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New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd T20I at Auckland, NZ v AUS, Feb 23 2024 - Ball by Ball Commentary

2nd T20I (N), Auckland, February 23, 2024, Australia tour of New Zealand
(17/20 ov, T:175) 102

Australia won by 72 runs

Player Of The Match
28 (22) & 1/19
Cricinfo's MVP
87.21 ptsImpact List
Full commentary
end of over 171 run • 2 wickets
NZ: 102/10CRR: 6.00 RRR: 24.33 • Need 73 runs from 18b
Ben Sears2 (6b)
Nathan Ellis 3-0-16-2
Adam Zampa 4-0-34-4

10.22pm That was comprehensive. Australia's bowling made it seem like this match was happening at the WACA. Not a ground so tiny and batting friendly that it is on occasion rubbished a bit. Eden Park, in addition to its 50m boundaries, also offers extra bounce and boy did those tall quicks made the most of it. Josh Hazlewood was pristine, bowling 17 dot balls in a 24-over spell, and that included a maiden. Even the captain Mitchell Marsh was able to keep hitting the deck and create problems, largely because of how well they held their line. When the ball keeps kicking up at you and you never get any room to free the arms, you feel trapped. NZ were trapped in this chase. Until next time, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Alex Malcolm. Take care and cheers.

Mitchell Marsh: "Great win for Australia. Our backs were against the wall. I thought we were 50 short. But the way our bowlers came out and performed was outstanding. A collective effort. It's one of those grounds were you get lured into the short boundaries. The wicket was good. Had steep bounce which we should be used to. One of our mantras as a batting unit is to keep taking the game on and trusting our skills. I was proud of the fact we did that. I think all of our teams have been backed into corners in the last 12 months and we've found a way to get out of them. Tonight was another great example of that."

Mitchell Santner: "We were pretty happy at halfway, especially after the start they got off to. Credit to the boys. To get wickets through the middle was key, it was the only way to slow them down really. Lockie showed his class again tonight. I thought Sears bowled extremely well. It was Gary [Stead's] decision [re batting at No.3]. It was unfortunate with Dev. But some good news, it's not broken. We'll see how he goes in a couple of days but obviously the Test matches coming up are pretty important as well. Wickets in the powerplay, they way they hit their hard lengths, playing those cross-bat shots were quite difficult. Maybe we could have soaked it up a bit longer."

Pat Cummins is the Player of the Match: Dunno how I got this, but I'll take it. Yeah, batting wise, some came off the edges and I guess I'll take it. I love it [not captaining] Just going off to the boundary and coming in to bowl. I love it. [Why are Australia's bowlers so good?] First of all tonight, the wicket helped, had a little bit in it. Everyone had a good night. [Wicket like the WACA?] That's right, it had a bit sideways.

Cricfan: "Unavailability for half the tournament is the only reason why Hazelwood isn't selected in the IPL! He is such a gem!"

Ellis to Ferguson, OUT

bowled im! Full and straight. Ferguson swings. Misses. And that's the end of that. Australia take a 2-0 lead and that means they will retain the Chappell-Hadlee series

Lockie Ferguson b Ellis 4 (7b 0x4 0x6 13m) SR: 57.14

Dave: "The coach in dugout shaking his head might be the answer to whether Conway is coming out to bat "

Krithika : "Had this been an ICC tournament, the margin of defeat/ victory would have got the NRR down / up . Just like the defeat NZ inflicted upon Australia in the WT20"

Ellis to Sears, 1 run

almost a yorker on middle and leg, Sears manages to send it to long-on

Ellis to Sears, no run

shortish, widish, Sears looks to slap it through point but again mis-hits

Ellis to Sears, no run

half an appeal for lbw with Sears caught in his crease trying his very best to put bat to ball. Its just not happening. Not when Ellis is getting hints of inward movement off the seam

