1st Match (N), Sydney, Feb 3 2018, Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series
(11.3/15 ov, target 95)
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
AUS Innings
Full commentary

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."

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
Southee to Maxwell, no run
dug in short, leg side and Maxwell ignores
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
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 114 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 87/3CRR: 7.9 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 8 runs from 24b
Glenn Maxwell32 (21)
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

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
Boult to Lynn, 2 runs
short ball, pulled off the splice through midwicket for a couple
Boult to Maxwell, 1 run
full, gets the yorker up towards the blockhole, dug out towards mid-off
Boult to Maxwell, no run
short, 142kph over leg stump, Maxwell shows it a straight bat
Boult to Lynn, 1 run
back of a length, opens up his body and slices down to third man
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 1012 runs
AUS: 83/2CRR: 8.3 • RRR: 2.40 • Need 12 runs from 30b
Glenn Maxwell31 (19)
Chris Lynn41 (29)
Ish Sodhi3-0-24-0
Mitchell Santner2-0-20-0
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"

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

Lynn on to his best T20I score now

Sodhi to Lynn, FOUR runs
drops short and Lynn whirls it away through square leg, gets it between two fielders for another boundary
Sodhi to Maxwell, 1 run
on the charge, ugly slash from Maxwell, smeared over cover for one to the sweeper
end of over 912 runs
AUS: 71/2CRR: 7.88 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 24 runs from 36b
Glenn Maxwell25 (16)
Chris Lynn35 (26)
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

Santner to Maxwell, 1 run
fizzed down on off, 94kph and stabbed square off the back foot, another quick single there
Santner to Maxwell, FOUR runs
crunched through the covers, Maxwell plants the front foot and nails the drive
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
Santner to Lynn, no run
fired in on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler
Santner to Lynn, no run
flat on off, prodded away