Aaron Finch (AUS): Nice to get the win. The stand with Maxi (Maxwell) allowed us to put up a big total. Taking wickets throughout was the key. When you get wickets in the powerplay and having 10.5 rpo, New Zealand has to take risks even off good balls and I thought that was the difference. Meredith bowled really well, we have seen him in the BBL. Brilliant for him to get that opportunity, he deserves that success and we are excited for him. We just want to improve as a team.
Ashton Agar (MOM): It is always nice to pick wickets especially when you go wicketless in the first two games. But I was lucky, we had 200 on the board and it makes my job a lot easier, the boys also bowled well upfront. I think in the past it (going wicketless) would have got to me but now I have played enough to move on, take it as a new game and a new chance to do something good here. Once I started tossing the ball up I got something out of it. They (the batsmen) have been amazing. Maxwell was incredible, Finchy is back among the runs and really good signs going ahead in the series.
Kane Williamson (NZ): I thought Australia was outstanding. The momentum they got with the bat, we were defending for a large part, and we had to take risks with the run-rate getting ahead. It's important for us to move ahead quickly after taking a few learnings. It's always a healthy total, 210, but it was a good surface, and we got off to a good start. We lost wickets, which didn't help, and we didn't get the partnerships that we got in the previous games, so we probably need to move ahead quickly. Playing on the same surface for three games there might be something to look at. We know the power and match-winners that Australia have and they certainly showed that today.
Over 17.1 Kane Richardson bowls a good length delivery to Ish Sodhi, out Caught and Bowled! Sodhi comes forward and drives it straight back to the bowler and he makes no mistake.
End of Over 17 (12 runs) New Zealand 144/8
Ish Sodhi 1/2 Ashton Agar 3.5-0-30-5
Kyle Jamieson 11/8
Over 16.6 Ashton Agar tossed up delivery to Kyle Jamieson, out Lbw!! Jamieson walked across to try the scoop shot, missed the ball completely, the ball hits him high on the pad. The Umpire raises the finger.
Over 16.5 Ashton Agar tossed up delivery to Kyle Jamieson, Boundary! Backs away and swings, connects decently well through extra-cover for four.
Over 16.4 Ashton Agar tossed up delivery to Ish Sodhi, no run, gets forward and pushed to cover.
Over 16.3 Ashton Agar tossed up delivery to Kyle Jamieson,1 run, gets forward and drives it down to long-on for one.
Over 16.2 Ashton Agar tossed up delivery to Mark Chapman, out Caught by Zampa!! Chapman came down the track and went for a big slog. So this was a big top edge that flew straight to short third man.
Over 16.1 Ashton Agar tossed up delivery to Mark Chapman,Six! Gets forward and connected the slog sweep alright and that has gone a long way back over deep mid-wicket
End of Over 16 (12 runs) New Zealand 132/7
Mark Chapman 12/8 Jhye Richardson 3-0-34-0
Kyle Jamieson 6/6
Over 15.6 Jhye Richardson bowls a yorker right into the blockhole to Mark Chapman,1 run, stays deep inside the crease and digs it out to mid-wicket
Over 15.5 Jhye Richardson bowls a pitched up delivery to Mark Chapman, 2 runs, gets forward and chips it over the bowler and gets back for two
Over 15.4 Jhye Richardson bowls a good length delivery to Mark Chapman, Boundary! Gets to the pitch of the ball and smashes it straight down the ground for four.
Over 15.3 Jhye Richardson bowls a pitched up delivery to Kyle Jamieson,1 run, gets forward and driven down the ground to long-on for one.
Over 15.2 Jhye Richardson bowls a yorker right into the blockhole to Kyle Jamieson, no run, stays deep inside the crease and digs it out back to the bowler.
Over 15.1 Jhye Richardson bowls a pitched up delivery to Kyle Jamieson, Boundary! Comes on to the front foot and driven straight down the ground for four.
End of Over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 120/7
Kyle Jamieson 1/3 Ashton Agar 3-0-18-4
Mark Chapman 5/5
Over 14.6: Single. Ashton Agar to Kyle Jamieson,