Australia’s big-hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell made his presence count on the pitch during the third T20I against New Zealand in Wellington. The hosts won the first two games and didn’t let Australia take control of the game. Kiwis were by far the dominating side in the series.
Although Kiwis chipped in with a 53-run win in the first match, the Aussies tried their best to confront them in the second game. However, New Zealand won the game by a margin of 4 runs. Coming into the third match, the Kiwis needed just one victory to seal the series.
But Maxwell had other ideas as he executed his plans to perfection during Australia’s innings. The all-rounder helped his team tighten the screws as the visitors put up a big total. In a do-or-die encounter, Glenn Maxwell rolled up sleeves and delivered the goods.
Batting first, Australia posted a colossal total of 208 for the loss of 4 wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Australia skipper Aaron Finch who was out of form for a long time got back to his best.
The opening batsman scored 69 off 44 balls including 8 fours and 2 sixes. The right-handed batsman Josh Philippe also played his part by scoring 43 off just 27 balls with the help of 3 fours and a six.
Glenn Maxwell hits 28 in an over
Glenn Maxwell was the pick of the batsmen in Australia’s batting line-up. The all-rounder smashed sixes and fours at will and went on to score an imperious 70 runs off just 31 balls at an incredible strike-rate of 225.81.
His innings included as many as 8 fours and 5 hits over the fence. New Zealand bowlers had no solution to stop Maxwell. Although Tim Southee eventually cracked the code to get rid of Maxwell, the damage was already done by the all-rounder.
Maxwell’s best part of the innings came during the 17th over of Australia’s innings. New Zealand all-rounder James Anderson was brought into the bowling attack to do the business.
However, Maxwell went berserk and smashed as many as 28 runs in the over. During the over, Maxwell skulled the ball so hard to a great extent that it went on to break the seat at the stands.
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Maxwell smashed a four in the backward point region in the first ball of the over bowled by James Neesham. After that, he hit a length ball at the stumps over the square leg for a huge six at Westpac Stadium.
Ashton Agar – Man of the Match
This is the first time in the ongoing series that New Zealand batted second. But they failed to track down the target. The Kiwis were bowled out for 144 during their run-chase. Martin Guptill and Devon Conway scored 43 and 38 runs respectively. Ashton Agar was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he dismantled New Zealand’s batting line-up.
Agar accounted for six dismissals to his name. He registered his best bowling figures of 6/30 in his quota of 4 overs. Riley Meredith picked up 2 wickets while Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson took 1 wicket. Australia won the game by 64 runs and steered clear of danger.