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Twenty20 World Cup: Stunning Martin Guptill catch not enough for Black Caps in warm-up loss to Australia


Black Caps captain Kane Williamson top-scored in his side’s Twenty20 World Cup warm-up win over Australia in Abu Dhabi.

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Black Caps captain Kane Williamson top-scored in his side’s Twenty20 World Cup warm-up win over Australia in Abu Dhabi.

An amazing catch by Martin Guptill, to dismiss David Warner first ball of the innings, wasn’t enough to push the Black Caps to victory over Australia in their Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (NZ time).

Defending 159-7 at Tolerance Oval, New Zealand started in unbelievable style in the field, with Warner, coming off scores of 0 and 2 in his two IPL appearances last month, charging down the track to Tim Southee and getting an outside edge, and Guptill flying high and wide to his left at slip and pulling in a stunning one-handed take.

However, Australia went on to notch a three-wicket win, with one ball to spare, as Josh Inglis (8no off 2) came up trumps with two fours in two balls in the final over, bowled by Kyle Jamieson (1-42 off 3.5).

Mitchell Santner was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers in the match against Australia.

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Mitchell Santner was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers in the match against Australia.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who is yet to debut at international level, came in at No 9 with eight needed from three balls, and promptly flicked his first delivery off the stumps to the fine leg fence, then hoicked his next over short third man which beat Trent Boult to the rope to finish proceedings.

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In a match where each side was allowed to use all their 15 players, the Black Caps were very much in trial mode, with Boult having been impressive in taking 2-13 off three overs but not being handed a fourth over at the death, as Australia needed 25 off the last two overs.

Southee (1-42 off 4) looked like giving the Kiwis plenty to defend in the final over, with Ashton Agar (23 off 18) and Mitchell Starc (13no off 9) only able to force singles, before dropping his last delivery short and Starc swinging it for six leg-side to swing the momentum.

Jamieson’s first ball was then a full toss clubbed through point for four by Starc, and while two balls later he had Agar dig out a yorker to be caught and bowled, Inglis’ double blows did the job.

Earlier, Steve Smith had top-scored with 35 off 30, before a misjudged lap sweep had his stumps rattled by Mitchell Santner, who was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers, with 3-22 off his four overs.

The Black Caps, who beat the Netherlands by six runs in their first warm-up game, play a final warm-up match against England at the same venue on Wednesday night (NZ time), with their first fixture of the tournament then coming the following Wednesday morning against Pakistan in Sharjah.

AT A GLANCE

Black Caps 158-7 (Kane Williamson 37, Daryl Mitchell 33 retired, Jimmy Neesham 31, Martin Guptill 30; Kane Richardson 3-24, Adam Zampa 2-17) lost to Australia 159-7 (Steve Smith 35; Mitchell Santner 3-22, Trent Boult 2-13) by three wickets.



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