Australia defeated New Zealand by 5 runs in ODI 27 match of the ongoing 2023 World Cup, in Dharamshala on Saturday. Chasing 389, New Zealand began on a strong note, with openers Devon Conway & Will Young showing good shot selection. Both Australia & New Zealand recorded the highest aggregate ever in a World Cup match during their clash in Dharamshala.
Batting first, Australia piled on a mammoth 388 all out, registering its third-highest total in a World Cup match. David Warner’s fifty & Travis Head’s 59-ball ton on World Cup debut set the Aussies up for a record third consecutive 350-plus score. In reply, New Zealand coasted on the back of Rachin Ravindra’s 89-ball 116 before a lower-order charge from Jimmy Neesham took New Zealand closer to the target even as Kiwis fell short by just 5 runs.
Trivia Head was named the player of the match. Head’s 109 proved pivotal as Aus defeated NZ by 5 runs. The match eventually aggregated a whopping 771 runs. The combined aggregate surpassed the previous best of 754 runs from a South Africa’s Sri Lanka clash in Delhi earlier in this edition. Australia & Bangladesh had combined for 714 runs in 2019 – the only other match with a 700-plus aggregate.
Most runs scored in a World Cup match:
- 771* – Australia vs New Zealand, Dharamshala – 2023.
- 754 – South Africans Sri Lanka, Delhi – 2023.
- 714 – Australia vs Bangladesh, Nottingham, 2019.
- 688 – Australians Sri Lanka, Sydney, 2015.
- 682 – England’s Pakistan, Nottingham, 2019.
- 676 – Indians England, Bangaluru, 2011.