Australia in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2021

New Zealand vs Australia - 3rd T20I

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Date & Time: 03 March 2021

New Zealand 144/10

RR: 8.39 | Australia beat New Zealand by 64 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptill c Ashton Agar & b Adam Zampac Ashton Agar & b Adam Zampa432823
Tim Seifert c Marcus Stoinis & b Riley Meredithc Marcus Stoinis & b Riley Meredith4410
Kane Williamson lbw Riley Meredithlbw Riley Meredith9601
Devon Conway c Marcus Stoinis & b Ashton Agarc Marcus Stoinis & b Ashton Agar382751
Glenn Phillips c Kane Richardson & b Ashton Agarc Kane Richardson & b Ashton Agar131001
James Neesham c Matthew Wade (W) & b Ashton Agarc Matthew Wade (W) & b Ashton Agar0100
Mark Chapman c Adam Zampa & b Ashton Agarc Adam Zampa & b Ashton Agar181011
Tim Southee c Glenn Maxwell & b Ashton Agarc Glenn Maxwell & b Ashton Agar5600
Kyle Jamieson lbw Ashton Agarlbw Ashton Agar11920
Ish Sodhi c Kane Richardson & b Kane Richardsonc Kane Richardson & b Kane Richardson1200
Trent Boult not out not out 0000
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 1, w 1, nb 0)
Total 144 (10 Wkts, 17.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
20-1 (Tim Seifert,2), 48-2 (Kane Williamson,4.4), 80-3 (Martin Guptill,8.4), 109-4 (Glenn Phillips,12.1), 109-5 (Devon Conway,12.3), 110-6 (James Neesham,12.5), 116-7 (Tim Southee,14.1), 138-8 (Mark Chapman,16.2), 144-9 (Kyle Jamieson,17), 144-10 (Ish Sodhi,17.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jhye Richardson3 0 34 0 11.33
Riley Meredith4 0 24 2 6.00
Adam Zampa2 0 17 1 8.50
Kane Richardson2.1 0 17 1 8.10
Ashton Agar4 0 30 6 7.50
Marcus Stoinis1 0 6 0 6.00
Glenn Maxwell1 0 15 0 15.00
Matthew Wade 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Finch 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Philippe0 0 0 0 0
Mitchell Marsh0 0 0 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.

Kane Richardson to Ish Sodhi,  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!

Review time! Kyle Jamieson has been adjudged out not sure for LBW or caught but he has decided to review it. 

Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, 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.
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, FOUR! Full and outside off, Kyle Jamieson backs way to power it over extra cover for a boundary.
Ashton Agar to Ish Sodhi, Flatter around off, Sodhi pushes it to the off side for a single.
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, Floated on off, pushed to long on for a single.

Ish Sodhi is the new man in.

Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, 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.
Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, 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.
Jhye Richardson to Mark Chapman, On the pads, Chapman flicks it to deep mid-wicket and keeps the strike. 77 needed off the remaining 4 overs.
Jhye Richardson to Mark Chapman, Slower ball on middle, Mark Chapman comes down the track and hits it over the bowler's head for a couple. 
Jhye Richardson to Mark Chapman, 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.
Jhye Richardson to Kyle Jamieson, Full on middle, Jamieson plays it to long on and gets a single. 
Jhye Richardson to Kyle Jamieson, Excellent! Yorker on off, Jamieson jams it out.
Jhye Richardson to Kyle Jamieson, 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. 
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, On middle, pushed down to long off for a single.
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson. Floated around off, Kyle Jamieson pushes it to covers.
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson,  On middle, pushed to mid on now.
Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, Tossed up on middle, turned to mid-wicket for a single.
Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, 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? 

Ashton Agar to Tim Southee, 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.
Riley Meredith to Tim Southee, Short of good length around middle, Southee pulls it flat to mid-wicket for a single.
Riley Meredith to Mark Chapman, 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.
Riley Meredith to Mark Chapman, Good length delivery around off, Chapman punches it to mid off this time.
Riley Meredith to Tim Southee, Length ball around midlde, turned around the corner for a single.
Riley Meredith to Tim Southee, 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.
Riley Meredith to Tim Southee, Short of good length around off, Southee hops and keeps it out off the back foot.
Ashton Agar to Tim Southee, 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.

Who will walk out to bat now? It is going to be Tim Southee!

Ashton Agar to James Neesham, 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.
Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, On middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.

Mark Chapman walks out to bat now. 

Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, 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.
Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, 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. 

Ashton Agar to Glenn Phillips, 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.
Kane Richardson to Glenn Phillips, Full on off and middle, Philips strokes it to long on and keeps the strike. New Zealand need 100 more off 48 balls. 
Kane Richardson to Glenn Phillips, Full around off, Phillips drives it to the right of long off and gets another brace.
Kane Richardson to Glenn Phillips, Another one on the pads, Phillips this time flicks it away from deep mid-wicket and gets a brace.
Kane Richardson to Devon Conway, On the pads, Conmway turns it to the on side and gets a single now. 
Kane Richardson to Devon Conway, FOUR! Deft touch! Good length delivery around off, Conway runs it down fine towards third man and gets a boundary.