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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
97 (50)
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New Zealand survive Marcus Stoinis-Daniel Sams onslaught to earn 2-0 series lead

Martin Guptill returned to form with 97 while Jimmy Neesham had a key impact with bat and ball

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand219/7(20 overs)
Australia215/8(20 overs)
end of over 2010 runs • 2 wickets
AUS: 215/8CRR: 10.75 
Jhye Richardson4 (1)
Kane Richardson0 (0)
James Neesham 1-0-10-2
Tim Southee 4-0-47-1

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

19.6
4
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

19.5
W
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
19.4
6
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

19.3
Neesham to Stoinis, no run

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

19.2
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.

19.1
W
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
Daniel Sams41 (14)
Marcus Stoinis72 (33)
Tim Southee 4-0-47-1
Trent Boult 4-0-30-0

Jimmy Neesham comes into the bowl the last over

18.6
1
Southee to Sams, 1 run

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

18.5
1
Southee to Stoinis, 1 run

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

18.4
6
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!

18.3
4
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

18.2
1
Southee to Sams, 1 run

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

18.1
1
Southee to Stoinis, 1 run

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

18.1
1w
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

end of over 186 runs
AUS: 190/6CRR: 10.55 RRR: 15.00
Marcus Stoinis60 (29)
Daniel Sams39 (12)
Trent Boult 4-0-30-0
Kyle Jamieson 4-0-56-0

Superb over from Boult

17.6
1
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run

yorker on off, 137kph, he can only dig it out to long on

Prasanth : "This is the Sams we know from BBL , this is crazy hitting "

17.5
1
Boult to Sams, 1 run

low full toss, he crunches a drive and it his the umpire's foot! That might have been going for four! They only get one

17.4
1
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run

137kph, yorker on off, he jams this to wide long on, Sams wants an easy two but Stoinis sent him back. He just slipped

17.4
1w
Boult to Stoinis, 1 wide

Stoinis steps outside off, this slower ball swings just down leg and it's called wide

17.3
Boult to Stoinis, no run

133kph, full toss, he drives this hard but straight to cover. He keeps missing out on full tosses

Malli: "If this is not carnage I don't know what else is! "

17.2
1
Boult to Sams, 1 run

yorker on middle, he can only drive this along the ground to long on

17.1
1
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run

length ball, angled across the right hander, he carves this flat and straight to deep cover

Boult back at a critical moment

Best performances - batters
Martin Guptill portrait
MJ Guptill NZ
97 runs (50)
6 fours
8 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
off drive
26 runs
1 four
3 sixes
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Marcus Stoinis portrait
MP Stoinis AUS
78 runs (37)
7 fours
5 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
pull
19 runs
0 four
3 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Santner portrait
MJ Santner NZ
O
4
M
0
R
31
W
4
ECO
7.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Player portrait, Kane Richardson
KW Richardson AUS
O
4
M
0
R
43
W
3
ECO
10.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
University Oval, Dunedin
TossAustralia, elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of New Zealand
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill
Series resultNew Zealand led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 1124
Match days25 February 2021 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Chris Gaffaney
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Shaun Haig
TV Umpire
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Chris Brown
Reserve Umpire
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Wayne Knights
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe