Match Over - Australia won by 19 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: New Zealand, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 21 Feb 2018, 08:00 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: AC Agar


  • Umpire1: CM Brown
  • Umpire2: WR Knights
  • Third Umpire: SB Haig



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

New Zealand



Overs: 14.4 / 14.4


Warner, who is set to board a stupid o'clock plane to South Africa tomorrow, collects the T20 Trophy, and that concludes the formalities. Thanks for tuning in - next up, we've got the ODI series between New Zealand and England, starting on Sunday. See you then.

David Warner "Over the moon, from the get-go we played superb cricket, tried to execute everything with energy. We look back the last 18-24 months, people talk about us not taking T20 seriously, but this bunch have come out of the BBL with superb form and I couldn't be prouder of the guys. It proves the great depth in Australia cricket."

Kane Williamson "Though the middle we didn't assess as well as we could have. There was a bit of scarring, and we probably thought we needed more. The rain probably didn't affect the result, that's just the way it goes. With the bat they were ultra-positive, we were looking to take wickets but weren't able to do so."

Ashton Agar is Man of the Match. "Your length has to be perfect, whether you're at the WACA or here," he says. "It was helpful to have a sighter [on Friday], I couldn't believe how small the ground was." He also says this has been the most enjoyable tour he's yet been on as an Australia player. Which is nice.

Carl Whyte: "Hey Miller, another thrashing in the tests and now T20's. NZ will now give the poms a good hiding to boot. Don't brag about the ODI matches as Australia will make it 6 at the next WC" If you say so. Sounds like selective gloating to me though ...

10.38pm MATCH ABANDONED. That's all folks... the umpires have decided that the ground is too wet to resume before the cut-off time. That's a pity, but there's no complaints about the inaugural Trans-Tasman T20 champions. Australia win by 19 runs on DLS, with five wins out of five in the tournament.

10.26pm The rain appears to have stopped and the mopping-up is underway. Watch this space...

Damian: "Totally agree with Chappy, might as well stand on a chair outside the field of play and catch the ball on the jump inside the field of play. The "SIX" law requires some attention. That boundary was not even circular, looked more zigzag." But that's a completely different scenario. He caught the ball inside the rope, then got it back under control inside the rope. He didn't launch himself from the stands in the first instance, which is what the rule tweak was designed to prevent.

10.18pm Chappy: "Sorry but that 'catch' off Finch should be a six, I know what the rule says but its stupidly illogical. You cant 'catch' the ball infield, run over the boundary and then without coming back into the field of play complete the 'catch'. As he never re-entered the field of before he started to take the 'catch' again that should be six." Personally I have no issue whatsoever in rewarding athleticism and co-ordination, two things I lack in abundance.

Matthew Vincent: ""We could be set for an unsatisfactory conclusion here" This whole match has been an unsatisfactory conclusion...." Valid

10.17pm I'm afraid it is still hammering down. We could be set for an unsatisfactory conclusion here, but fingers crossed. Australia in utter control of DLS, so it's NZ who need to get back out there and takes lots of wickets

And back comes the rain. Humbug. Hopefully it's just another short interlude

Sanu: "I never ever seen Maxwell like this before (1 six after 17 balls). You are kidding me? He was so so serious after IPL10. What Virender Sehwag wanted in him. Take #responsibility and #beresponsible." He's doing the job required to win a trophy. Can't argue with that...

14.4MJ Santner to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, muscled over long-on. That's sweet, sweet power.
14.3MJ Santner to AJ Finch, 2 runs, eased out to midwicket.
14.2MJ Santner to GJ Maxwell, 1 run,
14.1MJ Santner to AJ Finch, 1 run, gets away with the free hit.
14.1MJ Santner to AJ Finch, NO BALL, 3 runs, a filthy beamer, and a brilliant catch, but it won't count! Slammed out to wide long-on, where the ball is hauled in by Chapman with an excellent relay take, tossing the ball up in mid-air as he clambered back into play.
End of over 14. 8 runs this over. 108/3 after 84 balls.
GJ Maxwell 19 (17b 0x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 4-0-21-1
AJ Finch 7 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Aravind: "Personally I think it was a poor move to send Agar at no:3.. it should have been Finch at that position, which would have helped the team's cause better .." Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But hard to argue that Australia aren't in command here

End of over 13. 5 runs this over. 100/3 after 78 balls.
GJ Maxwell 12 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-27-0
AJ Finch 6 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Dave: "Bold shout by Chin - he's not even played an ODI yet! " And there's the rub... still, can't fault the ambition!

End of over 12. 7 runs this over. 95/3 after 72 balls.
GJ Maxwell 8 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) C Munro 2-0-18-1
AJ Finch 5 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Chin: "Watching D'Arcy Short bat today, I'm predicting he will be the first triple centurion in ODIs. Unbelievable range of shots and a lot of time to play those shots, a hallmark of a superb player !" You heard it here first

Sharat Verma: "The rain break has broken the momentum for Aussies but made New Zealanders to re-plan their strategies."

