New Zealand vs Australia: T20 tri-series final, cricket live scores, blog, highlights

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    New Zealand v Australia

    Eden Park, February 21, 2018

    Final - Tri-Series in Australia/New Zealand 2018


    Can New Zealand burst the Australian bubble in the trans-Tasman T20 tri-series final at Eden Park, or will the visitors make it five wins in a row? Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5pm (AEDT).

    It’s that ground again. Pitches have been the cynosure of ICC’s watchful eyes recently, but most of these have been in Test match cricket.

    However, the surface and more vitally the dimensions of Eden Park have been the talking points from the previous game which saw Australia chase down over 240 against the Kiwis to carry a 100 per cent record into the final.

    A flat pitch and some of the shortest boundaries in world cricket, along with an in-form batting line-up of some of the best T20 players in the world saw the record-breaking target easily achieved in the end.

    The bowlers from both sides will hope for something more out of the surface, but the groundsmen will need to tread that fine line – water the surface too much and who knows, a repeat of that low-scoring 2015 World Cup game could be in pipeline.

    Either way, Australia will enter the game with the kind of confidence they would probably have never experienced in this format. Not only have they won four games in a row, beating both New Zealand and England twice apiece, the wins have been quite one-sided.

    New Zealand, on the other hand, has struggled. Their solitary win in the group stage of the competition came early in the tournament when they edged England out by 12 runs and only qualified thanks to a slightly better net run-rate than England.

    In their previous game which they could lose by up to 20 runs and still qualify, New Zealand fell away towards the end and lost by a couple of runs. Going into the final, and despite the lottery that is associated with this format of the game, the form of both teams leading up to this game couldn’t be further apart.

    Australia has all their bases covered but one – they have never batted first in this tournament.

    Their wins have all come chasing targets and it would be interesting to see how they go about defending a target at Eden Park.

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    • 9:23pm
      jamesb said | 9:23pm | ! Report

      Geez, a few weeks ago we were minnows in twenty/20, now we are kings of the world. Congrats Australia. Feel for Lynny.

    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 8:55pm | ! Report

      Great result for us.

      Feel for Lynn. As someone who has had many should reco’s and dislocations I know just how hard this will be for him to make anything like a full comeback.

      • 9:36pm
        Perry Bridge said | 9:36pm | ! Report

        But it shows the folly of selecting him if he really did have a “Don’t dive” clause that he’s seemingly gone against. Done the ‘good’ shoulder now it appears.

        • 9:42pm
          canetoad said | 9:42pm | ! Report

          Disappointing for Lynn, another Aussie season gone begging, though he’ll be right mate. Hopefully he can stay on track for another India IPL standout performance and beyond and be good to go for the Heat come end of this year!

    • Columnist

      Ronan O'Connell said | 8:52pm | ! Report

      This series is the most dominant stretch of T20I performances Australia have produced in the history of the format.

      Which says more about how poor they’ve been over the decade of T20Is than about how good they’ve been this month.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:48pm | ! Report

      Ashton Agar, as expected, is the man of the match. Three wickets that restricted New Zealand to 150 in those kind of playing conditions.

      Glenn Maxwell wins the man-of-the-series award as expected too.

      That’s that from me. Australia head to South Africa (or most of the players already have) while New Zealand host England in the next few days. Wishing you very happy cricket days ahead. Good evening.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:41pm | ! Report

      That’s a first.

      – Australia has now won six consecutive Twenty20 Internationals for just the 2nd time; the other winning streak was during the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies- Australia is now 1st on the ICC Twenty20 International rankings for the first time since they began in 2011— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) February 21, 2018

    • 8:41pm
      canetoad said | 8:41pm | ! Report

      Well done Aussie’s!

      Thanks for the call Suneer.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:38pm | ! Report

      Australia have won the final by 19 runs according to DLS system.

      The rain seemed to have relented but it looked like there wasn’t going to be enough time to dry up the outfield. As a result the game had to be abandoned and the Aussies were 19 runs ahead at that stage.

      Australia complete an impressive title win, winning five games in a row, and climb to the top of the ICC Rankings. Brilliant all-round display.

      • 8:41pm
        doogs said | 8:41pm | ! Report

        Well done Australia on winning the final and becoming number one. Fantastic effort. Great energy throughout

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:32pm | ! Report

      The rain’s stopped and that means the covers are coming off. However, the outfield might not be in the best condition.

      Might take some time.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:09pm | ! Report

      It’s started raining. Again. They have to get off the field with Australia way ahead at this stage.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:09pm | ! Report

      Ans now Finch looks to have sealed the deal. The pressure had been building but a six in the previous over and now another one by Finch in this one against Santner does it.

      30 needed from 32.

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