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With the help of a brilliant century by Travis Head (109 runs in 67 balls), Australia defeated New Zealand by five runs in a thrilling match of the ICC World Cup here on Saturday. The entire Australian team was reduced to 388 runs in 50 overs. In reply, New Zealand scored 383 runs for 9 wickets. For New Zealand, Rachin Ravindra scored 116 runs in 89 balls, while James Neesham scored 58 runs in 39 balls in the last overs to take the team closer to victory. Neesham was run out on the fifth ball of the last over, which snatched the match from the hands of New Zealand. Head, who was out for a long time due to a fracture in his finger, hit 10 fours and seven sixes in his innings of 67 balls. Warner hit 5 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. Both of them made a partnership of 175 runs in 117 balls for the first wicket.

Overall, both teams scored 771 runs in this match, which is the record for the highest score in a match in the World Cup. Earlier this record was in the names of South Africa (428) and Sri Lanka (326).

Both teams scored 754 runs in the match. With this victory, Australia has reached fourth place in the points table with 8 points from 6 matches. However, even after making a big score, Australia had to struggle a lot to win. New Zealand’s 23-year-old left-handed batsman Ravindra scored a brilliant century. He made a partnership of 61 with openers Devon Conway (28) and Daryl Mitchell (54) and 54 with stand-in captain Tom Latham (21). Ravindra completed his second century of this World Cup in 77 balls by hitting a six against Maxwell. He joins the list of batsmen like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Glenn Turner who have scored two centuries in one edition of the World Cup. Australia had performed brilliantly in the last match. This brought a big change in the game.