New Zealand reached 142 for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of their innings against Australia in their World T20 encounter at Dharamsala on Friday.
Over 19: 5 runs and a wicket off the over. NZ 134/6
Over 18: 11 runs off the over. NZ 129/5
Over 17: Big over for the Kiwis. 11 runs off the over, but they also lost the wicket of Ross Taylor. NZ 118/5
16.4 Watson to Taylor
Taylor has gone for it again but straight to Marsh at midwicket! Clever bowling from Watson there, actually, as he held it back just a touch.
Over 16: 8 runs off the over. NZ 107/4
Over 15: 2 runs off the over. NZ 99/4
Over 14: Good over by Mitch Marsh as he conceded only one run and took the wicket of Colin Munro. NZ 97/4
13.6 Marsh to Munro
Top, top class from Marsh - he’s frustrated Munro for an over and an impetuous, angry, ill-advised front-footed pull picks out deep midwicket who clings on.
Over 13: 14 runs off the over. NZ 96/3
Over 12: 3 runs off the over. NZ 82/3
Over 11: 4 runs and a wicket off the over. NZ 79/3
10.2 Maxwell to Anderson
Anderson’s down the pitch, tries to clear long-off but Agar is hovering. He’s skied this miles, and Agar’s in position and takes it comfortably...on his knees, hands in front of his face, as though imploring the ball into his palm.
Over 10: 6 runs off the over. NZ 75/2
Over 9: 4 runs and a wicket off the over. NZ 69/2
8.2 Maxwell to Williamson
Williamson stepped to leg and tried to smash it for six over the top, but miscues a skier to Agar.
Over 8: Good over for Australia as they claim the first wicket. NZ 65/1
7.1 Faulkner to Guptill
Guptil goes on the pull but picks out Maxwell at long-on who runs around the boundary and takes a good, low catch while on the move.
Over 7: 3 runs off the over. NZ 61/0
Over 6: 14 runs off the over. NZ 58/0
Over 5: 9 runs off the over. NZ 44/0
Over 4: 3 runs off the over. NZ 35/0
Over 3: Three sixes in the over for Martin Guptill. NZ 32/0
Over 2: 5 runs off the over. NZ 14/0
Over 1: Good start for New Zealand. 9 runs off the over. NZ 9/0
Rains have been created a nuisance in most matches that have been held at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. The weather will be in focus again as trans-tasmanian rivals Australia and New Zealand get ready for their Super 10 match.
Both teams boast of an array of impact players who are capable of turning a game on its head in the case of a truncated game.
Australia have a problem of plenty, and their final XI could be something of a lottery. It remains to be seen whether the in-form Usman Khawaja can make his into the top order.
Despite defeating India in the opener, Kiwis are also likely to change the winning combination. New Zealand didn’t have a look at the wicket which was under covers because of the rains and had to be content with indoor practice only.
“We will have to see what the conditions are like. The boundaries are small here and even a mishit can go for six. Rains are likely to play a part. In that case, we will not play three spinners and have power-hitters come in,” Ross Taylor said.