Australia cruised to a seven-wicket DLS victory over New Zealand in the opening Tri-Series match
Australia cruised to a seven-wicket DLS victory over New Zealand in the opening Tri-Series match, after AJ Tye took a T20I career-best 4-23. Tye, who earned a million dollar contract in the IPL this year, had captain Kane Williamson (8) caught at cover off a leading edge, as the visitors fell to 34-4.
It followed an exceptional start from fast bowler Billy Stanlake, who shared the new ball, striking with his first two deliveries as Colin Munro’s (3) attempted pull shot resulted in sending the ball high into the air with wicketkeeper Alex Carey taking a good catch, before the 23-year-old Australian seamer knocked out Martin Guptill’s (5) off-stump.
Although Tom Bruce (3) survived the hat-trick ball, Stanlake (3-15) had his man six balls later as the New Zealand opener was caught on the boundary after he attempted to hook a short ball.
Colin De Grandhomme came to the crease with the visiting side having hit just two boundaries in the first 13 overs, and he sent spinner Adam Zampa for a pair of huge sixes, finishing with 37 off 23 balls.
However, Tye swept away the tail, having Mitchell Santner (1) caught at deep midwicket and Tim Southee (7) snaffled at deep square leg before bowling Ish Sodhi for a duck off the final ball of the innings as New Zealand limped to 117-9.
Persistent rain delayed Australia’s chase and they were set a revised total of 95 runs off 15 overs (D/L).
New Zealand made the perfect start as the hosts lost two wickets in two ball, with D’Arcy Short caught at cover off Southee before captain David Warner was well taken on the boundary off Trent Boult.
However, Chris Lynn (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40 not out) shared a swashbuckling 77-run third-wicket partnership as the home side eased to a simple win with 21 balls spare.
The second match of the Tri-series will see England take on Australia in Hobart on 10 February.
England are a dangerous T20 team, full of big hitters, batting all the way down the order and with experienced canny bowlers at the key ends of the innings
Best odds for the game are Australia 4/6 and England 6/5 (Bet365 and William Hill) At the odds for value England are an attractive bet here