'Pulsating one-day cricket'

8:08 am on 1 March 2015

New Zealand's dramatic one-wicket Cricket World Cup win over Australia has had the scribes reaching for the superlatives.

Kane Williamson in action with the match-winning six against Australia at Eden Park

Kane Williamson in action with the match-winning six against Australia at Eden Park Photo: Photosport

Here's a selection of some of the reaction from around the world:

Russell Jackson, The Guardian: "Kane Williamson is an absolute hero. Without flinching, he steps back to Cummins' first delivery and just hammers it over the bowlers' head for a huge six to win the game. What a shot! The crowd go wild. They jump in the air. Mitchell Starc almost cries. Pat Cummins probably will. The Kiwis have won it by a wicket and Eden Park is in raptures. What an epic finish to a crazy, wonderful game of World Cup cricket."

Vic Marks, also in The Guardian: "It was, as they say over here, an 'awesome' game between two fine sides, who nonetheless demonstrated their vulnerability against quality bowling."

Kane Williamson celebrates with Trent Boult.

Kane Williamson celebrates with Trent Boult. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Greg Baum, Sydney Morning Herald: "Between them, Starc and Boult scattered the stumps seven times. The clue was swing, previously thought to be a lost art in this tournament, re-alchemised in secret laboratories on either side of the Tasman. Its importance should not be underestimated. In a tournament in which heavyweight hitting is king, the teams with the best bowling hold the ace."

Nick Hoult, The Daily Telegraph: "If the World Cup was not on fire before this match it is well and truly alive and kicking now after New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket in front of nearly 50,000 fans in Auckland. This was a match of macho Trans-Tasman posturing that produced pulsating one-day cricket and one of the great low scoring games in World Cup history."

Trent Boult celebrates his wicket of Mitchell Starc.

Trent Boult celebrates his wicket of Mitchell Starc. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Andrew McGlashan, Cricinfo: "We are only just nudging into the third week of this World Cup, but New Zealand's campaign has felt as though it has been running in overdrive. Four matches down and four wins in the bag - just. The most outlandish fact, though, is that their last two games, against England and Australia, have accumulated a tick over 100 overs. Fast-forward cricket."

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