Australia Finch back in form as Australia keep T20 series alive in Wellington
Australia to bowl first in NZ T20 opener
Australia captain Aaron Finch has won the toss and opted to bowl in the opening Twenty20 clash against New Zealand in Christchurch.The red hot Western Australian, who starred in the Big Bash League for champions Sydney Sixers, will come in at first drop.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Aaron Finch shrugged off a long slump in form with a defiant half-century and Ashton Agar took six wickets as Australia claimed a 64-run win over New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday to keep their Twenty20 series alive.
At a closed Wellington Regional Stadium, Australia clawed their way back to 2-1 in the five-match series following defeats in Christchurch and Dunedin.
Fired by 69 from captain Finch and a 31-ball 70 from Glenn Maxwell, Australia put an imposing 208 for four on the board before, led by a dominant display by left-arm spinner Agar (6-30), bundling New Zealand out for 144.
Paceman Riley Meredith replaced Daniel Sams in Australia's only change from Dunedin and grabbed 2-24 on an impressive international debut that included trapping New Zealand captain Kane Williamson lbw for nine.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; editing by John Stonestreet)
Australia set for crunch T20 in Wellington .
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