New Zealand has made it two wins from as many matches as they recorded an eight-run victory against Australia in their 2016 World T20 Super 10 Group Two encounter in Dharamsala, India on Friday.
Having defeated the tournament hosts just a few days earlier the Black Caps continued their assault on capturing their first ever World T20 trophy with a hard fought victory over their trans-tasman rivals at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.
New Zealand who won the coin toss and elected to bat could only manage to post 8 for 142 from their allocated 20 overs.
Opener’s Martin Guptill (39) and Kane Williamson (24) had the Black Caps off to a fast start, before the Australian bowlers, led by quick James Faulkner and part-time spin bowler Glenn Maxwell (who both took two wickets) reigned in their trans-tasman rivals.
However in tough conditions Australia, who were set 143 for victory were unable to reach their mark as they could only manage 9 for 134 from their allocated 20 overs.
Opener Usman Khawaja (38) topped scored for Australia, whilst Black Caps paceman Mitchell McClenaghan produced a devastating spell where he claimed three wickets in three overs and earned man of the match honours.
Australia, who have never won the World T20 will look to get back to winning ways when they face off against Bangladesh in their second game this tournament on Sunday.
New Zealand 8 for 142
Martin Guptill 39 (27)
Grant Elliott 27 (20)
James Faulkner 2 for 18 (three overs)
Australia 9 for 134
Usman Khawaja 38 (27)
Mitch Marsh 24 (23)
Mitchell McClenaghan 3 for 17 (three overs)
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