In the 3rd T20 International between Australia and New Zealand, The Aussies emerged victorious after they beat The Kiwis by 64 runs to keep the T20I series alive. Batting first, Australia managed to score a mammoth total of 208/4 in their 20 overs. Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell scored big runs for the Aussies. Finch emerged from his T20 slump and scored 69 from 44 deliveries and on the other hand Glenn Maxwell showed some immense form and struck the ball to perfection. Maxwell scored 70 runs of just 31 deliveries, hitting 8 fours and 5 sixes in his innings. One of his sixes broke a seat in the stands as he smashed 28 runs off a James Neesham over. After a string of low scores, Maxwell hit two huge sixes in the 17th over. One of those two sixes ended up breaking a seat at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The seat which Maxwell destroyed during his astonishing knock against New Zealand will be put up for auction. After the game, Maxwell signed the seat so it can be auctioned off for charity.
Joshua Phillipe, the young wicket keeper also scored a fire power 43 runs off just 27 deliveries, assisting Australia with a solid start.
Jimmy Neesham had a poor day with both the bat and the ball. He went for 60 in his 4 overs spell and also got out for a golden duck. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers from the Kiwi team, as he picked up 2/32 in his four.
Martin Guptill and Devon Conway had some decent starts which they could not convert and score big. Guptill scored 43 off 28 and Conway scored 38 off 27. Ashton Agar produced the best bowling performance in Australia’s Twenty20 international history picking up 6 wickets for 30 runs including three in one over. Riley Meredith who was on his debut, bowled with some serious pace and picked up crucial wickets of Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert. Meredith just conceded 24 runs in his four overs and with Ashton Agar on the other end, the Aussies choked New Zealand to a 64 – run defeat in Wellington. Agar killed hopes of a home victory with six consecutive wickets that took the New Zealanders from 109 for four to 144 for nine.
It would be interesting to see how this T20I series unfolds after Australia emerging victorious in the 3rd T20. There are still two matches to go with New Zealand 2-1 up in the progressing series.