Australia in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2021

New Zealand vs Australia - 2nd T20I

Venue: University Oval, Dunedin

Date & Time: 25 February 2021

Australia 215/8

RR: 10.75 | New Zealand beat Australia by 4 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Matthew Wade c Kane Williamson (C) & b Tim Southeec Kane Williamson (C) & b Tim Southee241531
Aaron Finch c Glenn Phillips & b Ish Sodhic Glenn Phillips & b Ish Sodhi121410
Josh Philippe c Devon Conway & b Mitchell Santnerc Devon Conway & b Mitchell Santner453223
Glenn Maxwell c Ish Sodhi & b Mitchell Santnerc Ish Sodhi & b Mitchell Santner3500
Marcus Stoinis c Tim Southee & b James Neeshamc Tim Southee & b James Neesham783775
Ashton Agar c Devon Conway & b Mitchell Santnerc Devon Conway & b Mitchell Santner0100
Mitchell Marsh c Tim Seifert (W) & b Mitchell Santnerc Tim Seifert (W) & b Mitchell Santner0100
Daniel Sams c Glenn Phillips & b James Neeshamc Glenn Phillips & b James Neesham411524
Jhye Richardson not out not out 4110
Kane Richardson not out not out 0000
Adam Zampa
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 0, w 7, nb 1)
Total 215 (8 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
34-1 (Matthew Wade,3.3), 70-2 (Aaron Finch,8), 87-3 (Glenn Maxwell,10.1), 112-4 (Josh Philippe,12.3), 113-5 (Ashton Agar,12.5), 113-6 (Mitchell Marsh,13), 205-7 (Daniel Sams,19.1), 211-8 (Marcus Stoinis,19.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee4 0 47 1 11.75
Trent Boult4 0 30 0 7.50
Kyle Jamieson4 0 56 0 14.00
Mitchell Santner4 0 31 4 7.75
Ish Sodhi3 0 41 1 13.67
James Neesham1 0 10 2 10.00

That's your lot for the day. We witnessed a thrilling encounter and New Zealand managed to edge out Australia to gain a 2-0 lead. The action now moves to Wellington for the third T20I and it's on 3rd March 2021. Do join us at 1900 local (0600 GMT) for the coverage. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson starts by saying there were flashbacks of the last time (referring to Stoinis' 146 back in the 2016/17 ODI series). Mentions that it was an incredible partnership between Sams and Stoinis. Reckons that it was a pretty strong performance from New Zealand. Adds that on this ground, you are always in the game and they knew the power Australia have in their batting. States that they just wanted to execute their plans. Williamson further says that it was a fantastic atmosphere and it's great to get the result. He terms the knock of Martin Guptill as outstanding and stresses that there were a number of other contributions as well. Admits that it's not an easy thing to defend here and they have a lot of positives to take and build on for the next game.

Australia skipper, Aaron Finch says that they got back into a great position and that partnership between Sams and Stoinis was extraordinary. Calls the batting effort of Stoinis dynamic and praises Sams' effort as well. Feels that Trent Boult bowled a beautiful 18th over which halted their momentum. Mentions that it was a good game of cricket and it would have been nice to be on the winning side. Mentions that they didn't bowl too badly and it was some great batting on display by Guptill and Williamson. Calls it a wonderful place to play cricket and shares that hospitality in this country has been great.

The Player of the Match is Martin Guptill. Says that it's nice to score some runs and is happy with the win. Tells that Stoinis nearly did it against them once and he nearly pulled off this evening as well. Nice to spend some time in the middle, he adds. Shares that it was a good experience playing in front of the crowd and hopes that they enjoyed the contest.

A day to forget for the bowlers! They were taken to the cleaners in this minuscule stadium. Still, a couple of overs bowled at the death by Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson were noteworthy. And just when it appeared that it's impossible for the spinners to succeed here, Mitchell Santner produced a magical spell to pick four wickets in the match, of which, three came in his final over. His efforts kept the Blackcaps on top although they lost the plot afterwards. Anyway, a hard-earned win for them and they will be delighted to survive the onslaught by Sams and Stoinis.

