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Finch (69) & Phillipe (43) provides strong foundation as Australia start well.
Maxwell hammers 70 off 31 as Australia score 208/4 in 20 overs .
Guptill (43) look dangerous as New Zealand begins their reply.
Debutant Meredith strikes crucial blows as the home side struggle .
Agar 6/30 rapidly ends New Zealand innings as Aussies register big win to keep series alive
Skipper Finch , Maxwell and Ashton Agar rise to the occasion as Australia crush New Zealand by 64 runs to keep the five match series alive at 1-2
Starting the 3rd T20I 0-2 down in the series , Australia nearly lost their skipper off the first ball when Tim Southee swung a delivery in to hit Finch on the pads . The Kiwis took DRS to reverse the umpires decision but replays showed umpires call !! Finch survived, only just !!
However that was the little luck he needed . Soon the shots began to flow in the V as Finch is known for . Glorious drives through the covers , lofted shots over the bowlers head followed as it was vintage Finch at Wellington today . Wade’s early exit , caught in slips off Boult outswinger , did not affect Australia’s progress as Josh Phillipe again showed why he is rated so highly , hitting sumptuous strokes all round the park in his 43 off 27 balls . Finch finally fell after a brilliant 69 off 44 balls , an innings that will provide him lots of relief after a series of low scores .
The latter half of Australian innings was taken care by Glenn Maxwell who looked at his menacing best smashing the bowling with brutal reverse sweeps and pulls over midwicket as the ball was travelling to all parts of the ground . Maxwell hit 5 sixes in his dazzling 70 off 31 balls as Australia finally managed 208 /4 in 20 overs. For the Kiwis , Ish Sodhi (2/32) was the most successful bowler amidst the carnage .
The Kiwis lost Seifert and Williamson cheaply as debutant Ryle Meredith looked quick and knocked over the top order . His ball to Williamson(9) came in rapidly to strike him plumb which jolted the Kiwis badly from which they never recovered though Guptill (43 off 28 balls) carried on his good form with cavalier hitting as the home side were going at around 10 an over during his presence. Once Zampa got him caught in the deep , the Kiwis came under pressure and lost their last hope lefthander Devon Conway, (38 off 27 balls) who again was striking the ball nicely during his stay, to Ashton Agar , caught in the deep. Two quick wickets in the same over of Phillips (13) and Neesham (0) effectively sealed New Zealand’s fate as Agar went on to take 6/30 to get the match of the match while New Zealand folded up for 144 in 18th over to lose by 64 runs .
Australia 208/4 ( Finch 69, Phillipe 43, Maxwell 70 , Sodhi 2/32)
New Zealand 144 ( Guptill 43 , Agar 6/30, Meredith 2/24)