AUS vs NZ: Trans-Tasman Trophy, 1st T20I
AUS vs NZ Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell propelled Australia to a convincing seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first tri-series Twenty20 match AUS vs NZ at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday (February 3).
Lynn (44 runs from 33 balls) and Maxwell (40 not out from 24 balls) shared in a scorching 77-run stand from just 53 balls to steer Australia to the rain-reduced total of 95 from 15 overs with 21 balls to spare.
Despite a top-order wobble, in which captain David Warner and D’Arcy Short, the debutant, fell inside the first three overs, the belligerent power of Lynn and Maxwell swamped the Kiwi bowling attack in AUS vs NZ.
“We haven’t had a lot of success in T20 cricket and to get a win at the start of the AUS vs NZ tri-series is very good for us and builds some confidence within the team,” said Maxwell.
“It could have gone either way with two wickets down in the early power play and we were able to still play positively and play to our strengths.”
Australia’s victory was earlier set up by Billy Stanlake, the towering paceman, whose fierce pace justified Warner’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss, as he wrecked New Zealand’s top order with three wickets in the space of his first eight balls.
Stanlake startled Colin Munro with his high bounce for Alex Carey, the debutant wicketkeeper, to race out to point to complete the catch.
Martin Guptill was then flummoxed next ball by a perfect-length seamer that flicked the top of off stump.
Stanlake narrowly missed his hat-trick as Tom Bruce clipped an attempted yorker through the leg side for three.
“I don’t want to put a ceiling on how fast I can bowl,” Stanlake told Channel Nine. “I want to push harder each year and hopefully I can keep doing that as my body matures.”
Andrew Tye claimed four wickets as Australia restricted New Zealand to a below-par 117 for nine off their 20 overs in first tri-series of AUS vs NZ.
Tye mopped up the Kiwi tail to finish with four wickets for 23, while Stanlake claimed three wickets inside the powerplay to dismantle the Kiwis’ top order.
Australia had New Zealand at 60 for five before Colin de Grandhomme hit an unbeaten 38 from 24 balls with three sixes and a four.
De Grandhomme launched two massive sixes off leg-spinner Adam Zampa with the Black Caps managing just four sixes in the entire innings.
Stanlake underlined why he is one of the hottest prospects in the country and locked up on a Cricket Australia central contract.
Tye’s first wicket owed much to Warner’s catch, running back to make the grab and remove Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, for eight from 21 balls.
Australia plays England in the second match of the tri-series in Hobart on Wednesday.
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