Australia has bounced back strongly in the five-match T20 series as they won the third T20 by 64 runs at Westpac Stadium on Wednesday. Aaron Finch would be happy to put some runs under his belt and get out of the bad patch. The skipper gave the side a great start despite Wade falling early in the 2nd over.
Young Phillipe supported the skipper brilliantly as the duo formed an 83-run association for the second wicket before the former fell prey to Ish Sodhi in the 10th over. He got out after making a valuable 27-ball 43. Finch, however, made sure his wicket didn’t affect the run-rate.
Glenn Maxwell, who failed to perform in the final two matches, also produced a brilliant knock with the bat. He exhibited some heart-warming shots at Westpac Stadium. Aaron Finch scored 69 runs off 44 balls, while Maxwell produced a brilliant 31-ball 70. Striking at 225.81, Maxwell hit 8 fours and 5 sixes.
Maxwell eventually got out in the 18th over. New Zealand bowled tightly in the final two overs as Australia put on 208 runs in the first innings. In reply, New Zealand didn’t get off to a great start. The Blackcaps lost both Williamson and Seifert early in the chase. Guptill, however, continued his fine form with the bat. He made sure New Zealand keep up with the required rate. Guptill and Conway kept New Zealand very well placed at 80 for 2 after 8 overs.
Guptill’s wicket in the 9th over proved to be the turning point of the game. Adam Azam accounted for his wicket in the 9th over, leading to a total collapse in the latter half of the innings. Guptill made another significant contribution with 43 off 28 balls. Devon Conway, though, kept them in the hunt before he got out in the 13th over. Conway got out at 38 off 27 balls, and wickets fell like a pack of cards after that. New Zealand, eventually, were bundled out for 144 in 17 overs, handing Australia a 64-run win.