Australia just bulldozes everybody so ruthlessly as witnessed today in super eight match against NZ. NZ rested Bond and Oram in this game and probably extra 60 to 70 runs can be attributed to this.Australia makes team play not individuals like Team India , If one star player is out of form others will cover the team. With Gilchrist early dismissal, Hayden (pic. to left) and Ponting carried the innings to a solid start in this game.Commentators talked about how Hayden was almost dropped but selectors had faith in him and he proved that in this world cup.This match hundred is Tenth ODI Hundred for Hayden.Hayden turning out be dangerous players of ODI with his superb class and consistence.Ponting without being as brutal as Hayden, has better strike rate.Look at Hussey before the world cup he was in good form. But Hussey in this world cup previous to this match scored 4,2,5,9,3. Even this match he was dismissed for not so great score of 37.Watson showed fireworks in the slog overs by accelerating Aussie score to 348.
Its been a long time to see a successful 300 plus chases but NZ looked in control for first 11 overs with a trike rate of 7 runs per over.Once Flemming, Styris and McMillan were out , it looked like 100 is difficult for NZ.Too many single digit scores on the board.I hoped NZ will play strong against AUS to break one sided world cup games streak going on for a while.
Would RSA or SL have given decent run chase than NZ ? Probably yes.
NZ need lots and lots of luck going into semis.