hile New Zealand could score just 150/9 in 20 overs, Australia reached 14.4 overs and scored 121/3 before rain stopped the play.
On the target of 151 runs, Santner took one for 29 and Sodhi took one for 21, along with 14 dot balls. They might have hemorrhaged the runs on the venue which hosted the T20 chase world record on Friday.
Australia managed their way to victory of 19 runs against New Zealand according to the Duckworth-Lewis method, as rain stopped the match at Eden Park to the T20 tri-series final.
From 14.4 overs, the visitors scored 121 runs for three wickets when match was stopped. Spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi brought the pep to a stroll of chase on third use of drop-in surface.
But they couldn’t chase what left-handed tweaker Ashton Agar did. He took 3 for 27 to limit the hosts to 150/9 and gave his man-of-the-match performance.
As New Zealand captain forced the pace in 8th over, which was after two balls by Mark Chapman trying to sweep, he deceived Kane Williamson. Next over, Agar took Colin de Grandhomme to a swing to cow corner. Glenn Maxwell was looking forward to grab the catch.
The opening platform of 72 runs was set by David Warner and D’Arcy Short in 9 overs and set Australia on the way to victory after great performance in bowling. When Short mistimed steepler to Chapman at long-on Colin Munro, the Black Caps pounced. They grabbed three wickets for 12 runs in 16 balls. However, he broke the momentum of visitors which was beyond their reach.
Australia shattered the hopes of New Zealand for triumph on regular intervals since they elected to bat. Black Caps had a lot of chances to accelerate with three pairs of wickets. If Ross Taylor had not scored 43 out of 38 balls, whey wouldn’t have left their first gear.
It was the time of Noah’s Ark as they went into the slump two-by-two. Their vessel broke under 47 dot balls by Australia and it was led with 12 by Kane Richardson.
As the sun dipped, so did the hopes for New Zealand to rekindle the batting which led them to 243 last Friday. Within 6 balls, the initial pair fell and fifth and sixth overs straddled. Martin Guptill slapped the ball of Billy Stanlake to Warner to leave 48 for one at mid-off. The first pump of Australian captain felt like he could have separated the solid blocks under Mr. Miyagi.
It was Colin Munro who was next. He hammered Richardson for 6 overs and tried another loft and Agar was at mid-on. If he had a few gold chains and left open a few more buttons, his reactions might have grabbed Stars in Their Eyes.