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Australia’s Ashton Agar takes 6-30 to seal T20I’s resounding victory over New Zealand |  Cricket News

Ashton Agar captured career best international numbers 6-30 to oust New Zealand for 144 points and secure a 64-point victory for Australia in the third T20I in Wellington; New Zealand lead series 2-1 with two to go

Last updated: 03/03/21 10:09 am

Australia’s Ashton Agar holds the match ball after taking 6-30 in the third T20I against New Zealand in Wellington

Ashton Agar recorded the first six-wicket run of his international career as Australia kept their T20I streak alive against New Zealand, beating the hosts by 64 points in Wellington.

Agar finished with a remarkable 6-30 – including four wickets in the space of seven deliveries – to doom the Black Caps to a heavy loss and reduce the five-game series to 2-1.


Half centuries of Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell laid the groundwork for Australia’s victory with a 208-4 total after being batted at Sky Stadium.

Although the home side started well in response, they collapsed to 144 after Agar tore their middle order – the first time the 27-year-old had picked up six wickets in any international format.

Australia’s Ashton Agar takes 6-30 to seal T20I’s resounding victory over New Zealand |  Cricket News

Agar took four wickets in just seven deliveries to secure his team’s victory

Australia, who brought in Tasmanian seamstress Riley Meredith on their debut, lost Matthew Wade (5) in just the second of their innings but progressed steadily thanks to Finch and Josh Philippe.

The pair set up an 83-on-51-ball partnership before Philippe (43-on-27) fell to spinner Ish Sodhi (2-32), but that only paved the way for a brutal display of power. hitting Maxwell.

He and Finch (69 of 44) added 64 in 35 deliveries and the skipper’s departure prompted Maxwell to step up during the death overs, slamming eight fours and five sixes to reach 70 of just 31 balls.

Tim Southee (1-37) had finally caught up with Maxwell, but the all-rounder had already done enough for Australia to post a formidable total.

Meredith (2-24) struck on her first stroke when the Black Caps responded, knocking out Tim Seifert (4), and followed with home captain Kane Williamson’s scalp trapped in the front leg for nine years.

Australia’s Ashton Agar takes 6-30 to seal T20I’s resounding victory over New Zealand |  Cricket News

Glenn Maxwell’s 70-shot on 31 balls helped Australia win 64 points against New Zealand

However, Martin Guptill (43 of 28) looked prolific during the power play and he and Devon Conway (38 of 27) kept New Zealand’s hopes of a series win alive as they advanced to 80-2.

After making the decision to fire Guptill off Adam Zampa, Agar quickly demolished those hopes by dismissing Glenn Phillips, Conway and Jimmy Neesham in the same fashion, followed by Southee at the start of his next one.

Despite brief resistance from Mark Chapman (18) and Kyle Jamieson (11), Agar added both wickets to his tally before Kane Richardson scored a resounding victory, taking a comeback from Sodhi early in the 18th.

The teams meet on Friday for the fourth game of the series, at the same location.


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