|Marcus Stoinis||not out||9||8||1||0|
|Mitchell Marsh||not out||6||6||0||0|
That is it from this game! Australia with this win have kept the series alive for at least another game. It will be interesting to see how New Zealand respond to this loss. Australia will look to carry the momentum of this win in the next game and level the series. The crucial 4th game of this 5-game T20I series will be played on Friday, 5th March. That game begins at 1900 local (0600 GMT). Make sure you join us for that one. Till then, goodbye and take care!
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch says that it is always nice to get among runs and contribute in the win. Praises Maxwell's innings. He mentions that they had a good innings and with the run rate mounting New Zealand took a few risks which helped them. He further says that they are improving with each game and ends by saying that the younger boys are doing great for them.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says that for the large part they were playing the defensive game. He mentions that it was a very good surface but they did not get the start they wanted and they also did not take a few extra risks needed and thus they end on the losing side. He mentions that they are taking it as one of those games in T20 cricket where it did not go their way and he hopes to make a comeback quickly for the rest of the games.
For his fantastic bowling display, Ashton Agar is named the Player of the Match. Ashton Agar says that it is always nice to get wickets. He further says that with 200 runs on the board it helped them. He mentions that the coach asked them to toss the ball up and he did exactly the same. Praises the innings from Maxwell and also is happy to see his skipper among runs.
After being put into bat, Australian skipper Aaron Finch finally got back in his groove. His 69 along with a vital 43 from Josh Philippe set the platform for the tourists. But it was the arrival of the Big Show, Glenn Maxwell which tilted the game completely in the Aussies favor. His 70 off just 31 balls ensured Australia post a huge total in excess of 200. Though the tourists missed out in the final two overs, this time it did not cost them as 208 proved to be a winning total.
A fantastic bowling display from Australia. They looked at it from ball one and the debutant got them off to a fiery start with the ball. His pace and early wickets put the tourists in the driver's seat. He set the tone but the star of the evening with the ball was Ashton Agar as he finished with 6/30, his best figures in T20Is. Jhye Richardson had an off day but the rest of the bowlers did a fair job and ensured the hosts never got ahead of the asking rate.
Chasing 209, New Zealand needed a strong start but that did not happen. Though Guptill got off to a good start, Tim Seifert and skipper, Kane Williamson departed inside the Powerplay. That made the task in hand even more tougher and once Guptill departed it was going to take a herculean effort. That did not happen as barring Guptill only Conway was looking threatening as the rest of the batting could not deliver on the night.
Excellent all-around performance from Australia. First with the bat and then with the ball and this overall showing has ensured the series is well and truly alive. A must-win game and the tourists finally delivered. New Zealand will be disappointed with their effort and their wait for 5th series win of the summer will have to wait.
OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Australia finish a comprehensive win here. Length ball around off, Sodhi looks to go over the fence but can only end up hitting it high into the night sky. Kane Richardson calls for the catch and takes the skier with ease. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 64 RUNS! 144/10
OUT! LBW! Drama, drama and more drama. The umpire raised his finger late there. Length and around middle, Jamieson walks across as he looks to play the scoop. He though misses it as the ball goes off his pads. to fine leg. There goes an appeal and the umpire after thinking for a while raises the finger. Kyle takes the review. The Ultra Edge confirms that there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows Three Reds. Jamieson has to take the long walk back. 144/9
Review time! Kyle Jamieson has been adjudged out not sure for LBW or caught but he has decided to review it.
FOUR! Full and outside off, Kyle Jamieson backs way to power it over extra cover for a boundary.
Flatter around off, Sodhi pushes it to the off side for a single.
Floated on off, pushed to long on for a single.
Ish Sodhi is the new man in.
OUT! CAUGHT! Agar takes a 5-fer. His second in T20Is. Tossed up around off, Chapman goes for the slog once again but this time drags it to mid on where Zampa almost makes a meal of it before diving forward to take the catch.
