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Cricket World Cup: Australia showing title credentials

Australia further highlighted their Cricket World Cup title credentials with an impressive five-run victory against rivals New Zealand in Dharamsala.

The Blacks Caps put in a spirited performance but it was the Aussies who held their nerve to extend their winning streak to four at this major tournament.

Head and Warner impress

Posting an impressive total of 388 from 49.2 overs, Australia looked strong with bat in hand, especially with Travis Head and David Warner.

Head was ruthless on the day, striking 109 runs from just 67 deliveries, while Warner also contributed 81 runs to the Australian cause from 65 balls.

New Zealand had their opportunities to prevent Head from reaching his century and will be disappointed with uncharacteristic errors in the field.

Head was dropped on 70 and 75 but managed to come through that nervy spell to claim his century.

New Zealand made Aussies sweat

The Black Caps set about their task admirably as they looked to chase down the sizeable Aussie total.

Had they done it, it would have been a World Cup record chase and the Kiwis found themselves needing 19 runs off the final over.

New Zealand got themselves in that position thanks largely to the work of Rachin Ravindra.

The 23-year-old produced his own sensational innings to get to 116 before he was caught by Marnus Labuschagne off the bowling of Aussie skipper Pat Cummins.

New Zealand came agonisingly close to pulling off a famous win but James Neesham was run out for 58 off the penultimate ball of the final over.

Lockie Ferguson needed a six from the final ball for an incredible win but failed to connect and Australia were the ones celebrating the win, as well as earning bragging rights over their rivals.

Cummins delighted with victory

Speaking about the victory in Dharamsala, skipper Cummins was full of praise for New Zealand and his own players for getting the job done.

"That was awesome. A fantastic game, they kept coming at us,” Cummins said. "That was a good wicket. In patches we bowled really well, sometimes we gave too much width away. Some really good partnerships, it was tough to get into them.

"We'll enjoy this one and get stuck in on the back end."

Cummins will know his side have plenty to work on going forward, especially as they struggled with ball on hand.

Adam Zampa had the best bowling figures for Australia, managing three wickets for 74 runs.

On the flip side of that, Australia were very impressive in the batting department and their 20 sixes in their innings really put New Zealand on the back foot.

Australia return next weekend as they face another rival England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The Aussies are 1.53 to beat England, who themselves are 2.50 for the victory.

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