New Zealand played their Twenty20 series against Australia in Wellington on Sunday, following the inauguration of centuries by Martin Guptill and Devon Conway. Set a target of 143 runs to win in the fifth and final match, New Zealand claimed the win by seven wickets and won the series 3–2 with 3 wickets off 27 balls. After batting out extensively in matches three and four, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who was batting second, knew he would have to be innovative to win the series after losing the toss and was asked to bowl first.
He insisted on spin with his slow bowlers sending 12 overs, the highest for New Zealand in a Twenty20 match, and took four wickets out of eight.
“We wanted to do a lot better in the last two and it was great that we could show some signs of improvement,” Williams said.
“Clearly, the slow bowlers on that wicket were a bit tricky.”
Out of the spin brigade, Ish Sodhi scored 3–24 from his four overs, with Hong Kong-born Mark Chapman, bowling for the first time for New Zealand, 1-9 from two, and Mitchell Sentner scoring only 21 of his four overs. lamps.
Guptill, who were going into the series, gave his critics a 71-run knock, including seven fours and four sixes, while Conway added 106 for the first wicket.
New Zealand faltered when Kane Williamson went for the first ball but Guptill denied Riley Meredith a hat-trick.
Glenn Phillips scored 34 runs with the help of five fours and two sixes from New Zealand.
Although a Kovid-19 outbreak in Auckland forced the last three matches to be played in Wellington on a single wicket in a span of five days, Australian captain Aaron Finch said it was his side's batting and not the dress, which Spends tourists.
“We might not have been aggressive off the bat, topped ourselves,” he said.
“We didn't get enough runs. We lost wickets at regular intervals. I felt (the pitch) is playing quite well and Mitch Santner bowled beautifully with the new ball and didn't let us get away with a flyer.”
matthew Wade scored 44 for the tourists while Finch scored 36 and Marcus Stoinis scored 24.
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