Result
Final (N), Auckland, Feb 21 2018, Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series
150/9
(14.4/14.4 ov, target 103)
121/3
Australia won by 19 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
Australia
1y
• The Report by Alan Gardner

Australia cruise to tri-series title in low-scorer

Ashton Agar stifled New Zealand with the ball before D'Arcy Short capped an excellent debut series by crunching his second T20I fifty

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Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
New Zealand150/9(20 overs)
Ross Taylor*43 (38)
Colin Munro29 (14)
Andrew Tye2/30(4)
Australia121/3(14.4 overs)
D'Arcy Short50 (30)
David Warner25 (23)
Ish Sodhi1/21(4)

Warner, who is set to board a stupid o'clock plane to South Africa tomorrow, collects the T20 Trophy, and that concludes the formalities. Thanks for tuning in - next up, we've got the ODI series between New Zealand and England, starting on Sunday. See you then.

David Warner "Over the moon, from the get-go we played superb cricket, tried to execute everything with energy. We look back the last 18-24 months, people talk about us not taking T20 seriously, but this bunch have come out of the BBL with superb form and I couldn't be prouder of the guys. It proves the great depth in Australia cricket."

Kane Williamson "Though the middle we didn't assess as well as we could have. There was a bit of scarring, and we probably thought we needed more. The rain probably didn't affect the result, that's just the way it goes. With the bat they were ultra-positive, we were looking to take wickets but weren't able to do so."

Ashton Agar is Man of the Match. "Your length has to be perfect, whether you're at the WACA or here," he says. "It was helpful to have a sighter [on Friday], I couldn't believe how small the ground was." He also says this has been the most enjoyable tour he's yet been on as an Australia player. Which is nice.

Carl Whyte: "Hey Miller, another thrashing in the tests and now T20's. NZ will now give the poms a good hiding to boot. Don't brag about the ODI matches as Australia will make it 6 at the next WC" If you say so. Sounds like selective gloating to me though ...

10.38pm MATCH ABANDONED. That's all folks... the umpires have decided that the ground is too wet to resume before the cut-off time. That's a pity, but there's no complaints about the inaugural Trans-Tasman T20 champions. Australia win by 19 runs on DLS, with five wins out of five in the tournament.

10.26pm The rain appears to have stopped and the mopping-up is underway. Watch this space...

Damian: "Totally agree with Chappy, might as well stand on a chair outside the field of play and catch the ball on the jump inside the field of play. The "SIX" law requires some attention. That boundary was not even circular, looked more zigzag." But that's a completely different scenario. He caught the ball inside the rope, then got it back under control inside the rope. He didn't launch himself from the stands in the first instance, which is what the rule tweak was designed to prevent.

10.18pm Chappy: "Sorry but that 'catch' off Finch should be a six, I know what the rule says but its stupidly illogical. You cant 'catch' the ball infield, run over the boundary and then without coming back into the field of play complete the 'catch'. As he never re-entered the field of before he started to take the 'catch' again that should be six." Personally I have no issue whatsoever in rewarding athleticism and co-ordination, two things I lack in abundance.

Matthew Vincent: ""We could be set for an unsatisfactory conclusion here" This whole match has been an unsatisfactory conclusion...." Valid

10.17pm I'm afraid it is still hammering down. We could be set for an unsatisfactory conclusion here, but fingers crossed. Australia in utter control of DLS, so it's NZ who need to get back out there and takes lots of wickets

And back comes the rain. Humbug. Hopefully it's just another short interlude

Sanu: "I never ever seen Maxwell like this before (1 six after 17 balls). You are kidding me? He was so so serious after IPL10. What Virender Sehwag wanted in him. Take #responsibility and #beresponsible." He's doing the job required to win a trophy. Can't argue with that...

