The exciting series comes to an end with the hosts winning the series decider rather convincingly to take the series 3-2 here in Wellington. With this game, Australia’s brief visit to New Zealand has come to an end and they will return to Australia with a slew of problems.
The final game which was a series decider was expected to be an enthralling contest but Australia went down without any fight and in the end it was too easy for New Zealand with Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips launching rockets to add further misery to Australia’s troubles.
New Zealand needed 143 runs in their 20 overs on a good batting track to seal the series and they did it inside 16 overs with some excellent hitting by Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips. These two batsmen hit 6 maximums and 12 boundaries between them and remained unbeaten till the end to take their team home.
New Zealand had a massive opening partnership of 105 runs between Devon Conway and Martin Guptill and in the process, Martin Guptill launched Adam Zampa’s ball to a massive six that landed on the roof of the stadium.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first but they were off to a poor start. They never had the momentum in their innings with all the Kiwi bowlers bowling tight lines to peg them back at regular intervals. In the end, Australia could only manage 142 in their 20 overs which was at least 30 runs short to challenge the Kiwis.
New Zealand’s veteran opener Martin Guptill was in awful form coming into the series but he ended the series as the highest run scorer with 218 runs.
Australian captain Aaron Finch was back amongst the runs as well as he was the 2nd leading run getter with 197 runs. Having said that, both the teams have a lot of work to do before the marque event in WT20.