Australia 142/8 (20 ov)
New Zealand 143/3 (15.3 ov)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Player of the match: Martin Guptill
The trophy is handed to Kane Williamson and the squad joins him for the photoshoots. As New Zealand skipper said, it was a hard-fought series indeed! While the home side seemed far superior in the first two games, the Australians showed massive amounts of character to get level in the series with back to back wins and force a decider. It was a topsy-turvy series, with the momentum constantly shifting between the two sides. It was the Black Caps who had the last laugh though, with the Australians falling significantly short in the last game. 

Enough positives to take from this series for both these sides though. New Zealand have found some good balance in their side and the introduction of Chapman and Phillips as bowlers, could be a huge plus for them in the Indian conditions during the T20 World Cup. As for now though, they have Bangladesh coming over, in their final series of their summer. With focus also shifting to the build up on the World Test Championship against India, the Black Caps will be hoping to continue their good run of form at the biggest stages.

As for Australia, a few youngsters got their opportunities to make their debut in this series. While Josh Philippe played a couple of good knocks, Riley Meredith's rapid pace was also impressive. Keeping in mind for the T20 World Cup, the spin duo of Agar and Zampa could prove to be the one Australia go to, with Maxwell offering himself as a bowling option in the shorter format as well. Aaron Finch's return to form will certainly be the pleasing one for the selectors, but Matthew Wade might find himself in a bit of a scuffle for selection. After a long summer of cricket, there's a bit of a hiatus for the Australians. 

As the curtain gets drawn on another enthralling series between these two sides, so does our work here. It was a pleasure to bring you all the action from this match and we hope you enjoyed our coverage. That's it now for. Until next time, of course. This is Pratyush, signing off on behalf of my colleague Prashanth as well. Thank you for joining us, see ya!
Kane Williamson : Had to work for that one, incredibly hard fought series and momentum shifted through out. It was exciting to pick up from our learnings, great to come away with a win. It's about the cricket we want to play. We knew how strong Australia are and they showed it in the last two games but it is important for us to back our strengths and it was really good all round performance. The plans came off for us today, it was a little trickier with the slower bowlers there. It's been a great series to be a part of and I'd like to congratulate and thank the Australian team to come to our shores, with the difficult time in quarantines. 

Aaron Finch : We weren't aggressive enough with the bat starting with myself. We didn't get moving and let them dictate terms and didn't get enough runs. None of us pushed on to play a significant innings that would have got us to a 160 and that was the difference. I thought the pitch played pretty well today but Santner bowled brilliantly to not allow us to get off to a flier. We've been talking about the gradual improvement and it was really pleasing from game 1 to 4. Couple guys made their debut and did well. It would have been great to win the series but NZ are a great team and were the better side today.
Ish Sodhi. Man of the Series : We have got to be aggressive in these conditions. The big boys upfront did well to create pressure at the start to let us do our job in the middle overs. Adaptability was definitely the key. The surface did hold and turn a bit in the last game but it played better today in our favour and the batsmen did well to chase it down. Always nice to get wickets, main thing is to build pressure and that's where I'm thankful to the others around me. Chapman and Phillips have worked hard in training and it was nice to see Phillips get the wicket of Maxwell.
Martin Guptill. Man of the Match : All about intent, certainly was. We took a step back last time out and didn't want to back out from a fight. Conway has opened for Wellington before and was brilliant today. Wouldn't say went after them from ball one but it was a good partnership and we pushed on from there. Trusting to get enough of the bat and not try to over hit it is the key(to hitting sixes).

You bet he will! New Zealand win by 7 wickets and clinch the series to win 3-2 and they did it in style!

A thumping victory for New Zealand in the end. They rose to the occasion and outplayed Australia in all three departments today. It was a demolition of a performance throughout this match.

Finch and Wade stepped up to the plate when Australia had their backs against the wall to put the visitors in a position where 160 was well on the cards. A horrendous collapse from the middle order, courtesy some superb bowling by New Zealand's spin department swung the pendulum in the home side's favour.

It was the Martin Guptill show from there on! The opener, alongside his new partner Devon Conway, put up a 100-run stand to dismantle the Australian bowling line up. The change in batting order turned out to be a masterstroke as the two wrapped up the game by the 11th over. Australia did chip away towards the end with Riley Meredith on a hat-trick, but they were always 15-20 runs on that surface, especially with the way Guptill was batting. Glenn Phillips got his side over the line with a lovely little cameo, to clinch the series for New Zealand!
Over: 16 | Summary: 6 1 6 Bowler: Adam Zampa Score: 0/0
15.3 Adam Zampa to Glenn Phillips, SIX! New Zealand win by 7 wickets and they win the series, tossed up on stump line and Phillips sends this one down the ground over long-on for a maximum! 
Will Phillips finish it off with a maximum?
15.2 Adam Zampa to Glenn Phillips, length ball on leg-stump and Phillips turns this one to the leg side, no run
15.1 Adam Zampa to Glenn Phillips, SIX! Zampa has gone the distance all day and he started off badly again, goes down on one knee and slog sweeps this one over long-on for a maximum!
Adam Zampa comes back into the attack.
Glenn Phillips is not just dealing in boundaries, he's doing it with glorious boundaries! He's got five boundaries so far and is taking the responsibility to get his side over the line. New Zealand on the verge of getting the better of their arch nemesis for the first time in a series.

Just 12 runs needed of 30 balls.
Over: 15 | Summary: W 4 1 1 1 0 Bowler: Jhye Richardson Score: 131/3
14.6 Jhye Richardson to Mark Chapman, short ball angles away from the left-hander and it beats him on the under half of the bat as Chapman looks to pull this one away
14.5 Jhye Richardson to Glenn Phillips, good-length ball on stump line and Phillips turns this one away to the leg side for a single
14.4 Jhye Richardson to Mark Chapman, short ball this time and Chapman pulls it away all along the ground to fine-leg for a single.
14.3 Jhye Richardson to Glenn Phillips, short of a good-length outside the off-stump and Phillips plays it to the point fielder for a single
14.2 Jhye Richardson to Glenn Phillips, FOUR! Wow, what timing. Full and outside the off-stump and he has driven this one past mid-off and it has raced away to the fence
Mark Chapman, left-handed batsman, is the new batsman at the crease.
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