Australia would go into the T20 World Cup 2024 high on confidence after beating New Zealand 3-0 in the 3-match T20I series. The Aussies completed the whitewash after they defeated the Black Caps by 27 runs (DLS) in the third match at Eden Park in Auckland.
On Sunday, rain interrupted play several times before the visiting team went past the finish line. After being put in to bat first, Australia scored 118 for 4 in 10.4 overs. Rain interrupted proceedings 4 times in the first innings.
Steve Smith struggled to make an impact as an opener after Adam Milne dismissed him cheaply. Travis Head and Matthew Short put on 51 runs for the second wicket off 27 balls to inject momentum into the innings.
Head scored 33, but could not step on the gas. Short, on the other hand, raced his way to scoring 27 runs off 11 balls with a four and 3 sixes. Later, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis and Tim David played handy cameos of 20, 14 not out and 8 not out respectively.
Milne, Ben Sears, Mitchell Santner and Josh Clarkson picked up 1 wicket apiece.
Glenn Phillips’ knock in vain
Chasing a revised target of 126 in 10 overs, the Kiwis could never put pressure on their opponents. Will Young promised with 14 runs before Short accounted for his wicket.
Spencer Johnson dismissed Tim Seifert cheaply while Adam Zampa got the wicket of Finn Allen, who is known for his power-hitting.
Although New Zealand were at 51 for 3 in 5.1 overs, they were behind the 8-ball as the required run rate had gone up. Glenn Phillips scored an unbeaten 40 off 24 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes, but his efforts went in vain.
The hosts finished at 98 for 3 in 10 overs. Johnson was the pick of the Australian bowlers after he finished with figures of 2-0-10-1.