that's the match! Finished, aptly, with another six...a full toss is drilled way back into the crowd at long-on
Australia win by five wickets with the highest T20 chase in history. What an extraordinary match, even with the short boundaries. That winning six was the 32nd of the match and equals the most in a single game. Phew, I need to catch by breath! And, amid all this, the result means England are still alive in the tri-series. They played New Zealand at Hamilton on Sunday. In a match of 488 runs, did the way Australia finished with the ball win that?
Satish kumar: "This match was more like highlights of that Johannesburg match b/w Aus and SAF"
Jigar: "Finch is a silent contributor of this Aus team. his score of 36* of 14 ball is a clear difference between two team. While NZ middle order failed to accelerate Finch doing it without any fuzz. He can be long term no. 4 for Aus in ODI too."
Peter: "32 sixes in 39 overs..... I guess that is what the T20 crowds want, and hopefully there's not the thinking to make this the norm rather than the exception. But you never know what money can deliver."
Burli: "Can someone crunch the numbers for what extent England need to be New Zealand by on Sunday to get through to the final?" Being worked on now
Man of the match is D'Arcy Short. "Great run chase by the boys. We knew we had the firepower to do it."
Kane Williamson. "It was a very good surface, small ground. We've sometimes seen scores on the lower side here. At the halfway point you feel you have a fairly good score on the board. It's a very tough one, Australia played very nicely. Hard to be too critical of the bowlers. Half hits would go 20 rows back. Any time Mitch plays he's outstanding, you want to have him but injuries happen. All the bowlers will feel it today, tough to swallow, but we need to bounce back. Hamilton will be a different surface."
David Warner "Fantastic effort from the guys, you just have to take the scoreboard out of it. We brought it back slightly [with the ball], a fantastic knock by New Zealand as well. I said from day one to have a lot of energy, keep a smile on your face. Was a fantastic surface. 240 might not be enough in the final! We'll need to think about it. Early wickets are the key."
Well, what an evening that was. I'll wrap things up there. There'll be more reaction on the site over the next few hours. But for now, from Alan and Gnasher, it's goodbye and see you on Sunday.
full, wide outside off, carved over point to the sweeper
steers a full delivery through point, as he made it back for the second? No, he hasn't! A few inches short. Seifert did well to gather the ball and get it back to the stumps
Karthik K: "I remember reading an article in Cricinfo regarding how to build a T20 team, looks like AUS selectors hv read that, packed top 7 with 4 power hitters and with couple of accumulators (openers) and an allrounder (Stoinis) and 4 bowlers who cn hit some runs at the end." Here's that piece by Jarrod Kimber
goes full, driven in the air into the leg side, lands between long-on and deep midwicket
a slower short ball, allows it to loop through to the keeper and gets the wide call
full, wide outside off, driven to deep cover
beaten this time as he tries to ramp a short ball to third man
excellent placement, back of a length outside off, chopped down to third man...the fielder was inside the circle
gets underneath this pull but it lands well short of fine leg
paddles another short delivery down to fine leg
short of a length, helped behind square on the leg side
back of a length, misses an attempt pull and gets smack in the stomach
Less than a run-a-ball needed. Mind-boggling.
that's just a nudge down the ground, full outside off and help over long-on with barely any fuss...a lot happened in that over
lovely shot by Finch, Boult came round the wicket, was angling into the pads just a touch and it was flicked past short fine leg
Stoinis with the chance to win the game on the scene of his 146
top edge, and taken! A short ball, Short goes for the pull, it goes high in the air and Seifert has plenty of time to get around to short fine leg
round the wicket, a wide yorker outside off, calmly steered down to third man
full at off stump, drilled down to long-on and it's caught but won't count
Wheeler takes his cap, the New Zealanders are looking pretty shellshocked at the moment. Well, Boult is going to bowl. Williamson gambling. Free hit to come
it's all going badly wrong. Finds deep midwicket where it's taken, is it another no-ball for height?! They are checking it...this will be called again, over waist height. Wheeler is out of the attack after those two full tosses
Those two balls could seal the game
oh dear, a full toss wide outside off, a free swing for Finch and he gets a thick edge past a diving wicketkeeper
that's costly! A huge full toss, takes a big top edge as Finch swings across the line and it flies down to fine leg
Wheeler will bowl his last over