Travis Head’s rapid hundred trumped Rachin Ravindra’s gallant 116 as Australia survived late drama against New Zealand before winning the highest-scoring match in World Cup history by five runs to close in on a semifinal spot on Saturday.
The left-hander missed Australia's first five matches in the tournament with a broken hand that delayed his arrival in India for the showpiece event.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to field in their World Cup game against Australia at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala today.
Five-times champions Australia started this edition with consecutive defeats, by unbeaten hosts India and title contenders South Africa.
A Steve Smith century helped give retiring Australia skipper Aaron Finch a winning send-off Sunday with a 25-run victory in the final one-day international against New Zealand at Cairns.
Top-ranked New Zealand collapsed to 82 all out in the face of scintillating bowling Thursday as Australia won the second one-day international by 113 runs to seal the Chappell-Hadlee series in Cairns
Ross Taylor scores his 18th one-day international century and combines in a 178-run partnership with Tom Latham to lead New Zealand to a three-wicket win over England in the first game of their five-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Martin Guptill underlined his importance to the New Zealand one-day side with a blistering match-winning century as he guided his side to a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in their fourth one-day international in Hamilton on Wednesday.
Australia and New Zealand reconnect in the shortest format in the Super Ten match of ICC World T20 at Dharamsala and the stakes are almost as high as the altitude.