Australia, Pakistan tied for no. 1 position in ICC T20I rankings

A splendid slow-bowling performance from Ashton Agar helped Australia beat New Zealand by 19 runs (D/L method) in the T20 tri-series final at Eden Park on Wednesday.

Australia's bowlers took revenge after being thrashed for 243 by the Black Caps at the same ground last Friday, led by spinner Ashton Agar's career-best T20 figures for three for 27.

Ross Taylor's 43 off 38 balls was the highlight of a poor New Zealand batting display.

David Warner and D'Arcy Short were not in the mood for nuance, taking Australia to 55-0 after six overs, which is where the score remained until the first batch of rain had cleared.

It might still be considered a bit of "hit and giggle" by traditionalists around the world, but as the rise in popularity of Twenty20 cricket has staggered all and sundry, the seriousness with which teams approach the format has gone from the heady days of retro shirts, headbands and fuzzy afros when Australia travelled to New Zealand for the first worldwide game to big business.

New Zealand's poor record in Auckland continues, the Kiwis have now lost five consecutive T20I matches at Eden Park in Auckland. He denied another 132-run partnership between the New Zealand openers that had changed the course of the game on Friday.

Australia has turned over a new leaf in T20 cricket, winning all four preliminary matches to easily march into the final.

Australia were 121 for three in reply to New Zealand's 150 for nine when play was abandoned after 14.4 overs, giving them a 19-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Warner followed suit and was bowled for 25.

"Hopefully it starts to take a little bit more turn and offers a little more assistance to the bowlers to create that balance between bat and ball", he said.

Guptill hit 21 while Munro notched a rapid-fire 29. Neither England nor New Zealand could challenge the Aussie team under David Warner.

Chris Lynn dislocated his shoulder midway through the New Zealand innings after diving for a ball near mid-wicket, but in spite of his loss Australia went on to calmly chased down the modest run target.

"I have no problem with that as a scenario going forward as we play more and more worldwide T20 cricket".

"We always try to coach the guys at training to start well with your first six [deliveries], and we try to make it game-scenarios as much as we can in the nets where they try to execute their best ball".

  • Stacy Allen