Earlier in the day, Martin Guptill returned to form and scored a fantastic 97. His century stand with Williamson took them towards a big total and Neesham's handy cameo zoomed their score to 219. Eventually, that proved to be 'just' enough to bag a win.

The chase never got going for Australia as they lost wickets at regular intervals. The writing appeared to be on the wall once Santner delivered a 3-wicket over but what we witnessed after that was scintillating. It was a stunning partnership between Sams and Stoinis as they plundered runs at will. Their 92-run stand from 40 balls revived the chase for Australia and brought them on the cusp of victory. But then, Trent Boult bowled a magnificent 18th over, giving away just 6 runs and built some pressure. Still, the touring team was in the game with 15 needed off the final over but James Neesham kept his calm and bowled a splendid over under pressure to defend the total.

Phew! What a thrilling end to the game! Heart-pumping, adrenaline rushing. New Zealand have managed to hang in there, just by the skin of their teeth. A thorough entertaining contest. Truly a high-scoring humdinger. Take a bow, New Zealand. Take a bow, Australia!

19.6
4
James Neesham to Jhye Richardson, FOUR! But that's not enough! Too full and wide outside off, Jhye throws his bat at it and edges it past short third man for a boundary. New Zealand win by 4 runs!
19.5
0
James Neesham to Marcus Stoinis, OUT! It has gone sooooo high... SOUTHEE UNDER IT! The crowd has gone bonkers. Too full and on middle, it's in the slot, Stoinis tries to hammer it over the leg side but ends up skying it behind the bowler. Southee moves across to his left from long on and hangs onto the catch. Neesham has done it. Kane is the new batsman.
19.4
6
James Neesham to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! This one has gone the distance! A low full toss on middle and off, Stoinis shows the power of the Hulk. Latches onto it and dismisses it over wide long on. 9 needed off 2 balls.
19.3
0
James Neesham to Marcus Stoinis, TURNS DOWN THE RUN! A low full toss on off, Stoinis only manages to force it down to long on. 15 needed off 3 balls.

Jhye Richardson is the new batsman in.

19.2
0
James Neesham to Marcus Stoinis, Wide NOT given! The crowd rejoice. Stoinis can't believe it. Full and angling down the leg side, Marcus moves across to flick but misses.
19.1
0
James Neesham to Daniel Sams, OUT! It's a WICKET! Neesham, you lucky chap! The crowd goes bananas. Crucially, it's a dot ball. Full toss on middle, Sams tries to heave it over mid-wicket but finds the fielder near the fence. Glenn Phillips hangs on to the pressure catch. 15 needed off 5 balls. Stoinis is back on strike.

James Neesham to bowl the pressure over. 15 needed off 6 balls. Phew! Going down to the wire.

