ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Matches, 2021
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 18 October 2021
RR: 8.02 | Australia beat New Zealand by 3 wickets
That's it from this clash! We have one more day when warm-up games will be played and it will be on 20th October. At 2 pm local (10 am GMT), India will lock horns against Australia and England will face New Zealand. Later at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT), Afghanistan will face West Indies and Pakistan will meet South Africa. Do join us then. Cheers!
New Zealand had a fairly decent game with the ball. They got the early wicket and did not let any of the batters take the game away from them. When a partnership was brewing in the middle overs, Mitchell Santner broke it and got them back in the game. He was the pick of the bowlers as he got 3 wickets from his spell. Trent Boult got 2 wickets but did not complete his spell. Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson got 1 wicket each, but the latter could not execute his plans in the final over and that is when they lost the game. But still, New Zealand would be fairly satisfied with their show and would look to improve further.
Australia did not have the best of starts as they lost David Warner on the first ball. But, Mitchell Marsh and Aaron Finch got some runs at the top of the order to provide them with a good platform. Both the batters fell after getting starts and Steven Smith was joined by Marcus Stoinis in the middle. They kept the scoreboard ticking and got boundaries to make sure that the required rate was under control. But their departure in successive overs was a big blow to the Aussies. Fortunately for them, Ashton Agar and Mitchell Starc got boundaries at the right time to keep them in the hunt. Agar fell in the last over, but Josh Inglis came in and finished things off.
Victory for Australia! Who would have thought they would get over the line after the wicket of Marcus Stoinis? But, they have held their nerves and have won this thriller. Credit to New Zealand too, they pulled things nicely in the middle overs but unfortunately, could not finish things off.
Josh Inglis is the next batter.
Kyle Jamieson (3-0-29-0) will bowl the final over. 13 is the target for Australia.
Tim Southee is back on to bowl the 19th.
James Neesham is back on. He went for 7 in his first over.
Mitchell Starc walks out to bat.
Ashton Agar is the new man in.
Matthew Wade walks out to bat.
Mitchell Santner is back into the attack.
Tim Southee is back on.
Kyle Jamieson comes back to bowl.
Drinks break! Folks, we are in a cracking finish to this game. Australia have wickets in hand but the last couple of overs have pushed the required run rate up a bit. One of these two batters might look to up the ante and that should make for some interesting cricket.
James Neesham comes on now.
Marcus Stoinis is the new man in.
Mitchell Santner is back on. He went for 6 in his first over.
Ish Sodhi comes on now.
Steven Smith is the new man in.
Mitchell Santner comes to bowl now.
Who will bowl from the other end? Kyle Jamieson it is.
Mitchell Marsh walks out to bat.