It was the most anticipated contest between willow and ball. To an extent this was a match between two different philosophies of playing cricket & showing the world which one is better. Aussies have been known to play tough cricket, no matter what. At-least they advocate playing hard and with an astute understanding of the game they have a Never-Give-Up attitude. Due to this, Aussies have achieved every possible grand slam in the world cricket. It’s NZ their counterpart in hosting the 2015 Cricket World Cup who are a new force to reckon with. We all know what happened to England when they lost early wickets while playing against NZ. Rather than saving their pace battery; which is a key to win matches; Brendon came all gun blazing at the England middle order and tail; given England has the tail. Tim Southee blitzkrieg was so devastating, England was all out on 123-10. Not to forget how the Black Caps chased down the total in ultra convincing fashion under 12.5 overs & England pace battery looked worse than just saying “Ordinary Bowling”.
” With the newly empowered New Zealand under the marvelous leadership of Brendon McCullum is gaining momentum, the world was brought to stand still when Australia lost to the newly found juggernauts in a close contest.”
After Aus won the toss and they elected to bat first, Even though past record revealed it was the team chasing who have won more matches. As, It was clear Michael Clark wanted to setup a total & then use his pace artillery to pin down the New Zealand. When AUS scored 51 for 1 in the first six overs; It portrayed Michael Clarke’s move to bat first was a master stroke if not an audacious one. But then, Daniel Vettori had other things in mind. Vettori hit the hand break to decelerate the scoring rate. This was a memorable tactic opted by Brendon to counter AUS upsurge in scoring rate. Knowing, AUS will be taking way too much risks to score against a spinner as compared to a medium pacer. Steve Smith and Shane Watson proved it to every possible measure. It was Boult who took 5 wickets to put Australia on foot before the back foot. But It was the Vettori who setup the stage and changed the tide. The fast bowlers then harvested all the pace and bounce the wicket had to offer. Once Australian middle order was put under humongous pressure it shattered as a glass of milk will when thrown against a hard concrete wall.
But then from the ashes we saw another fight back by Brad Haddin 43. At once it seemed like AUS will be scoring much less than what England scored (123-10) as they were struggling at 106/9. But then Haddin took charge and helped AUS score 28 more runs that of England total (151/10).
Once the Black Caps started the chase, Nobody would have thought that it will go down in the history books as one of the greatest fight backs by the AUS. I thought it will be interesting to see how quickly New Zealand can chase this down. Can they repeat what they did to England in a low scoring game. NZ scored 50 for 1 in 4.3 Overs and everybody saw how Brendon showed his zeal to win the match as quickly as possible. They looked out of control as Brendon smashed every 145+ kmph to every possible corner of the ground.
You may be the fastest bowler of the World but if you don’t use your brain/skills it doesn’t matter how fast you can bowl. Can you take wickets in the crunch time if not then it hardly matters if you are touching 140+ kmph. Starc was a different breed altogether, He didn’t brag about his pace but he definitely used his accurate swinging yorkers to work. He had New Zealand pin down to 146 for 9 when Boult walked in. It was the affirmation of the fact that “Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties” .
Starc yorkers to Miline and Southee were unplayable deliveries, I think even SRT or BCL would have agreed to that. It was great to see how Mitchell Starc was all pumped up and he brought the New Zealand batting to the verge of disintegrating hopelessly.