The team’s score steadily rose as the duo forged a formidable partnership. The partnership handled the balls of the Aussie spinners with some care. After that, both of them crossed the fifties with sixes and boundaries.
At the end of 20 overs, the team’s score was 142 runs. But Adam Zamba ended the partnership in the 24th over. Daryl Mitchell, who was dismissed in his over, had scored 54 runs. But Tom Latham was in the field for a few overs to compensate for Rachin Ravindra. But before he left, only Rachin was playing as a single pillar. Meanwhile, Rachin completed his century in the 37th over. But Phillips was out on the last ball of the same over.
Following this, James Neesham stepped in and tried to build a partnership. At the end of 40 overs, they scored only 292 runs for the loss of five wickets. They needed 90+ runs in the last ten overs to win the match. But, Rachin got out in the 41st over bowled by Cummins. After this, the batsmen of the New Zealand team accelerated with sixes and fours. As the overs drew nearer, the runs kept decreasing and the wickets kept falling. The Aussies, who had been holding their own till then, began to slip with wide, missing catches and misfielding. Aussies conceded 26 extra runs in this match.
This is one of the reasons why the match was pushed to such a tense finale. James Neesham’s run-out in the last over turned the game in Aussies’ favour. Finally, at the end of 50 overs, New Zealand scored 383 runs for the loss of nine wickets. But to no avail. The only thing left is failure!