Australia defeats the formidable New Zealand at Wellington by 64 runs in the third T20I series to come back from down under. Currently, New Zealand leads the five-game T20I series against Australia 2-1.
Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell showed his power as he bashed the ball left and right to score 70 runs off just 31 deliveries. With eight fours and five sixes, Maxwell had a terrific strike rate of 225.81. After Australia lost their first wicket for six runs, Captain Aaron Finch came to the rescue and scored 69 runs off 44 balls with eight fours and two sixes. This led Australia to put a formidable score of 208 for the loss of four wickets in the 20 overs.
When it was time for the Aussies to bowl, the debutant Riley Meredith got on to a fiery start with the ball. His pace and early wickets put the tourists on the driver’s seat. He set the tone, but the star of the match was Ashton Agar who scalped six wickets and gave away 30 runs in his four-over spell. However, Jhye
Richardson had an off day while the rest of the bowlers did their job.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first, but this decision proved to be fatal for the home team as all the bowlers had an economy rate of more than 8. However, James Neesham suffered a lot in comparison as he conceded 60 runs off his four overs with an economy rate of 15.
Chasing 209 runs needed the Kiwis to have a strong start, but it did not happen. While Martin Guptill got off to a good start, Tim Seifert and Captain Kane Williamson departed during the power play. This made the chasing even harder and once Guptill was sent back to the pavilion, wickets started tumbling and New Zealand ended up losing all their wickets. New Zealand would be disappointed with their performance and would want to bounce back in the fourth T20I.