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

commentary

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.

17.1
0
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!
16.6
0
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.

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

16.5
4
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, FOUR! Full and outside off, Kyle Jamieson backs way to power it over extra cover for a boundary.
16.4
1
Ashton Agar to Ish Sodhi, Flatter around off, Sodhi pushes it to the off side for a single.
16.3
1
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, Floated on off, pushed to long on for a single.

Ish Sodhi is the new man in.

16.2
0
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.
16.1
6
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.
15.6
1
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.
15.5
2
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. 
15.4
4
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.
15.3
1
Jhye Richardson to Kyle Jamieson, Full on middle, Jamieson plays it to long on and gets a single. 
15.2
0
Jhye Richardson to Kyle Jamieson, Excellent! Yorker on off, Jamieson jams it out.
15.1
4
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. 
14.6
1
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, On middle, pushed down to long off for a single.
14.5
0
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson. Floated around off, Kyle Jamieson pushes it to covers.
14.4
0
Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson,  On middle, pushed to mid on now.
14.3
1
Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, Tossed up on middle, turned to mid-wicket for a single.
14.2
2
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? 

14.1
0
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.
13.6
1
Riley Meredith to Tim Southee, Short of good length around middle, Southee pulls it flat to mid-wicket for a single.
13.5
1
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.
13.4
0
Riley Meredith to Mark Chapman, Good length delivery around off, Chapman punches it to mid off this time.
13.3
1
Riley Meredith to Tim Southee, Length ball around midlde, turned around the corner for a single.
13.2
2
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.
13.1
0
Riley Meredith to Tim Southee, Short of good length around off, Southee hops and keeps it out off the back foot.
12.6
1
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!

12.5
0
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.
12.4
1
Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, On middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.

Mark Chapman walks out to bat now. 

12.3
0
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.
12.2
0
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. 

12.1
0
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.
11.6
1
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. 
11.5
2
Kane Richardson to Glenn Phillips, Full around off, Phillips drives it to the right of long off and gets another brace.
11.4
2
Kane Richardson to Glenn Phillips, Another one on the pads, Phillips this time flicks it away from deep mid-wicket and gets a brace.
11.3
1
Kane Richardson to Devon Conway, On the pads, Conmway turns it to the on side and gets a single now. 
11.2
4
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.
11.1
0
Kane Richardson to Devon Conway, Outside off, Conway cuts it but finds point. 

Kane Richardson returns!

10.6
0
Riley Meredith to Glenn Phillips, 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.

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.

10.5
1
Riley Meredith to Devon Conway, On a length and around off, Conway dabs it to short third man for a single.
10.4
0
Riley Meredith to Devon Conway, A bumper from Riley Meredith, Devon Conway looks to take him on but the ball sails well over his head.
10.3
1
Riley Meredith to Glenn Phillips, 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.
10.2
1
Riley Meredith to Devon Conway, 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.
10.1
0
Riley Meredith to Devon Conway, 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. 

9.6
1
Glenn Maxwell to Devon Conway, On middle, turned to the leg side by Devon for a single.15 from Maxwell's first over.
9.5
1
Glenn Maxwell to Glenn Phillips, Fuller on off, driven to covers for a run.
9.4
6
Glenn Maxwell to Glenn Phillips, 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.
9.3
0
Glenn Maxwell to Glenn Phillips, Fuller and outside off, Glenn Phillips cuts it to point.
9.2
1
Glenn Maxwell to Devon Conway, Fuller on middle, stroked to long on for a single.
9.1
6
Glenn Maxwell to Devon Conway, 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.
8.6
0
Adam Zampa to Glenn Phillips, 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.
8.5
1
Adam Zampa to Devon Conway, Floated around off, Devon drives it to covers for a single.

Glenn Phillips walks out to bat now. 

8.4
0
Adam Zampa to Martin Guptill, 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.
8.3
1
Adam Zampa to Devon Conway, Shorter and outside off from Zampa, Conway goes for the pull but ends up dragging it to long on for a single.
8.2
1
Adam Zampa to Martin Guptill, Flighted around off, Guptill goes on his one knee and then slogs it to wide long on for a single.
8.1
1
Adam Zampa to Devon Conway, Tossed up on leg, a bit quicker too as Conway turns it to the leg side for a single.
7.6
1
Marcus Stoinis to Devon Conway, Good length and around off, Conway pushes it to mid on for a quick single.
7.5
1
Marcus Stoinis to Martin Guptill, Short of good length around middle. Guptill plays the short arm jab towards mid-wicket for a single.
7.4
2
Marcus Stoinis to Martin Guptill,  On a length and on middle, Guptill turns it away to the leg side for a couple again.
7.3
2
Marcus Stoinis to Martin Guptill, 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.
7.2
0
Marcus Stoinis to Martin Guptill, Fuller one around off, Guptill pushes it to point now.
7.1
0
Marcus Stoinis to Martin Guptill, 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.

