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Starc strikes as Kiwis submit



Trent Boult’s hat-trick proved in vain for New Zealand as Australia beat their Oceania rivals by 86 runs in Saturday’s group match of the Cricket World Cup at Lord’s to remain top of the points table.

Boult finished with 4-51 but Usman Khawaja (88) and Alex Carey (71) forged a century-plus stand to help Australia post a competitive 243-9.

With the feat, the Kiwi pacer became the first New Zealand player to take two hat-tricks in ODI format. It was overall the 11th hat trick in a World Cup tournament, and the second this year, only after Mohammed Shami, who took a hat-trick against Afghanistan last week.

Chasing 244 for victory, New Zealand were all out for 157 in the 44th over, with skipper Kane Williamson top scoring for them with 40.

Mitchell Starc (5-26) was the pick of the Australian bowlers in a one-sided rematch of the 2015 World Cup final.

Electing to bat, Australia had slumped to 92-5 in the 22nd over when Khawaja, who was dropped in the slip before he could open his account, and Carey (71) combined to arrest the slide.

Lockie Ferguson and fellow quick Jimmy Neesham claimed two wickets apiece after Boult had dismissed Aaron Finch to draw first blood.

Table-toppers Australia have already secured a place in the semi-finals with 12 points, one ahead of New Zealand, from seven games.

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