SIX! Hammered away! It is a lovely swing of the bat! Tossed up around off, Chapman goes for the slog and nails it over deep mid-wicket for a single.
On the pads, Chapman flicks it to deep mid-wicket and keeps the strike. 77 needed off the remaining 4 overs. 132/7
Slower ball on middle, Mark Chapman comes down the track and hits it over the bowler's head for a couple.
FOUR! Loevly shot! Length ball on off and middle, Chapman gets on top of the bounce and drives it over mid on for a boundary.
Full on middle, Jamieson plays it to long on and gets a single.
Excellent! Yorker on off, Jamieson jams it out.
DROPPED AND FOUR! Poor from Finch! He did all the hard work but scuffed the easy part. Full on off, Jamieson goes downtown. He does not time it well. Finch runs to his left, covers all the ground. He gets his hands onto it but it pops out of his hand and goes to the fence.
On middle, pushed down to long off for a single. 120/7
Kyle Jamieson pushes it to covers.
On middle, pushed to mid on now.
Tossed up on middle, turned to mid-wicket for a single.
In the air... Dropped! Oh Riley Meredith what have you done? Nicely tossed up ball around off, Chapman goes for the slog sweep but ends up getting a top-edge on it. The ball lobs to deep square leg. Riley Meredith runs across from there, he puts in a dive but the ball just about manages to evade him. A couple taken in the end. Riley Meredith was a bit late to judge the ball and take off there, else he would have taken the catch there.
Kyle Jamieson walks out to bat now. He is capable of tonking them big but is the task in hand too much?
OUT! CAUGHT! Agar has his 4th wicket! He is on a roll here. Tossed up outside off, Southee looks to go downtown but is no where near the pitch of the ball as he lofts it to long off. Glenn Maxwell there takes a good catch.
Short of good length around middle, Southee pulls it flat to mid-wicket for a single. 116/6
Short of good length outside off, Chapman cuts it uppishly off the outside edge towards third man where the fielder fields it by coming across to his right. A single taken.
Good length delivery around off, Chapman punches it to mid off this time.
Length ball around midlde, turned around the corner for a single.
Pacer takes on another pacer. Southee takes on Meredith. Length ball around off, Southee pulls it off the back foot and gets it towards deep mid-wicket where it drops short of he fielder. A couple taken.
Short of good length around off, Southee hops and keeps it out off the back foot.
On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for a single. A brilliant over from Agar has turned the game on its head. 2 runs and three wickets in the over for him. 111/6
Who will walk out to bat now? It is going to be Tim Southee!
OUT! CAUGHT! Waht an over from Ashton Agar. Three wickets in the over for him. Sharp work from Matthew Wade there. Tossed up ball outside off, Neesham looks to drive it away from the body and through the off side. The ball though spins away a hint to catch the outside edge. Matthew Wade behind the wickets takes a sharp catch.
On middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.
Mark Chapman walks out to bat now.
OUT! CAUGHT! Agar gets the danger man Devon Conway. He strikes twice in three balls. Tossed up around off, Conway goes for the slog sweep but hits it flat and straight to the lone fielder out there in the deep. Marcus Stoinis out there takes the catch near the ropes.
BEATEN! Flatter outside off, Conway goes for the cut but is beaten on the outside edge.
James Neesham replaces Glenn Phillips out in the middle.
OUT! CAUGHT! Agar strikes first ball and Glenn Phillips cannot resist. The mounting run rate pressure consumes him. Tossed up around off, Glenn Phillips gets it from outside off and goes for the slog over mid-wicket. He though cannot get it off the meat of the bat as the ball lobs to long on where Kane Richardson takes a dolly.
Full on off and middle, Philips strokes it to long on and keeps the strike. New Zealand need 100 more off 48 balls. 109/3
Full around off, Phillips drives it to the right of long off and gets another brace.
Another one on the pads, Phillips this time flicks it away from deep mid-wicket and gets a brace.
On the pads, Conmway turns it to the on side and gets a single now.