Ellis to Sears, no run
Ellis to Sears, no run

raps him on the pads with a skidder, pitching on middle and cramping him for room. Sears tries to flick it away but its too quick for him

Devon Conway is in his full kit. Not a whole lot riding on this game for him to come out and influence it. But he has been cleared of a fracture. So maybe that allows him to go out and do his job, win or lose

end of over 1613 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 101/8CRR: 6.31 RRR: 18.50 • Need 74 runs from 24b
Ben Sears1 (1b)
Lockie Ferguson4 (6b)
Adam Zampa 4-0-34-4
Josh Hazlewood 4-1-12-1

Steven: "How would Moneyball assess relative IPL valuations of Cummins and Starc (AUD 3M each) versus Hazelwood (AUD 0)?"

Zampa to Sears, 1 run

drives to long-off

Zampa to Boult, OUT

outside edge and he's gone. Slows it right down. Keeps it tossed up. Boult's eyes light up, seeing he has more opportunities for big hits. The other trick Zampa does here is angle the ball into the right-hander, making him hit against the turn. From there, a little dip, a little grip and money for Smith at backward point

Trent Boult c Smith b Zampa 16 (11b 1x4 1x6 15m) SR: 145.45
Zampa to Boult, SIX runs

long levers now. Width on offer and Boult makes good use of it, going down on one knee and sending it soaring over wide long-on

Zampa to Boult, FOUR runs

slog sweeps a ball out of the base of off stump, powerful hit. Gets underneath the ball and then its all the strength in his forearms and wrists

Shubha: "Australia are doing Australian things in the Australian way. Amazed at their ability to keep winning across generations! That thirst for winning ! Just WoW!"

Zampa to Ferguson, 1 run

steps out and heaves the good length ball on middle and leg on the bounce to long-on

Zampa to Boult, 1 run

looks to attack, but Zampa gets the ball to dip and drift, securing an inside edge to deep square leg

end of over 154 runs
NZ: 88/7CRR: 5.86 RRR: 17.40 • Need 87 runs from 30b
Trent Boult5 (7b)
Lockie Ferguson3 (5b)
Josh Hazlewood 4-1-12-1
Adam Zampa 3-0-21-3
Hazlewood to Boult, 1 run

the flamingo comes out! Lifts his front leg off the floor as the shortish delivery is angled into his body and then calmly nudges it behind square leg

ShahSafeer: "Where's Jimmy Neesham disappeared? He holds really important place batting against good teams in this format. I hope he's in li"

Hazlewood to Boult, no run

looks to smash it into the leg side, but the back of a length ball whistles over the top of his top edge

Hazlewood to Ferguson, 1 run

steers a back of a length delivery outside off to deep third

Hazlewood to Ferguson, no run

goes back to knock a good length ball on middle and leg towards midwicket. Minor confusion about going for a single. Ferguson wants it. Boult sends him back. Maxwell could've got him with a direct hit

Hazlewood to Boult, 1 run

clears the front leg and slaps a good length ball outside off to mid-off

Junaid Anwar: "Zampa the best white ball bowler of the world right now with hasaranga and rashid khan closely following."

Hazlewood to Ferguson, 1 run

Ferguson rides the bounce of this short ball outside off and dinks it down to deep third

end of over 143 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 84/7CRR: 6.00 RRR: 15.16 • Need 91 runs from 36b
Trent Boult3 (4b)
Lockie Ferguson1 (2b)
Adam Zampa 3-0-21-3
Pat Cummins 3-0-19-1
Zampa to Boult, no run

googly on middle, Boult keeps it out

Zampa to Ferguson, 1 run

shortish and breaks away outside off, Ferguson chops it it away for a single

Win Probability
AUS 99.99%
100%50%100%AUS InningsNZ Innings

Over 17 • NZ 102/10

Lockie Ferguson b Ellis 4 (7b 0x4 0x6 13m) SR: 57.14
Australia won by 72 runs
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