Six memorable spells

6/32 vs England, at Eden Park, Auckland, 2018.

Overs: 10.4, Maidens: 3, Runs: 32, Wickets: 6, Economy rate: 3.00.

New Zealand hosted their first ever home Day/Night Test back in early 2018. The venue, Eden Park, Auckland. England batted first and well, finished batting before lunch on Day 1.

New Zealand bowled the visitors out for 58 in just 20.4 overs. It was an absolute horror show from the visitors who came off a 4-0 drubbing in the Ashes. Only Craig Overton (33*) and opening batsman, Mark Stoneman (11) reached double figures for the visitors as Trent Boult and Tim Southee ripped through the England batting line-up. England never recovered and New Zealand ended up winning the match by an innings and 49 runs. Kiwi Skipper Kane Williamson only used two bowlers throughout the England innings, i.e., Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Trent Boult (6/32) and Tim Southee (4/25) destroyed the English batting line-up. At one stage England, were on course to being dismissed for the lowest team total ever. England were 9/27 after an hour of play.

When England were 9/27, Southee had figures of 4/14 and Boult had figures of 5/13. Boult dismissed Alastair Cook (5) as Tom Latham caught him in the slips. Then Boult bowled Joe Root (0) with a beautiful inswinger. Dawid Malan (2) edged behind to BJ Watling. Boult bowled the returning Ben Stokes (0) with a clever scrambled seam delivery that jagged and hit the off-stump.  When Tim Southee caught Jonny Bairstow (0) off his own bowling, England were 6/18. Boult then bowled Chris Woakes (0) with an inswinger to pick up his 5th wicket. Henry Nicholls caught James Anderson (1) to give Boult his 6th wicket. It was an outstanding display of swing bowling from Boult and Southee. England collapsed and New Zealand won the Test match and the 2-match Test series, 1-0. This was New Zealand’s first Test series win over England in almost two decades.

 

Overs: 15, Maidens: 8, Runs: 30, Wickets: 6, Economy Rate: 2.00.

After an epic draw at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, the Kiwis were looking to win the final Test and take out the 2-match series. Sri Lanka were 4/100 and needed a solid partnership to establish themselves in the game. Trent Boult (6/30) had other plans as he took his career-best figures.

 

In third over of the 2nd day of the Test, Roshen Silva (21) edged the ball to Tim Southee at third slip. Niroshan Dickwella (4) departed in similar fashion. Sri Lanka lost their last 5 wickets for 4 runs. The last four wickets were lbw. All four batsmen were out for ducks. Boult picked up 6 wickets in just 15 deliveries. New Zealand bowled Sri Lanka out for 104 in 41 overs. New Zealand never looked back from there and they ended up winning the match by 423 runs and took out the 2-match Test series, 1-0.

 

Overs: 10.0, Maidens: 3, Runs: 34, Wickets: 7, Economy Rate: 3.40.

New Zealand posted 325/6 after 50 overs in the second ODI and bowled the West Indies out for 121 in 28 overs. The Kiwis won the match by 204 runs. Trent Boult (7/34) and Lockie Ferguson (3/17) tore the Windies batting line-up apart. In his initial spell, Boult picked up 3/6 off 3 overs. Boult dismissed Evin Lewis (10), Kyle (4) and Shai (23) Hope in his initial spell.

Six memorable spells from Trent Boult

He then came back and dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (2). Lockie Ferguson removed Jason Mohammed (18), West indies captain, Jason Holder (13) and Rovman Powell (0) in 10 deliveries. Ferguson’s pace was too much for the West Indies to handle. Boult then finished the lower order, dismissing Ashley Nurse (27), Sheldon Cottrell (8) and Shannon Gabriel (0) to finish with his career best ODI figures.

New Zealand ended up whitewashing the Windies, 3-0 in the ODI series. The West indies went home after the T20 series, without registering a victory on tour. Boult was the star of the day though, and won the Man of the match award for his brilliant performance.

Six memorable spells from Trent Boult

Overs: 10.0, Maidens: 4, Runs: 21, Wickets: 5, Economy Rate: 2.10.

