Auckland, Feb 28: Left was right at Eden Park here today as a low-scoring thriller was witnessed between Australia and New Zealand in a World Cup 2015 Pool A match. Three left-handers combined to set a new world record in One Day Internationals.
Trent Boult, the New Zealand left-arm quick produced a brilliant spell of bowling with figures of 5/27 in 10 overs to bundle out Australia for 151 in 32.2 overs.
If this was outstanding, another left-arm paceman, from Australia, Mitchell Starc did better than Boult. He raised Australia's hopes of defending the small total with a magnificent 6/28 in 9 overs. But he ended up on the losing side as New Zealand scraped home by 1 wicket.
Star had four batsmen bowled, including two in two (Adam Milne and Tim Southee). Boult, Starc and Corey Anderson shared 12 wickets between them to set a new world record in ODI history. Anderson took 1/6 in 0.2 overs.
This is the first ever instance when left-arm fast/medium bowlers have combined to take 12 wickets in same match. Added to this, left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori had 2 scalps making it 14 for left-handers out of 19.
The other left-arm fast bowler in this match - Mitchell Johnson had a tough time, going wicketless for 68 in 6 overs (economy rate 11.33).
The previous best was 9 wickets, which has happened 4 times before.
12 wickets from left-arm medium/fast bowlers today
6 - Mitchell Starc (9-0-28-6)
5 - Trent Boult (10-3-27-5)
1 - Corey Anderson (0.2-0-6-1)