Travis Head caused headache for New Zealand in world cup match no. 27 , NZ VS AUS

Travis head Australia’s opening batsman becomes headache for new zealand in their match which is running in Dharamsala where both opening batsman head and warner put on 175 runs in just 19 overs .

Travis Head caused headache for New Zealand in world cup match no. 27 , NZ VS AUS
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Travis Head smashed an incredible century in his first-ever World Cup match, while David Warner’s aggressive 81 runs also contributed to Australia’s massive score of 388 against New Zealand in Dharamsala. The Australian openers batted first and dominated the game, scoring a whopping 175 runs in just 19 overs. New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips, who isn’t a regular bowler, managed to slow down the Australian onslaught with his career-best figures of 3-37, helping New Zealand recover a bit in the middle overs.

However, some strong performances from the Australian lower-order players shifted the momentum back in Australia’s favor, leaving New Zealand with the daunting task of making a record-breaking comeback.

Except for Trent Boult, New Zealand’s bowlers struggled to keep the Australian openers in check during the early overs. They punished every loose ball, with David Warner especially aggressive, hitting two fours off the first over from Matt Henry. Even Lockie Ferguson, who replaced Henry, couldn’t contain Warner, giving away 19 runs in his first over, including two big sixes. Warner reached his fifty in just 28 balls, facing a fierce 154kmph delivery from Ferguson, which he effortlessly sent soaring into the stands.

Travis Head also came out swinging from the start, hitting a four off Boult’s bowling in the very first over. He continued his attacking style, smashing two consecutive sixes off Henry in the second over, putting pressure on the New Zealand team right from the beginning. Despite getting lucky with a couple of chances, Head achieved his fifty in just 25 deliveries, making it one of the fastest fifties in this World Cup. He even survived a scare at 70 and 75, eventually reaching his first-ever World Cup century in just 59 balls, making it the third quickest century of this tournament.

Their attack was so relentless that New Zealand couldn’t prevent a boundary-free over until the 14th, which was bowled by Phillips. Australia reached 150 runs in the 15th over, but the spin duo managed to slow down their scoring, keeping it in the single digits. It was Phillips who made the initial breakthrough, taking a simple return catch when Warner offered it. Despite Head’s efforts against Ravindra’s spin, New Zealand successfully curbed Australia’s momentum over the following 10 overs, with Phillips delivering an impressive spell in the middle overs. He dismissed Head at 109, ending a remarkable comeback innings from the Australian batsman, and later had Steve Smith caught at mid-off in his second-to-last over.

Australia had scored 175 in the first 19 overs but could only manage 55 runs in the next 11. Santner, who had initially conceded over 10 runs per over, made a strong comeback in his final spell, removing an unsettled Mitch Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne within five balls. However, his figures took a hit once again as Glenn Maxwell decided to accelerate in the final overs, hitting two consecutive sixes. This marked the beginning of Australia’s onslaught in the death overs, where they scored 109 runs in the last 11 overs.

Neesham bowled his first over in the death overs and made an immediate impact, dismissing Maxwell (41 off 24) as he attempted a big shot, ending his 51-run partnership with Josh Inglis (38 off 28). Despite this setback, Australia continued their charge, with Inglis and captain Pat Cummins taking charge. Both Henry and Boult faced the brunt of the assault, while Neesham was hit for four sixes in the 48th over. If it weren’t for Boult taking three wickets in the 49th over, including that of Cummins after his entertaining 37 off 14 balls, Australia would have comfortably crossed the 400-run mark.

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