenn Maxwell (1) also departed soon after, leaving Australia looking down the barrell at 92/5.

Khawaja had earlier steadied the ship with his 129-ball knock that included a crucial 107-run sixth-wicket stand with Alex Carey (71 from 72) after the Aussies were 5-93.

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In what was a rematch of the 2015 final between the trans-Tasman rivals at Lord's on Saturday, Kiwi left-arm pacer Boult hogged the limelight with a sensational last-over hat-trick to stop Australia's rebuilding job at 243 for nine.

Meanwhile, former New Zealand star Daniel Vettori insists his country are still World Cup contenders despite their recent stumbles.

Martin Guptill made a bright start, but got out for 20. Unfortunately, Starc found Kane's outside edge after the New Zealand skipper scored 40 off 51 balls with two boundaries and a six.

As a result of Boult's hat-trick, Australia finished on 243/9.

Australia, who beat New Zealand in the 2015 final, slumped to 92-5 before Khawaja and Carey (71) revived the innings with a stand of 107 to give their powerful attack a defendable total on a used pitch proving hard for batsmen.

Their hopes of securing their passage to the last four vanished during a desperate 30-minute spell that saw Ross Taylor (30), Colin de Grandhomme (0) and Tom Latham (14) dismissed for just seven runs.

"I think that partnership between Khawaja and Carey was superb". Steve Waugh had recently called him a "hybrid between Michael Bevan and Michael Hussey".

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