Aaron Finch fires again. The Aussie T20I skipper was having a wretched run till recently but finally is back on song in back to back games.
On a slowish pitch helping the spinners where runs were tough to come by , Finch adjusted well to the surface and played an invaluable knock , holding the innings together but not missing any oppurtunity to put away loose deliveries . As wickets fell at regular intervals with other batters struggling to come to terms on a sluggish pitch , Finch found the gaps well with his trade mark drives and onside pulls and using his feet well to spin. He had sporadic support from Wade (14) , Phillipe (13) , Maxwell (18 off 9 balls) and Stoinis (19 off 13 balls) all of whom played tiny cameos as Ish Sodhi (3/32) & Boult (2/27) created inroads into Australian batting . However Finch stayed strong scoring 79 off 55 balls to take Australia to a modest 156/6 in 20 overs .
In reply New Zealand simply could not get going as Agar (2/11) started the slide in powerplay & Maxwell (2/14) took the vital scalp of Williamson , mistiming a sweep to get a leading edge to cover . Kane Richardson (3/19) and Zampa (2/24) kept full control of middle overs as the Kiwis just could not force the pace with their hardhitters like Conway (17) kept in check as wickets continued to fall . Jamieson (30) hit a few lusty blows but at the end it was too much for him to create something sensational as New Zealand folded up for 106 to lose by 50 runs . Finch for his matchwinning knock was the man of the match. Series now interestingly poised at 2-2 which final match on 7th March .
Australia 156/6 ( Finch 79 , Sodhi 3/32)
New Zealand 106 ( Jamieson 30 , Richardson 3/19 )