India already had the series wrapped up before this ODI. India wanted to gain momentum heading into the 2019 World Cup in England. However, Trent Boult and New Zealand had other ideas and bowled India out for just 92 in 30.5 overs. The match lasted 44.4 overs as the Kiwis won their only game of the 5-match ODI series by 8 wickets with 212 balls remaining.

India batted first. Trent Boult dismissed Shikhar Dhawan (13) leg-before-wicket. Then, Trent Boult caught Rohit Sharma (7) and Shubman Gill (9), off his own bowling. All this happened inside 10.2 overs. Colin de Grandhomme (3/26 off 10 overs: 2 maidens) backed up Boult and removed Ajinkya Rahane (0), Ambati Rayudu (0) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1). Boult came back and had Kedar Jadhav (1) plumb in front. Hardik Pandya (16) nicked behind to Latham as Boult picked up his 5th ODI 5-wicket haul. Boult mixed his scrambled seam deliveries with the deliveries that swing with splendid success. It created havoc and India struggled.

Overs: 10.0, Maidens: 3, Runs: 27, Wickets: 5, Economy Rate: 2.70.

An all-time classic between the two Trans-Tasman neighbours. New Zealand dismissed Australia for 151 in 32.2 overs. Trent Boult sparked the collapse as Australia went from 1/80 after 13 overs to being dismissed for 152 in 32.2 overs. The Aussies lost their last 9 wickets for just 71 runs. Boult was swinging the ball at around 140km/h and the 40,053 fans at Eden Park were cheering him on. The crowd were giving it to the Aussie players, and the atmosphere was awesome at Eden Park.

Kiwi captain, Brendon McCullum sensed Boult was on top of his game and set the fields suited to Boult’s style of bowling. Boult bowled both Glenn Maxwell (1) and Mitchell Marsh (0) with fuller deliveries that swung a bit. Both batsmen chopped the ball back onto the stumps. Aussie captain, Michael Clarke (12) sliced the ball, while playing on the up, to Kane Williamson who was fielding at short cover. Mitchell Johnson (1) fell for the same trap that dismissed Michael Clarke. Mitchell

Starc was Boult’s 5th victim as Boult bowled a delivery that swung away and knocked the middle stump over, flat on the ground. Starc tried to flick the ball away on the leg-side but missed the ball. Boult’s bowled yorkers that just missed the stumps by a few millimetres. He was so difficult to play. The fact he went under 3 an over shows how well he went that day. For his performance, he won the man of the match.

New Zealand won a thriller by just 1 wicket with 161 balls remaining. From the start of 2015 to this game, Trent Boult’s ODI bowling average came down by 17 runs. He was brilliant throughout the World Cup as the Kiwis finished as runners-up, while Australia won their 5th World Cup crown. Boult finished level with Mitchell Starc as the tournament’s highest wicket-taker. He was one reason why the Blackcaps reached their maiden World Cup final. Six memorable spells from Trent Boult

Overs: 10, Maidens: 1, Runs: 33, Wickets: 6, Economy Rate: 3.30.

New Zealand were whitewashed 3-0 in Australia during the 2016-17 Chappell-Hadlee Series. However, they ended up winning the return series in New Zealand, 2-0. Trent Boult backed up Ross Taylor’s brilliant 16th ODI century with a brilliant spell of swing bowling. New Zealand sealed the 3rd ODI in Seddon Park in Hamilton by 24 runs. The Blackcaps finished on 281/9 after 50 overs. New Zealand bowled Australia out for 257 in 47 overs.

Boult bowled Peter Handscomb (0) and then came back to get rid of the dangerous-looking, Travis Head (53). Dean Brownlie took the catch to remove Travis Head. Boult picked up 5 of the last 6 wickets. Aaron Finch’s side lost their last 6 wickets for 84 runs in 89 balls. Ross Taylor caught James Faulkner (0). Mitchell Santner caught Pat Cummins (27), while Ross Taylor caught Adam Zampa (1) to give Boult his 3rd 5 wicket-haul. Trent Boult bowled Josh Hazlewood (4) and with Hazlewood’s wicket, he picked up his 6th wicket for the game. He helped New Zealand seal the ODI series, 2-0 and received the Man of the Match Award for his excellent bowling figures.

 

 

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Six memorable spells from Trent Boult

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