“It’s a huge loss and it hurt our chances, no doubt,” Finch said after the match. We don’t need to pay attention to this anymore. We cannot change what happened. All we can do is focus on the next match and be well prepared to play against Sri Lanka.
Australia will next take on Sri Lanka in Perth on Tuesday and Finch asked his players to come back strongly. He said, ‘Our fate is in our hands. We need to be more positive and show extra aggression and I am sure all of us will do that.
what happened in the match
In the match, Australia team won the toss and gave New Zealand a chance to bat first. Taking advantage of this, the Kiwis posted a challenging score of 200 for three thanks to Devon Conway’s unbeaten 92 off 58 balls. He hit seven fours and two sixes in his superb unbeaten innings. Jimmy Neesham took the team’s score to 200 runs by hitting a six against Hazlewood on the last ball of the innings.
When invited to bat, Conway and Finn Allen (42 off 16 balls) gave New Zealand an aggressive start as the duo added 56 off 25 balls. The 23-year-old Allen, who replaced veteran Martin Guptill, proved once again why he is being called the future star of the format by hitting three sixes and five fours in the opening overs.
He also made his intentions known by hitting two fours and a six in the opening over of the legendary Mitchell Starc. Allen also hit a six against the Test and ODI captain Pat Cummins, who bowled in the second over, which made the team start an aggressive start by collecting 17 runs in this over. Hazlewood got Allen out and brought Australia back into the match but Conway then stitched a 69-run stand with captain Kane Williamson (23 runs). For Australia, Hazlewood took two wickets and Zampa took one wicket.