19 Mar 2016

Black Caps edge out Australia

11:15 am on 19 March 2016

New Zealand's cricketers have edged out Australia by eight runs to make it two wins from two matches at the Twenty20 world cup in India.

Batting first after skipper Kane Williamson won the toss New Zealand made 142-8 with a quick-fire 39 from opener Martin Guptill, who powered his team to 0-58 after six overs.

Australia's response was initially convincing, especially when Usman Khawaja was at the crease.

But momentum shifted in a collapse 22-4 and they finished 134-9.

Pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan was named man of the match.

Pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan was named man of the match. Photo: Photosport

Left-arm paceman Mitchell McClenaghan grabbed three wickets but Australia's middle order was spun out by Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner.

Santner, man of the match in New Zealand's tournament-opening win over title favourites India, again turned the tide.

Australian captain Steve Smith was stumped, bamboozled by a beautiful ball from Santner that turned sharply.

The left-armer then removed David Warner, who gave Guptill a regulation catch at deep mid-wicket.

Legspinner Sodhi finished with figures of 1-14 from his four overs.

The highlight of Guptill's knock was three sixes off left arm spinner Ashton Agar's solitary over.

New Zealand are now at the top of their group with two wins from two games and play Pakistan in their next match on Tuesday.

See how the match unfolded here:

The result leaves Australia with a mountain of work to do if they're to reach the semi-finals of a tournament they have never won.

Australia play Bangladesh next.

White Ferns captain Susie Bates leads her side out against Ireland.

White Ferns captain Susie Bates leads her side out against Ireland. Photo: ICC/Getty Images

Meanwhile the New Zealand women's team has beaten Ireland by 93 runs in Mohali.

New Zealand made 177-3 with captain Susie Bates top scoring with 88.

In reply Ireland could only muster 84-5.

-RNZ/AAP