FOUR! Deft touch! Good length delivery around off, Conway runs it down fine towards third man and gets a boundary.
Outside off, Conway cuts it but finds point.
Kane Richardson returns!
NOT OUT! Wickets missing! The Australians looked excited as the reviewed it but in the end they lose it. Length ball around middle, Glenn looks to clip it to the leg side but is beaten to get hit high on the pads. There is an appeal from Riley Meredith but the umpire does not look interested. Aaron Finch takes the review as the replays roll in. The Ultra Edge comes on and shows that there is not bat involved. Ball Tracker now comes on and it shows that the ball is going over the stumps. Glenn Phillips survives. 99/3
Review time! Australian think they have Glenn Phillips trapped in front but the umpire is not convinced. They have taken it upstairs. Let's see what the replays have to say.
On a length and around off, Conway dabs it to short third man for a single.
A bumper from Riley Meredith, Devon Conway looks to take him on but the ball sails well over his head.
Short of good length around off, Glenn Phillips looks to punch it to the off side but inside edges it to square leg for a single.
Conway put down! Stoinis the man there. Fuller on off, Conway races down the track before chipping it in the air towards covers. Stoinis gets a hand to it but fails to hold onto it. A single taken.
Short and outside off, Conway cuts but hits it to point this time.
Finch bringing back the heat! Riley Meredith is back on! 2/16 in his 2 overs so far for the speedster on his first game.
On middle, turned to the leg side by Devon for a single.15 from Maxwell's first over. 96/3
Fuller on off, driven to covers for a run.
SIX! Clobbered! Fractionally short from Maxwell and Glenn Phillips rocks on the back foot and then dispatches it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
Fuller and outside off, Glenn Phillips cuts it to point.
Fuller on middle, stroked to long on for a single.
SIX! Maxwell gets dispatched! First ball and Conway takes him on. Floated around off, Conway slogs it up and over mid-wicket for a maximum.
Flatter outside off, Glenn looks to cut it through the off side but gets it off the outside edge to point. There is a slight hesitation for the single. In the end, they makes it comfortably. 81/3
Floated around off, Devon drives it to covers for a single.
Glenn Phillips walks out to bat now.
OUT! CAUGHT! Zampa gets his man. Gets the valuable wicket of Guptill. Tossed up ball outside off, it was bowled a bit wider as Guptill looks to hit it over the fence on the off side . He though cannot get it off the middle as the ball goes straight to long off where Aston Agar holds onto the catch.
Shorter and outside off from Zampa, Conway goes for the pull but ends up dragging it to long on for a single.
Flighted around off, Guptill goes on his one knee and then slogs it to wide long on for a single.
Tossed up on leg, a bit quicker too as Conway turns it to the leg side for a single.
Good length and around off, Conway pushes it to mid on for a quick single. 77/2
Short of good length around middle. Guptill plays the short arm jab towards mid-wicket for a single.
On a length and on middle, Guptill turns it away to the leg side for a couple again.
In the air...just short of Maxwell! Full toss around middle, Guptill looks to go downtown but mishits it to mid on. Maxwell there runs behind but cannot get to the ball as it drops short of him. A brace taken.
Fuller one around off, Guptill pushes it to point now.
Off cutter from Stoinis to start as Guptill misses his pull to get hit on the thigh pad. The ball rolls to the off side there.
Marcus Stoinis is into the attack now.
FOUR! Conway takes Agar apart! Another fuller and outside off, Devon lofts it over extra cover for a one bounce into the cover fence for a boundary. 71/2
FOUR! Conway is on the charge! He won't hold back with the kind of form he is in. Full and around off, Devon drives it through cover-point as he gets a boundary.
Beaten! Sliding away from Conway as he looks to sweep it. He misses it as Wade collects the ball and whips the bails off. Conway though was going nowhere.
On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
FOUR! Great shot! Full and wide outside off, Conway leans into the drive and then drives it through covers for a boundary.
Tossed up on off, driven straight to mid off.
Ashton Agar to bowl the first over post the Powerplay!.
