New Zealand and Australia are currently involved in the five-match T20I series. The Kiwis announced their arrival in style by beating the visitors by 53 runs and took the first lead in the high-profile series. Even in the second T20I, Kane Williamson & Co continued their winning formula as they beat the Aussies by 4 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
On the other side of the coin, Australia were in all sorts of trouble because they lost the first two games. If they would lose one more game, then they would lose the series. However, in a must-win encounter, the Aussies turned up the ante and produced a match-winning performance. Batting first, Australia lost Matthew Wade for just 5 runs as Trent Boult dismissed him.
‘Big Show’ music for Glenn Maxwell
Australian captain Aaron Finch and Jos Philippe added an 83-run stand for the second wicket before Philippe got out for 43 off 27 balls. He hit 3 fours and a six. After his departure, Australia’s all-rounder Glenn Maxwell stepped out to bat. Interestingly, the DJ played the world’s famous wrestler Big Show’s entrance theme.
The video of Maxwell walking out to Big Show’s background music has been the talking point on social media. Maxwell who didn’t make an impact in the first two games turned up the heat as he smashed sixes and fours with relative ease. During the 17th over, Maxwell unleashed his true potential by smashing James Neesham for 28 runs.
In the over, he smashed a six over square leg and broke a seat in the stands in the Westpac Stadium. Glenn Maxwell went on to score 70 off 31 balls with the help of 8 boundaries and 5 towering sixes at a phenomenal strike-rate of 225.81. His masterful knock helped Australia post 208/4 in 20 overs.
Aussies restricted Kiwis to 144 runs. Ashton Agar was the star of the show in the bowling unit as he took as many as 6 wickets to his name. Aussies won the match by 64 runs to stay alive in the series. The fourth Test is scheduled to be held at Wellington Regional Stadium on March 5.