Saturday, 23 June 2018

Australia down Black Caps in T20 final, take No.1 ranking

Australia beats New Zealand

WELLINGTON: Having led the Australians to win the T20 Tri-Series in Auckland, David Warner has plenty of time to reflect on his success.

He’ll be 19 hours in the air from Auckland to Johannesburg to join his Test teammates for the long-awaited four-Test series against South Africa.

Last night in the rain-affected final against the Kiwis, the Australians won by 19 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

But it was Warner’s tactics that kept the dangerous Kiwis to 9-150 when last Friday night, on exactly the same pitch, they cracked 6-243.

Despite the fact openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro again got off to a flyer with 0-48 off only 4.3 overs, Warner reeled them in by making 16 bowling changes in 20 overs for the Kiwis to lose 9-102.

Australia was never going to be in danger chasing 151 for victory, not even from the rain.

But the win gave Warner his 11th victory from 12 starts as T20 skipper, more than enough to force the selectors into making the position permanent seeing Australia’s career-best is a 53 per cent success rate.

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