On off, Conway taps it to cover-point for a single. NEW ZEALAND ARE 59/2 AT THE END OF THE POWERPLAY! 59/2
Full and on off, Guptill plays it straight down the ground as mid on cuts it off. Just a single taken.
Short of good length outside off, Conway cuts it to point and takes a single on offer.
Fuller on off, Guptill pushes it to mid-wicket and takes a quick single.
Short of good length outside off, Devon chops it to point for a single.
Short of good length on middle, pulled away towards mid-wicket for a single.
WIDE! Length ball down leg, Guptill misses his flick. Wide called.
Kane Richardson is into the attack.
FOUR! Length ball outside off, a hint of width and Conway lofts it over covers to get going with a boundary. 52/2
BEATEN! Length and around off, Conway looks to defends it off the back foot but is beaten on the outside edge.
Devon Conway is the new man in.
! LBW! Williamson departs and Meredith is on fire! He gets his second. Full and sliding on off, Kane looks to flick it to the leg side but is beaten get rapped low on the pads. There is an appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Kane discusses with Guptill then walks back to the hut.
Length and around off, Kane tucks it to mid-wicket.
Fuller and around middle, turned away towards square leg for a single.
Length and around off, Martin looks to tuck it to the leg side but is beaten get hit on the thigh pad.
Yorker on middle, Guptill digs it out to mid-wicket for a single. 47/1
FOUR! Slapped away! Full toss outside off, Guptill slaps it through covers to fetch another boundary.
Inside edge but safe! Slower length ball outside off, Guptill goes for the cut but he ends up getting an inside edge towards the keeper where Matthew Wade collects it on the bounce.
Full and on the pads, worked away round the corner for a couple.
SIX! Up and over all the way! Short and outside off, ,Guptill wafts it up and over deep point for half a dozen this time.
Length and around off, tapped towards third man for a single.
FOUR! Drilled! Full and around off, Guptill lofts it over and past the bowler. The ball goes to long on for a boundary. 33/1
Beaten! Flatter and outside off, Guptill looks to cut it off the back foot but is beaten on the outside edge.
On middle, turned towards the leg side for a single.
SIX! Clean strike! Floated around middle, Kane uses his feet as he gets to the pitch of the ball and then lofts it flat over wide long on for a biggie.
Floated on middle, pushed down to the leg side for a single.
Tossed up on off, pushed to the off side for a single.
Skipper, Kane Williamson walks out at number 3! Also, spin is into the attack as Aaron Finch has decided to call in Adam Zampa!
OUT! CAUGHT! Great comeback from the debutant! He has his maiden T20I wicket in his very first over. Bangs one short and gets it to rear up on Seifert who looks to flick it over the deep mid-wicket fence. He though cannot get it off the middle as the ball lobs towards covers. Stoinis there keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a tubling catch. 20/1
FOUR! Pulled away! Short and around middle, Seifert pulls it over mid-wicket. The ball goes on the bounce to the fence for a boundary.
Good length and around middle, pushed to mid on for a single.
SIX! Bang! Length and around off, Guptill gets under the ball once again and then lofts it up and over long off for a maximum.
Some inward movement. Going down though. Length ball coming in with the angle, Seifert looks to flick it away to the leg side but he misses it. The ball rolls to the off side off his pads. There is an appeal but the umpire is unmoved. A leg bye taken.
Length and around off from the debutant, Seifert taps it to covers.
Debutant Riley Meredith is into the action!
SIX! First six in the first over. What a start! Short and around off, Guptill gets under the ball there as he lofts it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 8/0
Good length and angled on off, Guptill stands tall and punches it to covers.
Another back of a length ball around off, Guptill taps it to backward point now.
Length and around off, Guptill slaps it to covers this time.
Short of good length and outside off, Guptill punches it off the back foot past point for a brace. NEW ZEALAND AND GUPTILL ARE UNDERWAY!
Richardson starts with a full ball outside off, Guptill taps it to point and looks for a single but is sent back in time.