In a do-or-die contest against New Zealand, Australia have registered the victory to level the five-match T20I series at 2-2 with one match to spare. The visitors once again displayed outstanding all-round cricket to beat the Kiwis by 50 runs on Friday at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
It all started with the Aussies winning the toss and electing to bat first. The decision went wrong as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. However, Australian skipper Aaron Finch, who found his form in the previous encounter, continued his run-making momentum.
Finch finished with unbeaten 79 runs from 55 deliveries laced up with five fours and four humungous sixes. Apart from the right-handed batsman, no other player was able to cross even the 20-run mark. Amid the falling of wickets from the other end, Finch kept on striking boundaries and led his side to post 156/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
The Victorian also surpassed David Warner to become Australia’s all-time leading T20 international run-scorer and just the sixth man overall to smash 100 international T20 sixes. Finch now has 2310 runs in T20Is, while Warner has 2265 runs.
For the Black Caps, spinner Mitchell Santner was the least expensive bowler after he finished his quota of 4 overs while conceding only 16 runs with a wicket. Ish Sodhi picked up three scalps for 32 in 4 overs.
In their chase of 157, the Kane Williamson-led side got bundled out for 106, thus losing the contest by 50 runs. Kyle Jamieson was the highest scorer for the hosts with 30 runs. Tim Seifert (19) and Devon Conway (17) were the only other batsmen who scored runs in double digits.
Ashton Agar, who was the hero in the previous game, bowled exceptionally well in the fourth T20I as well. He conceded only 11 runs in his quota of 4 overs and picked up two wickets. Pacer Kane Richardson bagged three scalps while Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell earned two wickets each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 5, 2021
Great to see Aaron Finch go so well. Always pays to give a champion more chances than others. 👊
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) March 5, 2021
Wouldn’t have expected Australia to win by 50 the way they batted but there we are. Ashton Agar 2/11 the standout bowler. Series tied 2-2 decider Sunday morning when it will be the curtain-raiser to the #NZvEng womens T20I
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) March 5, 2021
Kyle Jamieson in this T20 series:
1/175 off 15 overs
Economy rate of 11.66
Royal Challengers Bangalore purchased the New Zealander for AU$2.66 million last month…#NZvAUS
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) March 5, 2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 5, 2021
So many Kyle Jamieson tweets talking about 2.6m. He’s tall but not that tall.
— Andrew (@shortflyslip) March 5, 2021
Three consecutive sixes in a row – with one of them being the player’s 100th six in that format:-
Ross Taylor🇳🇿 off Sohag Gazi🇧🇩, 2013 (ODI)
Aaron Finch🇦🇺 off Kyle Jamieson🇳🇿 today (T20I)#NZvAUS
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 5, 2021
A clinical performance from Australia as they bowl New Zealand out for 106 to set up a 50-run win in the fourth #NZvAUS T20I.
The series is well and truly alive!
— ICC (@ICC) March 5, 2021
Aaron Finch tonight:
– Match-winning knock of 79no from 55 balls (next best score was 30)
– Became Australia’s leading T20I run-scorer
– And is the first Australian to hit 100 sixes in men’s T20Is#NZvAUS
— Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) March 5, 2021
Well it looks like I owe Aaron Finch an apology. That was actually a very good innings. #NZvAUS
— Michael Wagener (@Mykuhl) March 5, 2021
It looked close for a while but congrats to New Zealand on its 27-run win over Aaron Finch #NZvAUS
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) March 5, 2021
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 5, 2021
From 0-2 down to 2-2, Australia has made a remarkable comeback in the series as they beat New Zealand by 50 runs in the 4th T20 while defending 157 runs. Captain Finch made the difference by scoring 79*(55) – Series decider on Sunday. #NZvAUS pic.twitter.com/Ig2YhaId9U
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 5, 2021
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 5, 2021