Agar’s record 6-for fires Australia back to winning ways
Australia have bounced back against New Zealand to pull off 64-run victory in the third T20I at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The hosts are still leading the series 2-1.
Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar became the first Australian and fourth overall to take six wickets in a T20 International match. He dismissed Mark Chapman and Kyle Jamieson in the 17th over to end with figures of 6/30, the fifth best figures in T20I history.
Agar picked three in an over in the 13th over, dismissing Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway and James Neesham.
New Zealand were bowled out for 144 runs in 17.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 208/4. Martin Guptill struck 28-ball 43 runs (two fours and three sixes) to keep the scoring rate up. Conway made 38 off 27.
Australia’s debutant pacer Riley Meredith struck early sending back Tim Seifert and Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson inside the powerplay.
Being sent into batting first, Australian captain Aaron Finch finally got amongst the runs as he made 69 runs off 44 balls with the help of 8 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries. Josh Phillipe made 27-ball 43 before ‘the big show’ Glenn Maxwell took the stage.
IPL-millionaire Maxwell smashed 5 fours and 8 sixes in his 31-ball brisk 70 runs, with 28 of them coming in the 17th over bowled by Neesham.
Neesham leaked 60 runs in his four-over spell. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand, taking 2 for 32.
The fourth and fifth T20Is will be played at the same venue on March 5 and 7 respectively.
Australia 208/4 in 20 overs (Maxwell 70, Finch 69, Phillipe 43; Sodhi 2/32)
New Zealand 144/10 in 17.1 overs (Guptill 43, Conway 38; Agar 6/30, Meredith 2/24)
Australia won by 64 runs