26 Feb 2011

Black Caps can't turn emotion into victory at World Cup

12:26 pm on 26 February 2011

The New Zealand cricket team's emotion-charged efforts to upset Australia came to little as the world champions cruised to a seven-wicket win in their World Cup clash in India on Fiday night.

Mitchell Johnson took four for 33 and Shaun Tait three for 35 as New Zealand were bowled out for 206 in 45 overs after Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the toss in overcast conditions in Nagpur.

Australia extended their unbeaten streak in World Cup games to 31 after reaching the target of 207 for victory for three wickets with 16 overs to spare.

Australia's Shane Watson followed his 79 in the opening game against Zimbabwe with another solid 62.

Earlier, New Zealand lost four wickets for seven runs in a familiar top order collapse to be 73 for six but Nathan McCullum led the lower-order fightback with a gritty 52.

The plucky No.8 shared in a 48-run partnership with Jamie How (22) and another 54-run stand with Daniel Vettori (44) to help lift the tally over 200.

Australia's players mingled with the Black Caps on the boundary during the innings break as both teams observed a minute's silence for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

Ponting's men also retained the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.