18.6
1
Tim Southee to Daniel Sams, Too full and on off, Sams keeps it out to covers for one.
18.5
1
Tim Southee to Marcus Stoinis, Slower full toss outside off, Marcus only manages to push it to covers for one.
18.4
6
Tim Southee to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! It's huge! Short in length and on off, Stoinis hangs on the back foot and pulls it thunderously over mid-wicket. Into the top tier. 17 needed off 8 balls.
18.3
4
Tim Southee to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Gets one away! Southee misses his line and delivers a full ball on the pads, Stoinis whips it behind square leg for a boundary. 23 needed off 9 balls.
18.2
1
Tim Southee to Daniel Sams, Another single! Too full and around leg, it's flicked to deep square leg for one.
18.1
1
Tim Southee to Marcus Stoinis, Only a run! Short and wide outside off, Stoinis whacks it to deep point. The crowd is getting involved, this is going down to the wire.
18.1
0
Tim Southee to Marcus Stoinis, Wide! Southee delivers full and wide outside off, the batsman allows it through. Tim is not happy with the call.
17.6
1
Trent Boult to Marcus Stoinis, Just a run as it's pushed down to long on for a run. Brilliant from Boult, execution under pressure was immaculate. Only 6 from the over, 30 needed off 12 balls.
17.5
1
Trent Boult to Daniel Sams, Robbed off a boundary! A low full toss on middle, Sams drills it straight back and it hits the umpire at the other end and deflects to long on. Only a run.
17.4
1
Trent Boult to Marcus Stoinis, Mix-up, safe! Too full in length and on middle, Stoinis eases it down to long on for a run. Sams turns for the single but Marcus ain't interested. The throw is at the bowler's end, i.e. the wrong end.
17.4
0
Trent Boult to Marcus Stoinis, Wide! A length ball down the leg side, Stoinis moves across for the paddle shot but misses.
17.3
0
Trent Boult to Marcus Stoinis, DOT BALL! A low full toss outside off, Stoinis drives it straight to Williamson at extra cover.
17.2
1
Trent Boult to Daniel Sams, Too full in length on middle, Sams clears his front leg and drills it down to long on for a run.
17.1
1
Trent Boult to Marcus Stoinis, On a length and outside off, it's lofted over covers for a run.
16.6
1
Kyle Jamieson to Marcus Stoinis, Full toss on middle, Stoinis eases it through mid on for a run. 17 from the over, runs leaking.
16.5
1
Kyle Jamieson to Daniel Sams, Full on middle, Sams drives it through mid on for a single.
16.4
6
Kyle Jamieson to Daniel Sams, SIX! Hammered! Slower delivery, short and around off, Sams attacks it with all his might and dismisses it behind long leg for a maximum.
16.3
1
Kyle Jamieson to Marcus Stoinis, Short ball on middle, Stoinis pulls it through mid on for a single.
16.2
4
Kyle Jamieson to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Terrific shot! Short delivery on off, Stoinis guides it towards third man for a boundary.
16.1
4
Kyle Jamieson to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Good shot! Length ball on off, Stoinis punches it through point for a boundary.
15.6
6
Tim Southee to Daniel Sams, SIX! Yet another one has gone the distance. 50 stand up in 19 balls. Slower delivery, it's picked early by Sams as he turns and smokes it into the bank at mid-wicket. 45 runs in the last two overs, 53 needed off 24 balls.
15.5
6
Tim Southee to Daniel Sams, SIX! Sams showing off his skills now! Is something special on the cards here for Australia! Full and outside off, Daniel demolishes it over covers.
15.4
2
Tim Southee to Daniel Sams, Shortish and outside off, Sams slaps it past to short third man and sweeper cover stops it. Two taken.
15.3
6
Tim Southee to Daniel Sams, SIX! Sams joining the party and Australia have a little bit of momentum now. It's right in the slot, full and on middle, Sams launches it over the bowler. 150 up!
15.2
1
Tim Southee to Marcus Stoinis, Back of a length delivery outside off, slower in pace, Marcus punches it to covers for one.
15.1
4
Tim Southee to Marcus Stoinis, FOUR! Too full in length around off, Stoinis walks across the stumps and scoops it over short fine leg. Moves to 46 off 20 balls.
14.6
4
Ish Sodhi to Daniel Sams, FOUR! Put away! Sodhi bowls it too full and wide outside off, Sams reaches out and powers it over extra cover. 20 from the over, Australia still into it, 78 needed off 30 balls.
14.5
1
Ish Sodhi to Marcus Stoinis, Nearly holes out! Tossed up ball landing full outside off, Stoinis lofts it over mid off and it doesn't carry to the fielder in the deep.
14.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Marcus Stoinis, Wide! Ish feels the pressure and bowls a full ball way wide outside off, Marcus leaves it.
14.4
6
Ish Sodhi to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! Gone the distance! Sodhi drags it short again, around off, Stoinis brutalizes it over wide long on for a maximum.
14.3
1
Ish Sodhi to Daniel Sams, Short and outside off, Sams punches it to long off for one.
14.2
1
Ish Sodhi to Marcus Stoinis, Floated and full on middle, Marcus forces it down to long on for a run.
14.1
6
Ish Sodhi to Marcus Stoinis, SIX! Smashed! Short in length and on middle, Stoinis hangs on the back foot and pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket.

Ish Sodhi is back on.