Match Over - Australia won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: New Zealand, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 16 Feb 2018, 08:00 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: DJM Short


  • Umpire1: P Wilson
  • Umpire2: SB Haig
  • Third Umpire: WR Knights



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

New Zealand



Overs: 18.5 / 20.0


Australia win by five wickets with the highest T20 chase in history. What an extraordinary match, even with the short boundaries. That winning six was the 32nd of the match and equals the most in a single game. Phew, I need to catch by breath! And, amid all this, the result means England are still alive in the tri-series. They played New Zealand at Hamilton on Sunday. In a match of 488 runs, did the way Australia finished with the ball win that?

Satish kumar: "This match was more like highlights of that Johannesburg match b/w Aus and SAF"

Jigar: "Finch is a silent contributor of this Aus team. his score of 36* of 14 ball is a clear difference between two team. While NZ middle order failed to accelerate Finch doing it without any fuzz. He can be long term no. 4 for Aus in ODI too."

Peter: "32 sixes in 39 overs..... I guess that is what the T20 crowds want, and hopefully there's not the thinking to make this the norm rather than the exception. But you never know what money can deliver."

Burli: "Can someone crunch the numbers for what extent England need to be New Zealand by on Sunday to get through to the final?" Being worked on now

Man of the match is D'Arcy Short. "Great run chase by the boys. We knew we had the firepower to do it."

Kane Williamson. "It was a very good surface, small ground. We've sometimes seen scores on the lower side here. At the halfway point you feel you have a fairly good score on the board. It's a very tough one, Australia played very nicely. Hard to be too critical of the bowlers. Half hits would go 20 rows back. Any time Mitch plays he's outstanding, you want to have him but injuries happen. All the bowlers will feel it today, tough to swallow, but we need to bounce back. Hamilton will be a different surface."

David Warner "Fantastic effort from the guys, you just have to take the scoreboard out of it. We brought it back slightly [with the ball], a fantastic knock by New Zealand as well. I said from day one to have a lot of energy, keep a smile on your face. Was a fantastic surface. 240 might not be enough in the final! We'll need to think about it. Early wickets are the key."

Well, what an evening that was. I'll wrap things up there. There'll be more reaction on the site over the next few hours. But for now, from Alan and Gnasher, it's goodbye and see you on Sunday.

18.5C de Grandhomme to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, that's the match! Finished, aptly, with another six...a full toss is drilled way back into the crowd at long-on.
18.4C de Grandhomme to AT Carey, 1 run, full, wide outside off, carved over point to the sweeper.
18.3C de Grandhomme to MP Stoinis, OUT, 1 run, steers a full delivery through point, as he made it back for the second? No, he hasn't! A few inches short. Seifert did well to gather the ball and get it back to the stumps.

Karthik K: "I remember reading an article in Cricinfo regarding how to build a T20 team, looks like AUS selectors hv read that, packed top 7 with 4 power hitters and with couple of accumulators (openers) and an allrounder (Stoinis) and 4 bowlers who cn hit some runs at the end." Here's that piece by Jarrod Kimber

18.2C de Grandhomme to AJ Finch, 1 run, goes full, driven in the air into the leg side, lands between long-on and deep midwicket.
18.2C de Grandhomme to AJ Finch, WIDE, 1 run, a slower short ball, allows it to loop through to the keeper and gets the wide call.
18.1C de Grandhomme to MP Stoinis, 1 run, full, wide outside off, driven to deep cover.
End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 234/4 after 108 balls.
AJ Finch 29 (12b 3x4 2x6 ) TG Southee 4-0-48-1
MP Stoinis 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 15 runs this over. 217/4 after 100 balls.
DJM Short 76 (44b 8x4 3x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-32-1
AJ Finch 14 (7b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Wheeler takes his cap, the New Zealanders are looking pretty shellshocked at the moment. Well, Boult is going to bowl. Williamson gambling. Free hit to come

Those two balls could seal the game

Free hit

End of over 16. 7 runs this over. 202/3 after 96 balls.
AJ Finch 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 3-0-41-1
DJM Short 75 (42b 8x4 3x6 ) more

Caleb: "After 15.1 NZ were 197 (after Stoinis first ball of the over went for 13), and with the Maxwell wicket there is a glimmer of hope. I didn't think NZ poor finish would have any impact whatsoever on the game... but it has... this could still be interesting!"

End of over 15. 9 runs this over. 195/2 after 90 balls.
GJ Maxwell 27 (12b 2x4 2x6 ) IS Sodhi 4-0-35-1
DJM Short 74 (41b 8x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 14. 11 runs this over. 186/2 after 84 balls.
GJ Maxwell 19 (8b 2x4 1x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-30-0
DJM Short 73 (39b 8x4 3x6 ) more

Boult will rue the short ones in that over. Full and straight worked.

