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October 19, 1987: Australia pull off a thriller in rain shortened game
Saved by the then concept of a reserve day, this match was not only pushed to the next day, but was also shortened into a 30-overs-a-side contest. David Boon anchored Australia's innings with a 96-ball 87 while Dean Jones and Allan Border played good supporting hands around him to get them up to 199 in their 30 overs. The Kiwis' top three - Rutherford, Wright and Martin Crowe - got off to decent starts, but none of them could carry on to play through the chase. None of the other middle-order batsmen could see them through either, falling at regular intervals and eventually falling just three runs short of the target.
October 27, 1987: Marsh hundred paves way for easy Australian win
Not quite living up to the first match's thrill quotient, their second fixture in the 1987 World Cup too for a brief bit had the ingredients of going right down to the wire. Australia batted first again and Geoff Marsh scored a massive 126 in the scheme of things, with a fifty from Dean Jones to help as the rest of the batting crumbled pretty cheaply to end up with 251/8. New Zealand started off well, Martin Snedden got a 32, his other opening partner, John Wright got a 61 and at 173 for three looked in control of the chase. However Allan Border's dibbly-dobblies to get rid of Jeff Crowe with a caught and bowled dismissal triggered a collapse, hence losing their last seven wickets for just 61 runs to hand over a 17-run win.
February 22, 1992: Captain Crowe opens World Cup in style
The opening clash of the first ever World Cup Down Under saw the two arch rivals face off on what was already a very slow surface only bound to get slower as the day went by. It was a Martin Crowe show all through. He won the toss, opted to bat and scored a century as New Zealand got to a strong 248. He then decided to get funky with his captaincy, opening the bowling with his spinner, Dipak Patel to stifle the openers. Although David Boon got to a century as well, none of the other batsmen got past 40, handing the Kiwis their first World Cup win over their neighbours, by 37 runs.
March 11, 1996: Mark Waugh show knocks out Trans-Tasman rivals
Mark Waugh's tournament was only getting better. A quarter-finals clash under lights and the second-highest chase in a World Cup match wasn't enough to rattle the younger Waugh. The Kiwis - opting to bat first - must have thought they had enough when they put up put up 286, thanks primarily to Chris Harris' 124-ball 130 and Lee Germon's 89. But Waugh ruined whatever contest that might've been building up, and did it so effortlessly with a stunning third century of the tournament - the most at that point in time. What was particularly impressive was the partnership with his elder twin, Steve, for the fourth wicket, relying on deft touches and placing balls in gaps, before Stuart Law came in and took them over the line in a canter.
May 20, 1999: Swinging Cardiff leads to Aussie doom
Swing was in the air, Australia were batting and Geoff Allott made the most of it, sending both openers back rather quickly. But Ponting and Lehmann steadied the ship with an 84-run partnership, but Nathan Astle's part-timers got rid of Ponting just when he would've liked to accelerate. Chris Harris and Allott then returned to make quick work of the lower middle-order, with the Aussies finishing for an underwhelming 213. Although the quicks did reduce the Kiwis to 47 for three, Roger Twose and Chris Cairns put further drama to rest, notching up respective fifties and did well to ease the pain - 1996's quarter final had inflicted.
March 11, 2003: Lee betters Bond as Australia show 'streak of invincibility'
The Aussies by now were as invincible as things could get. Nothing's better proof than a game in which despite languishing at 84 for seven at one stage, they ended up winning by 96 runs. Shane Bond put in a spell of dreams, ripping through the top-order to produce a record-breaking spell of six for 23. But Andy Bichel - a number nine - found the perfect time to produce a career-best score of 64, giving Michael Bevan good company as they just about managed to push Australia to respectability and past 200. Brett Lee then took over, putting Bond's spell into the shadows, blowing the Kiwis away with a fifer as they succumbed to a World Cup record lowest score of 112.
April 20, 2007: Matthew Hayden leads one-sided demolition
Unarguably the mother of all one-sided World Cup battles between the Antipodeans, this match was once again a demonstration of the gulf that had developed at this point in time between the Aussies and the rest of the world. A Super Eights clash, Matthew Hayden made his tournament a shade better, scoring his third century even as Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson chipped in with useful half-centuries, giving a final blitz to pummel the total to a whopping 348. It would've needed a miracle to make a contest out of this, and Glenn McGrath and Shaun Tait were having none of it, picking up two apiece in the top-order before Brad Hogg came in to polish off the tail efficiently, resulting in a 215-run thrashing.
Feb 25, 2011: Johnson strikes terror in Kiwi camp
Although going through a slump - but unbeaten nevertheless in a World Cup match since 1999 - the Aussies once again were utterly comprehensive and effective in their performance. They were in with a battery of quicks, Lee, Tait, Johnson, none of whom bowled anything under the 150kph radar. They lived up to their billing and the Kiwi batsmen found themselves tottering at 73 for six. Although Nathan McCullum and Daniel Vettori revived them to 206, it was never going to be - forget enough - competitive. And Shane Watson and Brad Haddin made sure it wasn't, striking respective half-centuries and seeing them home easily with 16 overs to spare.
February 28, 2015: Boult, Starc shine; but Williamson has the last laugh
When you score 151, you don't expect it to be competitive, forget close. Also when one opener in the chase gets off to a 24-ball 50 before lunch, you don't expect to stay much longer at the ground as well. But on this fine morning in Auckland, this turned into an absolute nail-biting thriller, perhaps the match of the tournament. It started with the Aussies opting to bat first and Trent Boult blowing open the top-order as they succumbed to a tame 151. Brendon McCullum then went off on a tirade of boundaries, and by the time he fell in the eighth over, New Zealand were already on 79. But Mitchell Starc and his left-arm toe-crushers found an outlet, as he ripped out six batsmen to leave the hosts nine down with six runs still to get. All this with Kane Williamson watching helplessly from the other end. As he plucked the ninth and the tenth batsmen for blobs off the third and fourth balls of his ninth over, it was down to Boult - the number eleven - once again, and he did well to manage some bat in keeping out the final two deliveries. Williamson had his strike back and killed the mouth-watering contest brewing with one killer blow, a smoked six down the ground.
March 29, 2015: Starc delivers killer blow; Australia lift their fifth World Cup
It was the first five balls the sealed it all. It was no big secret that the Kiwis were over-reliant on the starts given by Brendon McCullum at the top of the innings, and when he advanced down to a Mitchell Starc yorker and then played all around it to get cleaned up, you could sense it was all over. Although Grant Elliot and Ross Taylor had a pretty decent stand in the middle-overs, James Faulkner returned and picked up three wickets (including that of both these batsmen) for just one run to close the lid further as they succumbed to 183. The Aussies - used to such pressures - strolled home to number five, thanks to Warner's 45 and then Smith and Clarke's 100-plus-run stand.
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