Aussies beat Kiwis by 19 runs to clinch T20 tri-series

David Warner is leading the Australia T20I team in the absence of Steve Smith

Ashton Agar picked 3/27 and D'Arcy Short smashed a rapid 50 as Australia beat New Zealand by 19 runs (DLS) to win the final of the Twenty20 Tri Series at Eden Park in Auckland.

However, they could not match the impact of left-arm orthodox tweaker Ashton Agar, who took three for 27 in a man-of-the-match performance to restrict the hosts to 150 for nine.

New Zealand batted first after winning the toss and openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who combined for a 132-run partnership in the previous match, made their intentions clear with an early flurry of boundaries.

With wickets continuing to fall, Ross Taylor came to the rescue for New Zealand as he smashed an unbeaten 43, which came off 38 balls and included two boundaries and a six, to help them finish on 150/9 off their 20 overs.

Bookmakers Neds have Australia at $1.55 favourites to wrap up the Trans-Tasman Tri Series with a victory in the final, while New Zealand is paying $2.53 to claim an upset win. Australia won the match by 19 runs via the D/L method.

New Zealand kept the team that lost by two runs to England in Hamilton on Sunday, but still managed to qualify for the series final on run rate.

Otherwise, it was another triumph for a T20 side re-energised by new talent from the Big Bash and the leadership of stand-in captain David Warner.

In the next over, Munro also made it to the hut for 29 and New Zealand were brought down to 59 for 2.

The players were off the pitch when officials chose to abandon the match due to persistent rain, awarding Australia a 19-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner offered pep with the ball for New Zealand, as did Trent Boult.

"It's provided some fantastic moments for New Zealand cricket and the teams that we've been involved in, and when you throw that into the mix, it does make it enjoyable".

Agar was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Tye and Richardson snapped up two wickets apiece.

Chris Lynn dislocated his shoulder midway through the New Zealand innings after diving for a ball near mid-wicket, but in spite of his loss Australia went on to calmly chased down the modest run target.

It was left to Victorian pair Glenn Maxwell (20 not out) and Aaron Finch (18 not out) to steady the ship, leaving the visitors well ahead when the match was called off. "We'll probably get a look at it tonight hopefully, if the weather holds off".

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