2nd T20I, Dunedin, Feb 25 2021, Australia tour of New Zealand
(20 ov, target 220)215/8
New Zealand won by 4 runs
player of the match
Martin Guptill
New Zealand
end of over 2010 runs • 2 wickets
AUS: 215/8CRR: 10.75 
Jhye Richardson4 (1)
Kane Richardson0 (0)
James Neesham1-0-10-2
Tim Southee4-0-47-1

That concludes our coverage from Dunedin. A fantastic game of T20I cricket. New Zealand go 2-0 up in the series. The two teams will meet again in Wellington for game three next Wednesday. Thanks for your company today. Goodbye and stay safe.

5.30pm Presentation

Martin Guptill is Player of the Match for his 97: "I'm a little bit cooked at the moment but it's nice to get some runs and another win. My mind has been clear. Things just haven't gone my way. It was nice to spend some time in the middle today. Getting the win is the most important thing."

Kane Williamson: "There were flashbacks there from the last time Stoinis hit a hundred. Incredible partnership from Stoinis and Sams at the end there. As we know on these sorts of grounds anything can happen and you have to be on your toes. I think it was a pretty strong performance from us across the board. But it was a very good game and it's such a small margin in T20 cricket."

Aaron Finch: "It was a great game of cricket. That partnership between Stoinis and Daniel Sams was extraordinary hitting. It was brilliant to get it back to 12 an over from 16 and a half. Trent bowled a beautiful over which halted our momentum. All in all a great game to be a part of. It would have been good to be on the winning side of it though. I thought that we didn't bowl too badly today. Gup played a brilliant innings. There was some brilliant hitting batting on both sides."

New Zealand win by 4 runs. What an amazing game of cricket. Australia looked dead and buried when Mitchell Santner took three wickets in an over. But Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams produced some of the best hitting you will ever see. They made 92 off 37 deliveries and save for a couple of miscues at the end they nearly pulled it off. The partnership was the highest 7th wicket stand in T20I history.

Sampath Bandarupalli: 32 - West Indies vs India, Lauderhill, 2016

32 - New Zealand vs Australia, Auckland, 2018

31 - India vs Sri Lanka, Indore, 2017

31 - New Zealand vs Australia, Dunedin, Today

Neesham to Jhye Richardson, FOUR runs

sliced past short third man. Not enough for Australia. A wide yorker and he carved it into the gap

Neesham to Stoinis, OUT

caught at long on! New Zealand survive! It was a length ball in that slot that could have disappeared, but Stoinis tried to go over long on and sliced across it, hit it high in the air to straight long on and Southee took a good catch

Marcus Stoinis c Southee b Neesham 78 (47m 37b 7x4 5x6) SR: 210.81
Neesham to Stoinis, SIX runs

launched over long on! Finally nails a full toss! Low full toss on middle, he used the bottom hand to lift it over long on

Neesham to Stoinis, no run

low full toss, he miscues to long on and calls no. Stoinis is backing himself to do it himself

Neesham to Stoinis, no run

Stoinis steps outside off, Neesham delivers a 134kph length ball just down leg but it's not called wide! Stoinis moved his stance

Stoinis on strike as they crossed

What an innings from Sams. He throws his helmet in anger when he gets into the rooms.

Neesham to Sams, OUT

holes out to deep midwicket! A full toss in the slot, he got a good piece of it but it's one of the longest boundaries and it fell just a metre short, Phillips waited under it and held his nerve inside the rope!

Daniel Sams c Phillips b Neesham 41 (30m 15b 2x4 4x6) SR: 273.33
end of over 1915 runs
AUS: 205/6CRR: 10.78 RRR: 15.00 • Need 15 runs from 6b
Daniel Sams41 (14)
Marcus Stoinis72 (33)
Tim Southee4-0-47-1
Trent Boult4-0-30-0

Jimmy Neesham comes into the bowl the last over

Southee to Sams, 1 run

yorker, brilliantly bowled, he can only jam this out to cover

Southee to Stoinis, 1 run

full toss outside off, 128kph, he mistimes it straight to cover! Another full toss yields just one

Southee to Stoinis, SIX runs

launched over deep midwicket! Short slower ball sat in the surface, he was back waiting and he muscled it way back over deep midwicket!

Southee to Stoinis, FOUR runs

glanced wide of short fine! Attempted yorker at leg but it strayed down leg and Stoinis flicked it with the bottom hand wide of short fine with ease

Southee to Sams, 1 run

135kph, yorker at leg stump, he whips this behind square to the man in the deep

Southee to Stoinis, 1 run

length slower ball wide of off, he hammers this straight to deep point

Southee to Stoinis, 1 wide

length ball outside off, tight to the guide line and called wide! Southee is furious because Stoinis had set up outside off

Tim Southee. Jimmy Neesham will have to bowl the last