Eden Park, Auckland Feb 21: Australians finished off the tri series in flying colours by winning against New Zealand by 19 runs(DLS method due to rain). Let’s not blame the rain for spoiling the New Zealand party, it was Australia who were marvelous and outstanding in the field throughout the series. New Zealand after winning the toss, elected to bat. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill started off really very well, they were all set for a gigantic total. However, when Guptill got out in 5th over followed by Munro in sixth over, New Zealand never seemed like getting that set momentum again, especially when Ashton Agar took two crucial wickets of Kane Williamson and Mark Chapman in eight over. Post that wickets started falling off in quick succession. Towards the end Ross Taylor played a sheet anchor role by scoring 43 off 38 balls to help New Zealand reach a decent total of 150, however it was too less than what was expected. From Australian bowling, Ashton Agar was the pick of the bowler.
Australia started off their chase very smoothly with D Arcy Short reaching 50 in just 30 balls. Just after the dismissal of D Arcy Short, rain interrupted the play. When the game resumed after rain, New Zealand created an array of hope by picking two back to back wickets of Warner and Ashton Agar in consecutive overs, but after that Glen Maxwell and Aaron Finch ensured that they reach close to the target and way beyond the required DLS score. When rain came down again in 15th over Australia was 121/3 in 14.4 overs and due to heavy spells of rain match did nor resume again, thereby letting Australia win by 19 runs as per DLS score.
Aston Agar got Man of the Match for his figure of 4/27 and Glen Maxwell got Man of the series for superb batting performance. Before this series, Australia was at no.7 spot in ICC T20 ranking and now after winning this series they are at No.2 just decimal points behind Pakistan.