Kiwi bowlers tame Aussies in Dharamsala


New Zealand's bowlers again put in a tremendous performance at the World T20 as the Kiwis beat Australia by eight runs in a game that went down to the last over in Dharamsala.

After defending a low total of 126 against India in their opening game, the Black Caps this time restricted the Aussies to 134 for nine defending a target of 143.

Australia opener Usman Khawaja, who selected for thus game ahead of Aaron Finch, put the New Zealand bowlers under pressure early on scoring 38 from 27 balls.

The Kiwis fought back though and always picked up wickets at crucial junctures in the game with left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan starring.

McClenaghan got the scalps of Shane Watson (13), Mitch Marsh (24) and Ashton Agar (9) to peg back the Aussies who did not seem to know how to play on the slow wicket.

New Zealand innings of 142 for eight saw almost all the batsmen chip in with some sort of contribution with opener Martin Guptill top-scoring with 39 from 27 balls.

Captain Kane Williamson contributed 24 while number three Colin Munro made a patient 23 off 26 balls in trying to get to grips with a slow pitch.

The Black Caps' innings though was given a late boost by Grant Elliott who hit a vital 27 from 20 balls as the Kiwis posted a competitive total.

New Zealand are now top of Group two with two wins from two while Australia's will look to bounce back from their first defeat against Bangladesh on Monday.