3rd T20I (N), Wellington, Mar 3 2021, Australia tour of New Zealand
(17.1/20 ov, target 209)144
Australia won by 64 runs
player of the match
Ashton Agar

10.18pm And that is all from our live coverage tonight. We'll see you soon for the fourth T20I.

Aaron Finch: Nice when you contribute to a win. I suppose that partnership with Maxi allowed us to go deeper. When you get wickets in the powerplay and having the rate at 10 and a half and 11 already, they had to take risks, you squeeze them and that was the difference tonight. Everyone is bloody excited to see Riley. We knew that we weren't too far off in the last game, we were pretty close in the first. We're a young team but that's not an excuse, we come here to win. To be 2-1 is...okay, we're still alive.

Kane Williamson: I thought Australia played outstandingly well. the momentum they got with the bat, we ended up defending a lot of the time. When you get 210 it's always a pretty healthy total. At the same time it was a very good surface. We managed a reasonable start but we lost wickets, which doesn't help. Obviously had to take a few extra risks which didn't go our way either. [Preparation for next game] It's probably no training, just try to make some subtle adjustments. I guess playing on the same surface for three games there's something to look at as well.

Ashton Agar is the Player of the Match.

10.08pm This is comprehensive from Australia. Bat and ball - they've blown New Zealand away tonight. Wasn't the worst of starts in chase, at least in terms of their run rate. But they lost wickets regularly in that opening half, and then Agar came in and ripped their innings apart in one single over. The wickets of Conway, Neesham and Phillips in the 13th over; the pumphouse of that New Zealand middle-order. There would be no recovery after that and he didn't stop there either - three more to cap off sublime bowling figures. Riley Meredith had a fantastic debut tonight as well, constantly clocking over 145kph, occasionally clearing 150kph as well. Two wickets for him, one of them being Kane Williamson. Australia win by 64 runs and this series is alive.

Kane Richardson to Sodhi, OUT

and that is that. Richardson takes it pitch side off his own bowling. Good length ball at the stumps, Sodhi clears the front leg and gives it a big heave. It's a skier and taken comfortably around hort midwicket

Ish Sodhi c & b KW Richardson 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
end of over 1712 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 144/9CRR: 8.47 RRR: 21.67 • Need 65 runs from 18b
Ish Sodhi1 (1)
Ashton Agar4-0-30-6
Jhye Richardson3-0-34-0

Austen: "@Gavin, you're sitting around the campfire, you play your cards right, and you end up with the marshmellows - its not perjorative.."

Agar to Jamieson, OUT

oh this looks good for a six-for. Umpire's given lbw, Jamieson reviews. It's a straighter one at off and middle. Jamieson steps across to try and ramp it fine. He's caught on the knee flap of his front leg, in front of middle stump. No bat or glove on it. Wickets will be umpire's call. That is six wickets for Agar. Incredible spell!

Kyle Jamieson lbw b Agar 11 (12m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 122.22
Agar to Jamieson, FOUR runs

short and wide outside off, backs away and slaps it over extra cover with a flat bat

Gavin: "Austen. How is agar getting the wickets of 4,5 and 6 in one over the marshmallow's? Nice way to diminish what was a fantastic over that has put Australia firmly in the box seat. "

Agar to Sodhi, 1 run

good length at off stump, jabbed into the covers off the back foot

Agar to Jamieson, 1 run

good length on middle stump, forced down to long-on with a big swing

Agar to Chapman, OUT

a five-for from Agar! And completed by a very good take from Zampa. Length ball outside off, top edge on the slog sweep hangs to Zampa's right at short third. Swerves away from him and after running sideways to his right, he's forced to then dive forward and to his right. Manages to take it inches off the ground

Mark Chapman c Zampa b Agar 18 (17m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 180
Agar to Chapman, SIX runs

sent a long way over deep midwicket! Clean slog sweep that. Length outside off, gets nice and low and uses the turn to send that on its way

end of over 1612 runs
NZ: 132/7CRR: 8.25 RRR: 19.25 • Need 77 runs from 24b
Mark Chapman12 (8)
Kyle Jamieson6 (6)
Jhye Richardson3-0-34-0
Ashton Agar3-0-18-4
Jhye Richardson to Chapman, 1 run

yorker at off stump, jams it to deep midwicket's right

Jhye Richardson to Chapman, 2 runs

full slower ball at middle stump. Backs away to open up the off side, but this is mistimed and ends up at long-on

Jhye Richardson to Chapman, FOUR runs

oh nicely put away. Length ball at middle stump, stands tall and just half a punch to get it past the bowler's face

Austen: "Agar's getting all the marshmellows, but it was the pressure and early wickets from Meredith's bowling that set it all up, to my mind.."

Guy incognito: "Is there an opposite award to player of the match? Poor Neesham can't have had a worse day"

Jhye Richardson to Jamieson, 1 run

full at middle stump, mistimed drive to long-on

Jhye Richardson to Jamieson, no run

yorker at middle stump, jammed down the pitch

Jhye Richardson to Jamieson, FOUR runs

dropped at long-on. Length ball at middle stump, offers the full face and lofts it. The pace takes it to Finch at the boundary, but he loses his bearings after getting under it to his left

end of over 154 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 120/7CRR: 8.00 RRR: 17.80 • Need 89 runs from 30b
Kyle Jamieson1 (3)
Mark Chapman5 (5)
Ashton Agar3-0-18-4
Riley Meredith4-0-24-2

Richard: "@James - its been a series for bad drop calls - Guppy, Finch and now Agar. As a NZ fan I think Neesham should be dropped for the next game......"

Agar to Jamieson, 1 run

good length at off stump, punched off the front foot to long-off

Agar to Jamieson, no run

short of a length at off stump, patted into the covers off the back foot

Agar to Jamieson, no run

arm ball at a length on middle stump, deep in the crease to pat that into the leg side

Agar to Chapman, 1 run

full and fast outside off, thick inside edge on the attempted slog sweep

Agar to Chapman, 2 runs

short of deep square! Meredith tentative running in for this but it swerves away. Chapman got a top edge on his attempted pull

James: "Remember that comment at the start that stated Agar should be dropped? Ahhh hindsight is a magical thing..."

Agar to Southee, OUT

must be great to be Agar. Lobs this loopy length ball outisde off, Southee's feet are down leg side, his bat swishing well outside off. Ends up chipping it to Maxwell at long-off

Tim Southee c Maxwell b Agar 5 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33