Australia fought back to stay in the T20I series in New Zealand with a convincing victory in Wellington.
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The series will remain in the New Zealand capital, thanks for some coronavirus-related changes to the series schedule.
New Zealand vs Australia | Fourth T20I | Friday 5 March 2021 | Wellington Regional Stadium| 08:00
To Win Match
After dominant batting displays in the opening two matches, New Zealand’s top order faltered under scoreboard pressure in the first of three matches in Wellington which will round out the five-match T20I
Form-men Martin Guptill and Devon Conway appear to hold the keys to the Black Caps, clinching a historic first T20I series win over Australia.
Jimmy Neesham proved to be the weak bowling link in the third match of this series as he was spanked for 60 runs in his four overs, which may have left New Zealand regretting the decision to pick an extra batsman.
Mark Chapman didn’t bowl any of his left-arm orthodox before his team were ironically torn apart by his effective opposite number Ashton Agar.
Australia should be delighted with the return to form of skipper Aaron Finch, who took charge of the experienced Black Caps attack early and gave his team the impetus to get back into the series.
Agar bounced back from an indifferent start to the series by expertly building pressure on the New Zealand batsmen and claiming an incredible 6/30.
Glenn Maxwell also showed that when he is in a lineup, no match is beyond his team with another T20I special from the Big Show.
Australia need to win the fourth T20I to ensure that the final match over the weekend, is a series decider.
With momentum in their favour, Australia are a dangerous beast.
Written by James Richardson.