Australia defeated by New Zealand in Second T20
New Zealand beat Australia by 4 runs in the thrilling second T20 to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series.
Chasing New Zealand’s target of 220 in the game at University Oval, Dunedin, Australia managed to score only 215 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
After sharing 34 runs for the first wicket, Matthew Wade, who scored 24 runs in the fourth over, was caught out by Tim Southee. Josh Philippe then shared a 36-run stand with Aaron Finch. Finch, who scored 12 runs in the eighth over, was caught out by Ish Sodhi. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner then caught Glenn Maxwell in the 11th over.
In the 13th over, Santner sent Josh Philippe, who scored 45, and Aston Egger and Mitchell Marsh back to the pavilion in the same over.
Australia, who were 113/6 in 13 overs, were then led by Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Samms.
In the 13th over, Santner led Josh Philippe, who scored 45, and Aston Eger and Mitchell Marsh, who had scored in the same over, to return to the pavilion.
In the 15th over of the innings, Stoinis hit two sixes off Ish Sodhi to speed up Australia’s run. Soon after, Sams hit three sixes in Tim Southee’s over. In the 17th over, Stoinis hit two fours and Sams hit one six.
Trent Boult, who bowled the 18th over, needed just six runs in the last three overs to win by 36 runs. In the 19th over, Stoinis scored 15 runs with the help of 1 four and 1 six in Tim Southee’s over.
With 15 runs needed to win the last over, James Nisham came to bowl the first over. Nisham caught Sams in the first ball. Sams scored 45 runs off 15 balls with the help of 2 fours and 4 sixes. After that, Nisham did not allow Stoinis to score in 2 consecutive balls. Stoinis hit a six off the fourth ball. Stoinis was caught out for 10 off 2 balls. Zhai Richardson hit a four in the last ball but Australia was deprived of the victory by a small margin.
Stoinis hit 7 fours and 5 sixes in 37 balls and scored 78 runs but it was not enough to give victory to the team. This is Stoinis’ first half-century in T20 Internationals.
Mitchell Santner took the most 4 wickets in New Zealand’s bowling, bowling 31 runs in 4 overs. James Nisham took 2 wickets and Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee took 1 wicket each. Australia defeated by New Zealand in Second T20 hopes Australia will give a strong Comeback.
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