14.4
6
Santner to Finch, SIX runs
muscled over long-on. That's sweet, sweet power
14.3
2
Santner to Finch, 2 runs
eased out to midwicket
14.2
1
Santner to Maxwell, 1 run
14.1
1
Santner to Finch, 1 run
gets away with the free hit
14.1
3nb
Santner to Finch, (no ball) 2 runs
a filthy beamer, and a brilliant catch, but it won't count! Slammed out to wide long-on, where the ball is hauled in by Chapman with an excellent relay take, tossing the ball up in mid-air as he clambered back into play
end of over 148 runs
AUS: 108/3CRR: 7.71 
Glenn Maxwell19 (17)
Aaron Finch7 (9)
Ish Sodhi4-0-21-1
Trent Boult3-0-27-0
13.6
Sodhi to Maxwell, no run
a fast, flat legbreak, Maxwell can't capitalise

Aravind: "Personally I think it was a poor move to send Agar at no:3.. it should have been Finch at that position, which would have helped the team's cause better .." Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But hard to argue that Australia aren't in command here

13.5
1
Sodhi to Finch, 1 run
on the legs, worked around the corner
13.4
Sodhi to Finch, no run
wider line, Finch goes for another cut but can't make proper contact
13.3
Sodhi to Finch, no run
well bowled, Finch gives himself room and Sodhi cramps him with the googly. Cut to point
13.2
1
Sodhi to Maxwell, 1 run
back of a length, slapped hard and low past the bowler
13.1
6
Sodhi to Maxwell, SIX runs
tossed up outside off, Maxwell picks the legbreak, gives himself room, and slams it into the stands at long-off!
end of over 135 runs
AUS: 100/3CRR: 7.69 • RRR: 1.80
Glenn Maxwell12 (14)
Aaron Finch6 (6)
Trent Boult3-0-27-0
Colin Munro2-0-18-1
12.6
1
Boult to Maxwell, 1 run
more brilliance on the boundary! De Grandhomme at full stretch saves the four at deep midwicket. New Zealand are brawling...
12.5
1
Boult to Finch, 1 run
incredible pick-up from Williamson, but just wide! A tip and run to the covers, Williamson released the ball almost before he had gathered it, and missed the stumps by a whisker!
12.4
Boult to Finch, no run
banged in short, an attempted pull, can't connect, and the keeper's shy keeps the non-striker in his place
12.3
1
Boult to Maxwell, 1 run
a big smear into the leg side from outside off, almost swings himself off his feet in alacrity

Dave: "Bold shout by Chin - he's not even played an ODI yet! " And there's the rub... still, can't fault the ambition!

12.2
Boult to Maxwell, no run
yorker! Well bowled, well dug out
12.1
2
Boult to Maxwell, 2 runs
that's a sublime strike, an angled drive into the gap in the covers, timed to perfection, but Southee slides well to intercept just inside the rope
end of over 127 runs
AUS: 95/3CRR: 7.91 • RRR: 3.00
Glenn Maxwell8 (10)
Aaron Finch5 (4)
Colin Munro2-0-18-1
Mitchell Santner3-0-16-1

Chin: "Watching D'Arcy Short bat today, I'm predicting he will be the first triple centurion in ODIs. Unbelievable range of shots and a lot of time to play those shots, a hallmark of a superb player !" You heard it here first

11.6
1
Munro to Maxwell, 1 run
back of a length, a bottom-handed bunt out to the leg side
Best performances - batsmen
DJM Short
50 runs (30)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
040791299
LRPL Taylor
43 runs (38)
2 fours
1 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
flick
19 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
4435101313
Best performances - bowlers
AC Agar
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
3
Eco
6.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
KW Richardson
O
4
M
0
R
30
W
2
Eco
7.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesTrans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series 2018
Player Of The Match
Ashton Agar
Player Of The Series
Glenn Maxwell
Series resultAustralia won the 2017/18 Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series
Match numberT20I no. 653
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00
Match days21 February 2018 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Chris Brown
Wayne Knights
TV Umpire
Shaun Haig
Reserve Umpire
Tony Gillies
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath