Eden Park, Auckland turned into a graveyard for the bowlers on the night of 16th Feb as 36 sixes were hit in the 5th T20I between the Aussies and the BlackCaps. For a viewer it was easy to forget if they were watching a T20 match or the HongKong SuperSixes.
During the first innings , Martin Guptill and Colin Munro gave their team the perfect start racing to the century mark in just the 10th Over with both batsmen reaching their respective half centuries. None of the Aussie bowlers were spared as both the batsmen hit them out of the park on a regular basis. The likes of Tye,Short, Stanlake were hammered for the maximum at every chance the batsmen were getting when Colin Munro resigned at the score of 76 after hitting two biggies out of the ground to Tye. Seifert hit a first ball six of the same over and continued the proceedings. On the other hand, Guptill kept his tail up and was hitting the ball to all parts of the ground. Seifert soon perished by Agar’s spin bowling. Guptill continued nonchalantly from the other end. Guptill reached his century in the 16th over in only 49 balls. Chapman got out in the funniest of fashion when a back off the length ball hit his helmet with the helmet escaping from his head to hit the wicket and he could only see it with a wry smile on his face. Two big hits from Taylor at the end propelled the New Zealanders to 243 in 20 overs.
The Aussies began their innings the same way as their opposition in addition to Short initiating his innings with a stroke of luck. A knick going for a six, an inside edge just short of chipping the stumps and a tough catch dropped by the wicketkeeper gave Short life after life in his Man of the Match innings. David Warner was not one to fall behind and started hitting his shots which were crossing the boundary most of the times. The Aussie openers rioted their way through to 91 runs in only 6 overs. Soon enough Warner reached his fifty in only 20 balls surpassing Short. Sodhi bowled him with a googly in his second over. Lynn came and started the barrage again when he was given a life by Guptill dropping him from a good catching position. But Guptill did make it count when he was given a second catch by Lynn at exactly the same place. Short continued his good form with Maxwell joining the party and they raced on to 146 runs in just 13 overs. But with 244 on board any team any moment will have a chance to win the match and that chance increased when Southee stung Maxwell’s middle wicket to take him out of the equation. But the big hitters came coming in with Aaron Finch coming to the crease. Aaron Finch hit the winning runs with a six to finish off a record run chase by the Aussies.