END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 142/8 | RR: 7.10

  • Grant Elliott27 (20b)
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-33-0
  • James Faulkner3-0-18-2

The Kiwis are on the boundary rope getting a talking-to from the coach, and we're nearly ready to rock. Cloudier than earlier but still fine, and no rain on the radar until much later.

Don't forget, we have England v South Africa (preview) a little later. Alan Gardner's heading up comms for that, so direct all demands for comment-publishing to him.

Justin: "Not at all optimistic, slow pitch [while] chasing, likely to see a repeat of what happened with India the other day, will Australia even make 100?" A touch pessimistic, Justin, but you're right about the surface. It all comes down to how well Australia start on what is a pudding of a pitch.

Australia's seamers in particular have been outstanding; the pitch sticky and slow, very difficult to time the ball. But we all thought New Zealand's innings against India wasn't nearly enough, didn't we? Join us shortly for Australia's chase.

19.6
W
Coulter-Nile to Milne, OUT, an ugly heave-ho - think 1990s Devon Malcolm swing-and-a-miss - and it passes through to the keeper, who wings in a throw and demolishes the stumps to end the innings

GD Elliott run out (†Nevill) 27 (27m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 135.00

19.5
2
Coulter-Nile to Milne, 2 runs, monster pull - the sound of that reverberated around the ground but it falls short of Maxwell

You don't really take two to Maxwell.

19.4
W
Coulter-Nile to Santner, 1 run, OUT, outside off, he carves it out to deep extra cover boundary for...one? Or two. Two, but it's Maxwell patrolling the boundary and sends in a bullet throw - what a throw! And he looks to be short

MJ Santner run out (Maxwell/†Nevill) 1 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19.3
1
Coulter-Nile to Elliott, 1 run, on the pull once more, but cannons into his legs
19.2
2
Coulter-Nile to Elliott, 2 runs, steps to the off side and tries to scoop it, but ends up toe-ending a pull to midwicket. They run for a single - no, two! This should be out if it hits but, no, Smith's ballsed it up and they get two
19.1
2
Coulter-Nile to Elliott, 2 runs, Elliott muscles this over midwicket, again not timing it, but enough to get him two

Pomil Proch: "Brain Lara posted yesterday that all the games in WT20 so far have been pretty one sided. Two old foes facing each other at scenic Dharamshala today - Hoping that this game proves him wrong today. The least this game needs is one sided WC campaign"

END OF OVER:
19 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 134/6 | RR: 7.05

  • Grant Elliott22 (17b)
  • Mitchell Santner0 (0b)
  • James Faulkner3-0-18-2
  • Mitchell Marsh4-0-26-1

Elliott's doing all he can to get him and New Zealand going here. Just finding it impossible to time anything

18.6
1
Faulkner to Elliott, 1 run, a bizarre punch off the back foot, while stepping to leg, only gets him one
18.5
W
Faulkner to Ronchi, OUT, mistimes this completely, trying to hit over midwicket but finds Maxwell coming in from deep midwicket, who's about as safe a pair of hands as you can find, and he takes a smart, athletic take low by his laces

L Ronchi c Maxwell b Faulkner 6 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

18.4
2
Faulkner to Ronchi, 2 runs, comes down the track, stepping outside leg and carves it over cover - could've gone anywhere but somehow lands safely
18.3
1
Faulkner to Elliott, 1 run, too leg-sidey and flicked off his hip to a short fine-leg
18.2
0
Faulkner to Elliott, no run, ha, Elliott tries to hit this into China! Slower ball and misses it completely.
18.1
1
Faulkner to Ronchi, 1 run, back onto his stumps and chipped to leg

Around the wicket

END OF OVER:
18 | 11 Runs | NZ: 129/5 | RR: 7.16

  • Grant Elliott20 (14b)
  • Luke Ronchi3 (4b)
  • Mitchell Marsh4-0-26-1
  • Shane Watson4-0-22-1

Too short from Marsh, this over

17.6
4
Marsh to Elliott, FOUR runs, shorter still from Marsh and at a comfortable height for Elliott who swivels onto a pull for four
17.5
1
Marsh to Ronchi, 1 run, comes forward, though it's a touch shorter than he anticipated, and it's punched out to cover for a well-run single
17.4
1
Marsh to Elliott, 1 run, on the pull! But mistimes it and finds deep midwicket

Manish: "I am an Indian living in new Zealand and it is an easy choice for me tonight. Go black caps! New Zealand winning is good for men in blue after their screwed up the other night. "

17.3
0
Marsh to Elliott, no run, attempts a similar shot but misses
17.2
4
Marsh to Elliott, FOUR runs, superb stroke - stepped right outside leg, showing all three stumps (and another set too), crashing it through cover for four
17.1
1
Marsh to Ronchi, 1 run, short of a length and angled out behind square off the back foot

DarthV: "(Will) Luke, I am your father. Publish my comments!" There've been a lot of these. Fair enough. Well done everyone

END OF OVER:
17 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 118/5 | RR: 6.94

  • Luke Ronchi1 (2b)
  • Grant Elliott11 (10b)
  • Shane Watson4-0-22-1
  • Mitchell Marsh3-0-15-1

That ends Watto's spell. 1 for 22 off 4. Bowled, Shane

16.6
1
Watson to Ronchi, 1 run, outside off and angled down to third man
16.5
0
Watson to Ronchi, no run, Ronchi's onto the front foot and driving solidly

Watto's figures are pretty special (dented by that six, of course). Top notch

16.4
W
Watson to Taylor, OUT, he's gone for it again but straight to Marsh at midwicket! Clever bowling from Watson there, actually, as he held it back just a touch

LRPL Taylor c Marsh b Watson 11 (25m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Now then, now then.

16.3
6
Watson to Taylor, SIX runs, oh hello - that is, at last, a true monster from Taylor as he steps to off and clatters it over midwicket for six! What a hit. What a sound off the bat

Quick wickets

0

No. of wkts for Australia in their first five overs scoring 42 runs. In the next five they lost 3 wickets for 24 runs.

Khawaja gets to his best

33

Previous highest score for Usman Khawaja in T20Is, before today. He has gone past that in this innings.

Watson's poor WT20 run

5.83

Watson's average in his last six WT20 innings, including his 13 today. His scores in 6 inns: 8, 7, 4, 2, 1, 13. His scores in previous 4 WT20 inns: 51, 41*, 72, 70.

Couldn't make up

84

Runs scored by NZ in their last 14 overs for the loss of eight wkts. In the first six overs they were 58 for 0.

Taylor's bad form

18.00

Ross Taylor's average in his last 11 T20I innings, including his innings today. He has scored 144 runs in those innings at S/R of just 112.50 with highest of 28*.

Best beginners

82.33

Average opening stand for NZ in T20Is in 2016, easily the best for any team. SA have the next best (43.60) followed by Aus (43).

High scoring venue

176

Average score batting first at this venue in all T20s, before this match in 15 T20s. In 13 T20s where all 20 overs were possible, the teams scored 170 or more 9 times.

After a long time

2010

Last time Australia and New Zealand faced each others in a T20I, before this game. In the 5 games till then, Aus won four and one was tied which NZ won in super-over.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Super 10 Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
WI43160.359
ENG43160.145
SA42240.651
SL4132-0.461
AFG4132-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
NZ44081.9
INDIA4316-0.305
AUS42240.233
PAK4132-0.093
BDESH4040-1.805
First Round Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
BDESH32051.938
NL31130.154
OMAN3113-1.521
IRE3021-0.685
First Round Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
AFG33061.54
ZIM3214-0.567
SCOT3122-0.132
HKG3030-1.017