Hosts register seven-wicket win over the Black Caps in Sydney on Saturday
Pacers Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake produced a brilliant spell of fast-bowling as Australia thrash New Zealand in the opening T20I of the tri-nation series in Sydney on Saturday.
The day started with Australia’s stand-in captain David Warner winning the toss and opting to bowl first.His decision paid an instant dividend as the visitors lost their first three wickets for just 16 runs in 3.2 overs.Captain Kane Williamson and veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor tried to steady the ship, but Australia was not in any mood to let the visitors get away from such a horrid start as Kiwis kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
A brisk unbeaten 38 off just 24 balls with the help of one four and three sixes from all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme helped Black Caps post a mediocre total of just 117 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.Taylor also made a valuable contribution with the bat with 24 off 35, whereas wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell scored 14 off 16 balls.
For Australia, right-arm pacer Tye was the star of the show as he claimed four, whereas Stanlake claimed three wickets.If the total of 117 on the board was not enough for the Black Caps, rain interrupted the play as Australia were set a revised target of just 95 from 15 overs.
Defending such a low total, Kiwis made a bright start as both captain Warner and his opening partner D’Arcy Short went back to the pavilion at the score of just 10.
However, a 77-run partnership for the third-wicket between all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn was enough to take the home side over the line with more than three overs to spare.Lynn finished the innings with the top score of 44 off 33 with the help of six fours and one six, whereas Maxwell scored an unbeaten 40 off 24 with the help of five fours and one six.
For New Zealand, left-arm pacer Trent Boult claimed two, whereas veteran fast-bowler Tim Southee claimed one wicket.For his outstanding bowling performance, Stanlake was named the player of the match.