McClenaghan leads NZ to second victory

New Zealand 142 for 8 (Guptill 39, Elliott 27, Faulkner 2-18) beat Australia 134 for 9 (Khawaja 38, Marsh 24, McClenaghan 3-17) by eight runs
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Mitchell McClenaghan held his nerve to pick up two wickets and concede just three runs in the penultimate over of Australia’s chase © Getty Images

New Zealand’s Midas touch at this World Twenty20 continued in Dharamsala, where they took their tournament record to two wins from two matches with an eight-run victory over Australia. Having spun India out in Nagpur, New Zealand made one change to their side, bringing in the fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan to replace the spinner Nathan McCullum. McClenaghan duly took 3 for 17 and played a significant role in derailing Australia’s innings.

Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat on a dry surface that both captains expected would become slower as the match wore on, and New Zealand’s 142 for 8 proved adequate. They picked up wickets often enough throughout Australia’s innings to prevent Steven Smith’s men from gaining enough momentum, and Australia were left needing 19 off the last over, which was bowled by Corey Anderson.

James Faulkner was at the crease but holed out to deep midwicket from the first delivery. Australia’s finisher was finished, and so were their hopes of winning the match.

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