Australia steamroll New Zealand to consolidate top spot, Mitchell Starc stars again

Aaron Finch

Australia, who beat New Zealand in the 2015 final, have already qualified for the last four out of the 10-team round-robin phase.

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

Finch won the toss and chose to bat first in seemingly ideal, sunny conditions at the "home of cricket".

Their stand was eventually ended by Kane Williamson, who surprisingly bowled seven overs, taking 1-25, and preferring himself to Mitchell Santner (3-0-23-0) and the added Ish Sodhi, who was slightly unlucky in his figures of 6-0-35-0.

They took two brilliant catches to remove Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell but also grassed a crucial opportunity to remove Usman Khawaja early.

Boult, however, made the breakthrough in the fifth over when Finch was plumb lbw to a ball that nipped back. David Warner (16) then was cleaned up by Lockie Ferguson with his first ball of the day to leave Australia struggling early on.

Neesham matched his team-mate's acrobatic grab by diving forward to claim a caught-and-bowled chance from Glenn Maxwell having already dismissed Marcus Stoinis, raising the genuine prospect of Australia being bowled out inside their 50 overs.

A middle-order batting collapse from New Zealand earned Australia an 86-run victory over their neighbours at Lord's in the Cricket World Cup. Thus New Zealand will be extra motivated to win this Trans-Tasman battle. Williamson was dropped twice on his way to 40, but Australia didn't miss their third chance, as a nibble from a Starc delivery was snaffled by Carey.

When Ross Taylor departed for 30, no other batsman offered any real resistance.

"So if it was going to happen at all, yeah, slightly tempting, but at the same time, you don't want to tempt fate", Finch told reporters at the Lord's. Boult also became the first player from his country to bag two hat-tricks in ODI cricket. As Khawaja played the role of the sheet anchor, Carey was happy to play his strokes - living up to his high billing.

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