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Trans-Tasman Trophy, Final: New Zealand vs Australia - Things which went wrong for the hosts

Australia recorded their 5th successive win in the series that gifted them the trophy and lifted them to 2nd spot in the ICC T20I Rankings.

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Top 5 / Top 10 21 Feb 2018, 16:36 IST
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T20 Tri Series Final - New Zealand v Australia

Australia were crowned the inaugural Trans-Tasman T20 champions after they defeated New Zealand by 19 runs (D/L method) in the final at the Eden Park on Wednesday.

Chasing the Kiwis' total of 150/9, Australia were cruising at 121/3 after 14.4 overs when rain stopped play and the Aussies were awarded the trophy.

The David Warner-led team remained unbeaten with a fifth successive win in the series that gifted them the trophy and lifted them from 7th to 2nd position in the ICC T20I rankings.

Now, let us have a look at the factors that led to New Zealand's loss.

#4 Batting collapse

T20 Tri Series Final - New Zealand v Australia

New Zealand chose to bat after skipper Kane Williamson won the toss at the Eden Park and Australia's stand-in captain David Warner was content with bowling first for the fifth time in a row.

Williamson once again believed that a used surface would possibly become more difficult to bat on, even though Australia pulled-off the highest-ever run chase in T20I in history to beat the Kiwis by 5 wickets at the same venue, last week.

Openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro started the hosts' innings on a bright note but could not convert their healthy start to a big score.

Inside 10 overs, half of the hosts' batsmen were back in the dugout courtesy of Ashton Agar's perfect length.

Ross Taylor (43*) was the lone Kiwi batsman to put up a fight as the Black Caps could not keep their ship steady and suffered a batting collapse.

They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and posted a below-par total of 150/9 in 20 overs.

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