6.6
4
Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, 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.
6.5
4
Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, 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.
6.4
0
Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, 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.
6.3
0
Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
6.2
4
Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, FOUR! Great shot! Full and wide outside off, Conway leans into the drive and then drives it through covers for a boundary.
6.1
0
Ashton Agar to Devon Conway, Tossed up on off, driven straight to mid off.

Ashton Agar to bowl the first over post the Powerplay!.

5.6
1
Kane Richardson to Devon Conway, On off, Conway taps it to cover-point for a single. NEW ZEALAND ARE 59/2 AT THE END OF THE POWERPLAY!
5.5
1
Kane Richardson to Martin Guptill, Full and on off, Guptill plays it straight down the ground as mid on cuts it off. Just a single taken.
5.4
1
Kane Richardson to Devon Conway, Short of good length outside off, Conway cuts it to point and takes a single on offer.
5.3
1
Kane Richardson to Martin Guptill, Fuller on off, Guptill pushes it to mid-wicket and takes a quick single.
5.2
1
Kane Richardson to Devon Conway, Short of good length outside off, Devon chops it to point for a single.
5.1
1
Kane Richardson to Martin Guptill, Short of good length on middle, pulled away towards mid-wicket for a single.
5.1
0
Kane Richardson to Martin Guptill, WIDE! Length ball down leg, Guptill misses his flick. Wide called.

Kane Richardson is into the attack.

4.6
4
Riley Meredith to Devon Conway, FOUR! Length ball outside off, a hint of width and Conway lofts it over covers to get going with a boundary.
4.5
0
Riley Meredith to Devon Conway, 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.

4.4
0
Riley Meredith to Kane Williamson. OUT! 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.
4.3
0
Riley Meredith to Kane Williamson, Length and around off, Kane tucks it to mid-wicket.
4.2
1
Riley Meredith to Martin Guptill, Fuller and around middle, turned away towards square leg for a single.
4.1
0
Riley Meredith to Martin Guptill, Length and around off, Martin looks to tuck it to the leg side but is beaten get hit on the thigh pad.
3.6
1
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, Yorker on middle, Guptill digs it out to mid-wicket for a single.
3.5
4
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, FOUR! Slapped away! Full toss outside off, Guptill slaps it through covers to fetch another boundary.
3.4
0
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, 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.
3.3
2
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, Full and on the pads, worked away round the corner for a couple.
3.2
6
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, 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.
3.1
1
Jhye Richardson to Kane Williamson, Length and around off, tapped towards third man for a single.
2.6
4
Adam Zampa to Martin Guptill, FOUR! Drilled! Full and around off, Guptill lofts it over and past the bowler. The ball goes to long on for a boundary.
2.5
0
Adam Zampa to Martin Guptill, Beaten! Flatter and outside off, Guptill looks to cut it off the back foot but is beaten on the outside edge.
2.4
1
Adam Zampa to Kane Williamson,  On middle, turned towards the leg side for a single.
2.3
6
Adam Zampa to Kane Williamson, 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.
2.2
1
Adam Zampa to Martin Guptill, Floated on middle, pushed down to the leg side for a single.
2.1
1
Adam Zampa to Kane Williamson, 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!

1.6
0
Riley Meredith to Tim Seifert, 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.
1.5
4
Riley Meredith to Tim Seifert, 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.
1.4
1
Riley Meredith to Martin Guptill, Good length and around middle, pushed to mid on for a single.
1.3
6
Riley Meredith to Martin Guptill, 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.
1.2
0
Riley Meredith to Tim Seifert, 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.
1.1
0
Riley Meredith to Tim Seifert, Length and around off from the debutant, Seifert taps it to covers.

Debutant Riley Meredith is into the action!

0.6
6
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, 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.
0.5
0
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, Good length and angled on off, Guptill stands tall and punches it to covers.
0.4
0
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, Another back of a length ball around off, Guptill taps it to backward point now.
0.3
0
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, Length and around off, Guptill slaps it to covers this time.
0.2
2
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, 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!
0.1
0
Jhye Richardson to Martin Guptill, Richardson starts with a full ball outside off, Guptill taps it to point and looks for a single but is sent back in time.