NZ quick to bury T20 debacle as England loom

Lester Mason
February 18, 2018

Table: Most sixes in a T20 InternationalHighest successful run-chases in T20Is.

New Zealand had scored 243 for six in their 20 overs after Martin Guptill (105) and Colin Munro (76) had produced a blistering 132-run opening partnership in 10.4 overs.

With the Black Caps hurtling towards a massive total, Australia did everything in their power to try and break the stand. Munro reached his half-century two balls later and also with a six off Short.

The 31-year-old overtook retired compatriot Brendon McCullum as the highest T20 scorer with 2,188 runs.

Playing their first 20-over game at Eden Park almost 13 years to the date of the inaugural T20I between the trans-Tasman rivals, Australia chased down New Zealand's 243 for six in an epic encounter with five wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

He is the second victor in the Tui Catch a Million promotion, after the first $50K catch was taken last month in the match between New Zealand and Pakistan in Dunedin.

Australia made a flying start in reply, with openers David Warner and Darcy Short racing to 51 without loss after four overs. He scored 76 runs off 44 balls.

The next tie, a virtual shootout between New Zealand and England for the final spot, will be played on February 18.

Boult, Sodhi, Southee and De Grandhomme claimed one wicket each.

McMillan said criticism of the ground was unwarranted as it had been the scene of numerous more orthodox scores in recent matches.

The hosts gained some form in the previous match, with both batsmen and bowlers doing well in a close game against England.

Although Lynn hasn't been as explosive as Maxwell in the series, his presence at No.3 and his ability to strike right from ball one can be an asset for Australia.

But captain Kane Williamson refused to be too critical of his attack after a run-feast that featured 32 sixes over both innings. "Hamilton will be a different surface". When we look back at the first innings, they were 67 for 0 off the Powerplay and it was good to bring it back slightly... we knew we couldn't err on the wrong side on a ground like this.

Talking to worldwide media, Grimstone revealed: "“It all happened in a blur; I saw it and I thought, I'm a chance here and then popped out my hand". 240 might not be enough in the final!

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