Another_PK: "Big scalp? A pinch-hitter, two wickets down with half the runs gone and way ahead of the run rate? " Effecttively four-down ... it's the wickets that are key in this situation, and the pitch clearly isn't the belter it was last Friday

End of over 11. 5 runs this over. 88/3 after 66 balls.
AJ Finch 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 3-0-16-1
GJ Maxwell 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Aashish Calla: "I think Sodhi was ranked no.1 on the ICC T20I bowlers rankings on the day of the IPL auction. Despite this as well as the fact he's a leggie, no franchise went for him! Were they serious?"

In comes Aaron Finch. He's been battering runs for fun in his new No.5 berth. 56 not out from next to no balls in the series so far

How big would that scalp have been? Agar's promotion implies that Lynn isn't going to feature...

End of over 10. 6 runs this over. 83/2 after 60 balls.
AC Agar 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 3-0-13-1
GJ Maxwell 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Saumil Agrawal: "Isn't Agar a bowler?" Not necessarily...

Chris: "Good move by Australia pinch hitting with Agar. Can play freely, doesn't matter if he gets out, but there's a chance he could break the back of this chase. "

End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 77/1 after 54 balls.
DA Warner 25 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 2-0-11-0
AC Agar 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Gautham : "Lynn couldn't have timed his injury better! A good couple of months for the IPL, no immediate short form games scheduled for Oz...ample time for rehab!" Tell that to the Lahore Qalanders ...

End of over 8. 11 runs this over. 72/1 after 48 balls.
DJM Short 50 (30b 6x4 3x6 ) C Munro 1-0-11-1
DA Warner 21 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Faisal Jaan: "D'Arcy Short struggled in BBL against spin, and his weakness was expertly exploited by sides in the knockouts. NZ should've brought Santner much earlier than this. "

End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 61/0 after 42 balls.
DJM Short 46 (27b 5x4 3x6 ) MJ Santner 1-0-6-0
DA Warner 14 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 16 runs this over. 55/0 after 36 balls.
DA Warner 13 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 2-0-21-0
DJM Short 41 (22b 4x4 3x6 ) more

9.30pm We will be back underway in two minutes. Hurrah!

Rohan: "Hesson can throw all the hissy fit he wants but the match is cooked. No point prolonging the agony of the spectators, might as well give them a full match leading to a shot at catching the 50k cheque. That is the best entertainment they will have tonight."

9.27pm Still optimistic that we will be back underway very shortly. Ketavan: "Any update about Lynn injury " Here's what we know for now... the scans will reveal more

9.18pm We should be set for a prompt resumption, as the rain has mostly moved on, but it was a pretty heavy downpour. Mike Hesson, New Zealand's coach, is adamant he wants the outfield dried before his fielders resume their efforts. Here come the groundstaff with a rope.

Steve Thomas: "I'm about 2 km from the stadium and there is no rain here. Should clear soon"

Rain stops play. Boo... that's an annoying interlude. Australia are way ahead on DLS. But let's hope this is a passing cloudburst. Pretty heavy for the moment...

akash: "before 2010, 151 did not used to be small target, but look now, people are saying as if NZ has scored only 80." Times they are a-changing

End of over 5. 16 runs this over. 39/0 after 30 balls.
DJM Short 29 (19b 4x4 1x6 ) TA Boult 2-0-22-0
DA Warner 10 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 6 runs this over. 23/0 after 24 balls.
DJM Short 14 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 2-0-11-0
DA Warner 9 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Justin: "Australia need to be careful not to fall into the small chase trap here. They can effectively kill this game in the powerplay if they bat as normal. If they lose wickets they have a much better middle order than NZ. Tapping it around will just add pressure "

End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 17/0 after 18 balls.
DA Warner 8 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 1-0-6-0
DJM Short 9 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sagar Sandalwar: "How painful will be that if New Zealand win this match... New Zealand will win the series with only 2 matches won while Aussies will lose the series with 4 matches won..."

End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 11/0 after 12 balls.
DA Warner 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 1-0-5-0
DJM Short 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Darryl Warren: " least we have the wood on them at rugby (sigh)."

Mark Fielding: "Any word on Lynn?" He suffered a dislocated right shoulder and has gone for a scan. Unlikely to bat, but we'll see

End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/0 after 6 balls.
DA Warner 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 1-0-6-0
DJM Short 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

nick : "" A hill of beans..." you called NZ's total - when last was the movie 'Casablanca' quoted on cricinfo? Maybe we'll see as Time Goes By whether it's the Same Old Story or if will be Play it again, Santner, " We'll always have Paris. Or something

DA WarnerB IS Sodhi25362320108.7
DJM ShortC MS Chapman B C Munro50303063166.67
AC AgarSt. TL Seifert MJ Santner21150040
GJ Maxwellnot out 20241801111.11
AJ Finchnot out 18181301138.46
CA Lynn -
MP Stoinis -
AT Carey -
AJ Tye -
KW Richardson -
B Stanlake -
Total 121/3
TA Boult3.002709
IS Sodhi4.002115.25
TG Southee2.0021010.5
MJ Santner3.402917.91
C Munro2.001819