Guptill heroics seal series for New Zealand
New Zealand have comfortably won the deciding fifth T20I to take series 3-2 against Australia at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
The hosts were set a target of 143 to win on a sluggish track. Devon Conway was promoted to open the innings with Martin Guptill which worked well for New Zealand. The pair added 106 runs in 11.5 overs to propel the home side to a seven-wicket win.
Glenn Phillips played a cameo 16-ball unbeaten 34 runs, hitting Adam Zampa for two sixes in the 16th over to end the game.
Guptill brought up his second fifty in the five-match series, scoring 71 off 46 with 7 fours and 4 sixes, including one that hit the roof off Zampa’s bowling who had a spell (0/43 in 2.3 overs) to forget.
Conway made 36 off 28 on his first T20I innings as an opener.
Aussie quick bowler Riley Meredith took two wickets of Conway and skipper Kane Williamson on consecutive balls in the 12th over.
Australia, coming into the match with back-to-back wins, managed 142/8 after winning the toss. Despite the early wicket of Josh Phillipe (2), captain Aaron Finch kept his side ahead with Matthew Wade in a 68-run stand.
Wade top-scored with 44 off 29 while Finch made 32-ball 36. There was no real contribution other than Marcus Stoinis’ run-a-ball 26.
Ish Sodhi, the player of the series for taking 13 wickets, scalped 3 for 24 in this match. Trent Boult and Tim Southee took two each. Part-time left-arm spinner Mark Chapman bowled two overs for nine runs that had a wicket of Glenn Maxwell (1).
Australia 142/8 in 20 overs (Wade 44, Finch 36; Sodhi 3/24, Boult 2/26)
New Zealand 143/3 in 15.3 overs (Guptill 71, Conway 36, Phillips 34*; Meredith 2/39)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Player of the Match: Martin Guptill
Player of the Series: Ish Sodhi