Australian Captain Aaron Finch silenced his critics by scoring being score 79 not out of 55 deliveries leading Australia to level the series with New Zealand in the fourth T20I match of the five-match series held at Wellington.
After winning the toss, the visitors decided to bat first. In the start, things didn’t work as per plan as the Aussies lost a couple of wickets early into their innings. Maxwell too departed after striking few blows and the Australian innings was heading towards a disaster. The Australian skipper came to the rescue and ensured that a respectable total of 156 runs for the loss of six wickets were put up on the board.
While the Kiwi bowling attack did stop Australia from scoring more runs than what they might have wanted to score. Ish Sodhi scalped three wickets, with Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult taking one and two wickets respectively.
The Aussie bowling line-up proved to be fatal today, as four of the six bowlers scalped at least two wickets. Kane Richardson was the chief destroyer for Australia with three wickets off 19 runs, while Glenn Maxwell scalped two wickets for 11 runs and Adam Zampa gave away 24 runs and grabbed two wickets.
The two teams would meet in Wellington again on March 7 for the final decision of the five-match series.