Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10.45pm: A pretty comprehensive win for Australia's revamped T20 XI, there. As ever, New Zealand's neighbour issues seemed to hold them back... A limp batting effort, decapitated by Billy Stanlake and then docked by AJ Tye, saw them post a well below-par target and Australia, despite a wobble from the openers, knocked them off. When you've got a couple of guys like Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell, fresh out of the Big Bash, six an over isn't going to be a test. Anyway, that's pretty much a wrap for tonight - Miller has dashed up his report on a rather limp affair and we'll be back for more when Australia take on England in Hobart on Wednesday. Bye!

"Australia proving what we all knew at the innings break, which is that NZ were a good 60 runs short today," mooches Dan. "Wish that rain had hung around."

11.3
4
Southee to Maxwell, FOUR runs, downtown, finished with a straight hit for four! Australia win by seven wickets and take first blood in the tri-series
11.2
0
Southee to Maxwell, no run, dug in short, leg side and Maxwell ignores
11.1
4
Southee to Maxwell, FOUR runs, length, think that was a cutter from Southee, Maxwell skitters across his stumps like a seaman in a gale and swats four more past the dive of fine leg
11.1
1w
Southee to Maxwell, 1 wide, short and down the leg side

Alex Carey in, Maxwell on strike... Tim Southee to bowl his third over

END OF OVER:
11 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 87/3 (8 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.90, RRR: 2.00)

  • Glenn Maxwell32 (21b)
  • Trent Boult3-0-14-2
  • Ish Sodhi3-0-24-0

Here's Jeremy again: "To be clear - I never said Australia were at a disadvantage. I just think they lost some of the huge advantage their bowlers had gained. It won't really matter for this chase, but it could have been overly significant had it actually been a difficult wicket and 117 was almost a par score." But the argument is actually that, in a shorter chase with greater resources (wickets), a team can afford to go much harder - you need five overs for a game, so it's always going to be in the chasing team's favour

10.6
W
Boult to Lynn, OUT, banged in, Lynn hooks - and sends it straight to fine leg! Second wicket for Boult, but the job is almost done for Australia

CA Lynn c Sodhi b Boult 44 (38m 33b 6x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

10.5
2
Boult to Lynn, 2 runs, short ball, pulled off the splice through midwicket for a couple
10.4
1
Boult to Maxwell, 1 run, full, gets the yorker up towards the blockhole, dug out towards mid-off
10.3
0
Boult to Maxwell, no run, short, 142kph over leg stump, Maxwell shows it a straight bat
10.2
1
Boult to Lynn, 1 run, back of a length, opens up his body and slices down to third man
10.1
0
Boult to Lynn, no run, over the wicket, short and angled across as Lynn hangs back, swings and misses

Trent Boult back on

Well, this would normally be halfway... but Australia need just 12 runs from 30 available deliveries, which tells you how they've dominated this one

END OF OVER:
10 | 12 Runs | AUS: 83/2 (12 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.30, RRR: 2.40)

  • Glenn Maxwell31 (19b)
  • Chris Lynn41 (29b)
  • Ish Sodhi3-0-24-0
  • Mitchell Santner2-0-20-0
9.6
4
Sodhi to Maxwell, FOUR runs, tossed up and Maxwell bludgeons another four straight down the ground, slugged hard and it beats long-on

"Too short from both spinners here," declares Nick. "They are scared to get into batsmens arc but instead they are just being played off the pitch with ease. Need to be brave and toss it up"

9.5
1
Sodhi to Lynn, 1 run, flighted, punched down the ground for one
9.4
1
Sodhi to Maxwell, 1 run, flat legbreak in the channel, Maxwell rocks back and slaps one through point
9.3
1
Sodhi to Lynn, 1 run, tossed up on off and plugged down the ground

Lynn on to his best T20I score now

9.2
4
Sodhi to Lynn, FOUR runs, drops short and Lynn whirls it away through square leg, gets it between two fielders for another boundary
9.1
1
Sodhi to Maxwell, 1 run, on the charge, ugly slash from Maxwell, smeared over cover for one to the sweeper

END OF OVER:
9 | 12 Runs | AUS: 71/2 (24 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.88, RRR: 4.00)

  • Glenn Maxwell25 (16b)
  • Chris Lynn35 (26b)
  • Mitchell Santner2-0-20-0
  • Ish Sodhi2-0-12-0

"Was 8.1 the claw by any chance?" Could have been, Sooryanarayanan, didn't see the grip... but it got mauled

8.6
1
Santner to Maxwell, 1 run, fizzed down on off, 94kph and stabbed square off the back foot, another quick single there
8.5
4
Santner to Maxwell, FOUR runs, crunched through the covers, Maxwell plants the front foot and nails the drive
8.4
1
Santner to Lynn, 1 run, slows his pace up, Lynn top edges the slog-sweep... but it lands short of deep square leg running in! Well bowled, came off the toe of the bat but Lynn survives
8.3
0
Santner to Lynn, no run, fired in on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler
8.2
0
Santner to Lynn, no run, flat on off, prodded away

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10DA WarnerDJM Short
2nd0DA WarnerCA Lynn
3rd77GJ MaxwellCA Lynn
4th9GJ MaxwellAT Carey