Australia level series, set for decider vs NZ

Coming from 0-2, Australia have taken the five-match series to 2-2 against New Zealand after a 50-run win in a low-scoring fourth T20I at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Australia level series, set for decider vs NZ
Australia have won two matches on the trot. ©AFP


Aaron Finch played a captain’s knock, where he smashed Kyle Jamieson for four sixes in the last over of Australia’s innings after electing to bat first. Finch carried the bat making 79* runs off 55 balls with 5 fours and those four sixes.

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No one else had a good time at the crease for the Aussies. Glenn Maxwell hit 18 off 9 runs to get the scoring rate up.

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner bowled an economical spell of 1/16 in four overs to give the hosts the egde until Jamieson got smacked for 26 in the final over.

Australia managed to put 156/6 on board. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers wirh 3/32, while Trent Boult took 2 for 27.

New Zealand had a slow start in pursuit to win series, but cluster of wickets pulled them back. No.9 Jamieson was the top-scorer in an attempt to avenge his bowling performance with 18-ball 30.

That was not enough for the Kiwis as they were bowled out for 106 with seven balls to go.

Kane Richardson bagged 3 for 19 in 2.5 overs. Spinners Maxwell, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa claimed two wickets each.

The series-deciding fifth and final T20I is set for March 7 on the same ground.

Brief scores:

Australia 156/6 in 20 overs (Finch 79*; Sodhi 3/32, Boult 2/27, Santner 1/16)

New Zealand 106/10 in 18.5 overs (Jamieson 30; K Richardson 3/19, Agar 2/11, Maxwell 2/14, Zampa 2/24)

Australia won by 50 runs 

Player of the Match: Aaron Finch

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