The visiting Australia did not find themselves in the fifth and final Twenty20 of the series in Wellington against New Zealand on Sunday (March 8). The Kiwis have made the series their own by blowing up Ajid properly. Today, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, losing 6 wickets in 20 overs and scoring 142 runs. In reply, Martin Guptill’s stormy batting won the toss and elected to field with 8 wickets and 28 balls to spare. Guptill, the hero of the Kiwis’ victory, scored 61 off 48 balls. As a result, New Zealand won the five-match series 3-2. Guptill also won the best match of the match by playing the winning innings. Sodhi took 14 wickets in five matches and won the series best award.
However, Australia lost the first two matches and won the next two. Today the visitors had the opportunity to write the story of the great return. But in the last match, the host New Zealand did not give any chance to Ajit. Aaron Finch and Matthew Wade are credited with winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Their second wicket partnership came to 6 runs. Finch made 36 off 32 balls and Wade made 44 off 29 balls. In the end, Marcus Stones played an innings of 26 off 26 balls.
Right-arm opener Martin Guptill made a storm in the beginning in response to Ajit’s 142 runs. In the first power play, New Zealand got 51 runs without losing any wicket. Guptill turned the opening partnership with Devon Conway into a century in 11.2 overs. Conway returned to the dressing room for 108 runs. He scored 36 off 26 balls. Captain Ken Williams returned to the dressing room with a golden call just after the next ball. Earlier, Guptill picked up his 17th half-century of his T20 career. However, he could not return after the match. Guptill was dismissed in the 15th over of the innings just 19 runs away from victory. 61 runs from 48 balls with 6 fours and 4 sixes came from his bat. Josh Phillips did the rest. He finished the match with a six. Phillips scored 34 runs alone. He hit 2 sixes with 5 fours in an innings of just 16 balls.
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