5th T20I, Wellington, March 07, 2021, Australia tour of New Zealand
(15.3/20 ov, T:143) 143/3

New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
71 (46) & 3 catches
Player Of The Series
13 wkts
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3:13pm New Zealand pose with the trophy, and that is all from our live coverage tonight. Thanks for joining us through the series. We shall see you soon. On behalf of Gnasher and Ranjith, this is goodbye.

Williamson: Increidbly hard fought series, momentum shifts throughout. To adjust on this surface after the first two games on this pitch was very pleasing. We know how strong the Australian side is, we just wanted to put on a much improved performance. In some ways we got exposed on that surface. It was a little better today and a really good all-round performance. I suppose when you're playing three games on the same surface, you get clear about what to do. Thanks to Aaron and his team for coming to our shores, quarantine isn't an easy thing to do.

Finch: We probably just weren't aggressive enough with the bat. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Couple of us put time in the innings and didn't go on. If one of us gets 60-70 it's a different picture. I thought the pitch played pretty well today. Mitch Santner bowled well with the new ball. I thought for a drop-in wicket to hold up for three games is credit to the groundsman. I think what we've been talking about is gradual improvement, constant improvement from game one was exciting. Would have been nice to win but NZ is a great side.

Sodhi: I suppose in these conditions you have to be as aggressive as possible. Thankfully the big boys at the start created pressure. The batsmen adapted brilliantly today to chase that score down. It's always nice to get wickets, grateful the guys at the other end creating the pressure.

Ish Sodhi is the Player of the Series.

Guptill: Today we wanted to not back down from the fight. Devon's opened a lot for Wellington over the years. Wouldn't say I went off from ball one, but it was good to get a partnership there with Devon. Six-hitting, I guess, is just about trusting you can get enough bat on it.

Martin Guptill is the Player of the Match.

2:59pm Hugs and handshakes all around as New Zealand overcome the hiccups in their last two games to take this series convincingly. The bowling delivered as a whole today for them, Ish Sodhi once again among the wickets and doing most of the damage. Economical stuff from the rest of the bowlers too before the brand new opening stand of Guptill and Conway delivered. They had impetus at the start, which turned into confident stroke-making and eventually into a century stand powered by some trademark Guptill strikes. Once it got there, Australia had little resistance to offer and Phillips made them pay.

Zampa to Phillips, SIX runs

clubbed over long-on for the series win! Lovely little cameo from Phillips here, came out looking to hit boundaries and nailed it. This is tossed up and once again he clears the front leg to make room and goes against the turn with a lofted drive

Zampa to Phillips, no run

length and pushed through flat at leg stump, clipped to midwicket

Zampa to Phillips, SIX runs

slog swept over wide long-on! Length ball dipping outside off. Might have been a googly. Makes no difference once Phillips is down on his knee and gets a clean swing at this

end of over 157 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 131/3CRR: 8.73 RRR: 2.40
Mark Chapman1 (2b)
Glenn Phillips22 (13b 5x4)
Jhye Richardson 3-0-19-1
Riley Meredith 4-0-39-2
Jhye Richardson to Chapman, no run

short of a length and across the corridor, looks for the pull and is beaten

Jhye Richardson to Phillips, 1 run

length and into leg stump, flicked to deep square

Jhye Richardson to Chapman, 1 run

short of a length at leg stump, short arm pull to fine leg's right

Jhye Richardson to Phillips, 1 run

length and just outside off, nudged towards point from the crease

Jhye Richardson to Phillips, FOUR runs

all-four Phillips gets a fifth. Full and just outside off, strong base as he allows that to come on, then opens the face very late to get a sweet drive wide of mid-off

Chapman is in at 5

Jhye Richardson to Guptill, OUT

taken at short fine. Looks to pump this short of a length delivery over deep midwicket but it gets big on him. A top edge is all he can get and Marsh takes a simple one around the corner. Guptill walks off to a standing ovation, he's set New Zealand up for a series win

Martin Guptill c Marsh b Richardson 71 (46b 7x4 4x6 66m) SR: 154.34
end of over 1413 runs
NZ: 124/2CRR: 8.85 RRR: 3.16
Glenn Phillips16 (10b 4x4)
Martin Guptill71 (45b 7x4 4x6)
Riley Meredith 4-0-39-2
Ashton Agar 4-0-26-0

All scoring shots from Phillips have been boundaries so far.

Meredith to Phillips, FOUR runs

creamed through the covers. No one on the rope there. It's overpitched at the stumps, his front leg is in the leg side to create swinging room and he connects sweetly

Meredith to Phillips, FOUR runs

pulled in front of square. Short and sitting up at hip height. Stays put in the crease and slaps it on the rise

Meredith to Phillips, no run

short of a length outisde off, mistimed pull to mid-on

Meredith to Phillips, FOUR runs

drilled past the bowler's head! Length ball at 147kph, clears the front leg and gives that a big punch. Meredith has to go to floor to avoid that in his follow through

Meredith to Phillips, no run

catches him on his right thigh. Short of a length and skidding rapidly on, 148kph, as he shapes to pull. It was too full and he was cramped

A slip and a gully now

Meredith to Guptill, 1 run

short of a length and just outisde off, 147kph. Hangs leg side of that and steers to third man

Here is Meredith now with the hat-trick ball. Slip is in.

end of over 135 runs
NZ: 111/2CRR: 8.53 RRR: 4.57
Glenn Phillips4 (5b 1x4)
Martin Guptill70 (44b 7x4 4x6)
Ashton Agar 4-0-26-0
Riley Meredith 3-0-26-2
Agar to Phillips, FOUR runs

swatted over mid-on! Full and into leg stump, uses the angle to get his hands through this and lift it over the infield

Agar to Phillips, no run

short of a length and turning away from off, pushed into the off side off the back foot

Agar to Phillips, no run

length and into middle stump, hurriedly pushed towards mid-on off the back foot

Agar to Phillips, no run

full and just outisde off, mistimed drive to extra cover

Agar to Phillips, no run

good length and into middle stump, deep in the crease to pat it down the pitch

A slip is in

Agar to Guptill, 1 run

full at off stump, driven along the floor to long-off