Wednesday , 23 May 2018

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Ashton Agar, D’Arcy Short help Australia win T20I tri-series title

Ashton Agar picked 3/27 and D’Arcy Short smashed a rapid 50 as Australia beat New Zealand by 19 runs (DLS) to win the final of the Twenty20 Tri Series at Eden Park in Auckland.

New Zealand had elected to bat after winning the toss in a ground with small boundaries. With power-hitters like Martin Guptill and Colin Munro as openers, New Zealand had hoped to post a daunting total and put Australia under pressure in a final.

However, Agar denied the Black Caps that opportunity as he snared 3/27 off his four overs to restrict the hosts to a below-par 150/9 off their 20 overs.

Guptill and Munro had got New Zealand off to a flying start but once they were both sent back by the sixth over, the hosts lost their way. Ross Taylor tried to add some bulk to the eventual total and remained unbeaten on 43 but he did not find any support from the other batsmen.

Australia had been dealt a massive blow earlier during the New Zealand innings when they lost Chris Lynn to another shoulder injury. However, Short and skipper David Warner started off aggressively and added 72 off eight overs before the former fell to Munro.

Australia then lost Warner (25) in the 10th over. Agar, who had walked in at No.3 instead of Lynn did not long last but Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch got Australia close to the target.

The match was called off when rain stopped play for the second time and Australia were declared winners by the DLS method. They finished with five wins out of matches in the tournament which also featured England as the third team.

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