End of over 13. 13 runs this over. 175/2 after 78 balls.
GJ Maxwell 13 (5b 1x4 1x6 ) BM Wheeler 3-0-51-0
DJM Short 68 (36b 7x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 12. 15 runs this over. 158/2 after 71 balls.
DJM Short 63 (33b 6x4 3x6 ) C de Grandhomme 3-0-41-1
GJ Maxwell 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Amogh: "Still think this is New Zealand's game to lose."

Nick: "This definitely is now Aus's match to lose!"

Paul: "Even though NZ bowlers are getting mullered at the moment,asking rate still above 11,couple of quick wkts,2 new batsmen,changes everything,"

What will Maxwell do?

End of over 11. 7 runs this over. 142/1 after 65 balls.
CA Lynn 17 (11b 1x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 3-0-25-1
DJM Short 50 (30b 6x4 1x6 ) more

TJ: "Although Lynn has improved vs spin out of sight by facing Narine in the nets in India, Sodhi is still the best shot to shut him off early. If he stays in this game will be over with balls to spare."

End of over 10. 11 runs this over. 135/1 after 60 balls.
CA Lynn 12 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 2-0-26-0
DJM Short 49 (29b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Anil Katwal: "I find the Nepal's games in recently concluded World Cricket League Division 2 were much more exciting than this kind of games, Sad that not single game of those games were televised."

End of over 9. 10 runs this over. 124/1 after 54 balls.
CA Lynn 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 2-0-18-1
DJM Short 48 (28b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Harshal: "People "hating" this kind of a game, should stop watching it if you don't like it. No one is forcing you. #GetOverIt"

This is the first time a T20I has had two century opening stands

Chris Lynn at No. 3...he doesn't block 'em

Karl Rocks: "Akki the word you're looking for is garbage not stick"

End of over 8. 13 runs this over. 112/0 after 47 balls.
DJM Short 46 (26b 6x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 1-0-13-0
DA Warner 51 (21b 4x4 4x6 ) more

Akki: "This is stick cricket"

End of over 7. 8 runs this over. 99/0 after 42 balls.
DJM Short 45 (25b 6x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 1-0-8-0
DA Warner 40 (17b 2x4 4x6 ) more

Jeremy from Mel: "Is it normal to be breathless simply by reading Cricinfo commentary of a cricket innings? How exciting!!"

That Powerplay total equals the record for international T20s

End of over 6. 18 runs this over. 91/0 after 36 balls.
DA Warner 39 (16b 2x4 4x6 ) TG Southee 2-0-34-0
DJM Short 38 (20b 6x4 1x6 ) more

Avanish Rayanku: "dreadful bowling by new zeland so far, didnt expect bowling with such bad line and length" A few edges as well!

End of over 5. 15 runs this over. 66/0 after 28 balls.
DA Warner 25 (11b 2x4 2x6 ) BM Wheeler 1-0-31-0
DJM Short 32 (17b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Australia are giving this a good shake

Miles: "Peter, take a cold shower now these words should not be uttered by an English fan. Clean your mouth with soap you've gone to far. Banished to the naughty chair."

End of over 4. 6 runs this over. 49/0 after 23 balls.
DJM Short 30 (16b 5x4 1x6 ) TA Boult 2-0-17-0
DA Warner 12 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 12 runs this over. 39/0 after 17 balls.
DJM Short 22 (11b 3x4 1x6 ) TG Southee 1-0-12-0
DA Warner 11 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Arf: "I know some people absolutely love this, call it great "entertainment", but cricket isn't fun to watch if every single ball sails for six. Wheeler bowled 6 good balls, went for 16 off nicks and top edges"

End of over 2. 16 runs this over. 27/0 after 12 balls.
DJM Short 17 (9b 2x4 1x6 ) BM Wheeler 1-0-16-0
DA Warner 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

There's a big meeting between Southee, Williamson and Wheeler while there's a bat change

End of over 1. 7 runs this over. 7/0 after 5 balls.
DJM Short 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 1-0-7-0
DA Warner 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

A few of you asking where AJ Tye's figures you go

Dhaval: "Bit of a role reversal from the NZ's previous best against WI. Munro had a ton then and Guptill 60 odd. Today Guptill got his 100 and Munro 70 odd. That's how you want your openers to perform in any format."

DA WarnerB IS Sodhi59432445245.83
DJM ShortC TL Seifert B TA Boult76844483172.73
CA LynnC MJ Guptill B C de Grandhomme18101311138.46
GJ MaxwellB TG Southee31181432221.43
AJ Finchnot out 36221433257.14
MP StoinisRun out BM Wheeler,TL Seifert 4950080
AT Careynot out 11100100
AC Agar -
AJ Tye -
KW Richardson -
B Stanlake -
Total 245/5
TA Boult3.5042110.96
BM Wheeler3.1064020.21
TG Southee4.0048112
IS Sodhi4.003518.75
C de Grandhomme3.5056114.61