Three Memorable Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Showdown | Cricket news

DUBAI: Australia and New Zealand meet on Sunday in the Twenty20 World Cup final in Dubai.
Here’s a look at three memorable cricket clashes between the two neighbors:
For almost 30 years, New Zealand was simply ignored by Australia, which did not consider them worthy opponents.
That changed in the 1970s and most specifically in 1974, when New Zealand, where star batsman Glenn Turner made a hundred in each innings, recorded their first Test win over Australia with a five-wicket win at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park.
It is not certain that the line will evoke many memories, but the word ‘forearm’ will certainly do so.
What could have been a forgettable third final in the one-day series produced one of the most controversial finishes of all time, as New Zealand needed six to equalize the final ball, Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed younger brother Trevor to to play the role of ball under the arms along the ground.
Angry New Zealand Thai Brian McKechnie, who was on strike, threw his bat away in disgust, and Greg Chappell’s decision generated a stream of criticism.
New Zealand’s then-Prime Minister Robert Muldoon said the delivery was “an act of genuine cowardice and I consider it appropriate that the Australian team was wearing yellow”.
Meanwhile, former Australian captain Ian Chappell, Greg and Ian’s older brother said, “Fair dinkum, Greg. How much pride do you sacrifice to win $ 35,000?”
The 2015 World Cup pool clash at Eden Park was one of the best matches in the history of the event.
It looked like New Zealand had almost won the match after beating Australia for just 151, with left-arm tempo Trent Boult taking five for 27.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum then launched the Black Caps’ answer with a typically handsome 50.
But Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc shook New Zealand with an excellent pull of six for 28 and was on a hat-trick as the Black Caps lost their ninth wicket only to last man Boult to survive the next two balls.
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson (45 not out) won the match as he ran the first ball in the next over, from Pat Cummins, for six.
The two teams were to meet again in the final in Melbourne, but the performance turned into a non-event.
New Zealand were ruled out for just 183, with Australia reaching their goal in the 34th against the loss of three wickets.


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