Australia 208/4 (20 ov)
New Zealand 144/10 (17.1 ov)
Australia won by 64 runs.
Player of the match: Ashton Agar
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An all-around show from Australia. Batters batted well and the bowlers bowled well.

When Australia were asked to bat by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, there were concerns about the form of two Aussie batsmen. They go by the name of Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell. But the two batsmen have roared back in form in some style. They hit the ball all around the park as they got their respective fifties. Finch was the first to get the half-century. The Aussies skipper hit eight fours and two sixes in his 44-ball 69. Maxwell then impressed as he hammered right fours and five sixes in his 31-ball 70 blitz. Finch and Maxwell were so great in their power-hitting that they almost made Josh Phillipe's 27-ball 43 sedate innings.

New Zealand struggled with their bowling, especially James Neesham as he was hammered for 60 runs from his four overs. Boult and Southee were hit for 39 and 37 runs respectively. Only Ish Sodhi bowled well as he picked 2 wickets for 32 runs from his 4 overs.

New Zealand got a good start.  But new-comer Riley Meredith, on his T20I debut, picked the wickets of Tim Seifert and Kane Williamson and dented the New Zealand chase with his pace. Martin Guptill got a quick 43 but then he fell to Adam Zampa. Soon, Ashton Agar was introduced into the attack and the left-arm spinner ran through the New Zealand batting order finishing with the best bowling efforts from an Australian bowler in T20I cricket. Agar had 6/30 to his name in his 4 overs. Agar rightly won the Player of the Match award for his bowling performance. 

Aaron Finch: It is always good to get runs for a winning cause for the team. We picked wickets in the Powerplay. Riley Meredith impressed on his debut. We were hoping for a win and it was good to win but there is still a lot of work to be done. 
Kane Williamson: A bit disappointed but Australia were very good. But it is always difficult to chase these kinds of a big total. We did manage to get a decent start but we lost a few wickets. But we will have to move on quickly learing a few quick lessons. No training but only a few adjustments. The power of Australia was on the show. 
Ashton Agar, Player of the Match: It is nice to wickets particularly when you are wicketless in the first two matches. There was some grip in the pitch. Maxi was incredible. Finchi was also good with the bat. 
Australia keep the series alive with an emphatic win. They have defeated New Zealand by 64 runs. This is Austalia's largest victory (by runs) over New Zealand in T20I cricket. 
17.1 Kane Richardson to Ish Sodhi, OUT! IT IS ALL OVER! Length ball on stump line and Sodhi looks to hoick it away over mid-wicket gets a top edge on that and Richardson gets himself under that and completes the catch. Australia win by 64 runs 
Ashton Agar has picked six wickets from his four overs giving away just 30 runs. A fantastic spell from the spinner. 
Over: 17 | Summary: 6 W 1 1 4 W Bowler: Ashton Agar Score: 144/9
16.6 Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, GIVEN LBW! Jamieson reviews, he was hit on the pads trying to lap this one past fine-leg.

No spike on ultra-edge as ball passes the bat. Wickets umpire's call and Agar has six!
16.5 Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, FOUR! Length ball on stump line and Jamieson makes room and plays this one away to the extra cover boundary
16.4 Ashton Agar to Ish Sodhi, quicker and on a length on stump line, Sodhi plays it out to the off side for a single
16.3 Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson, full and straight and Jamieson drives this one down the ground for a single
Ish Sodhi, Right-hand batsman, walks out to bat. 
16.2 Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, FIVE FOR AGAR! Tossed up a little wider of the off-stump, Chapman gets an outside edge on this one and Zampa at short third man holds onto that one somehow! 
16.1 Ashton Agar to Mark Chapman, SIX! Massive hit from Chapman, saw the loop on that one and went down on one knee and slog swept this one over mid-wicket for a maximum.
12 runs from the over. With New Zealand needing 77 runs from 24 balls, mere formalities remain for Australia to win the match. 
Over: 16 | Summary: 4 0 1 4 2 1 Bowler: Jhye Richardson Score: 132/7
15.6 Jhye Richardson to Mark Chapman, full and in the blockhole and Chapman plays this one to the leg side for a single to end the over
15.5 Jhye Richardson to Mark Chapman, slower one full on stump line and Chapman lobs this one over the bowler's head and he will come back in time for the second run.
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