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New Zealand bat first against Australia in T20 final

The last time when the teams clashed the rampaging Australia successfully chased down a record target of 244

Set a mammoth 244 to win, Australia pulled off the highest run chase in a T20 global as Warner (59 off 24 balls) and D'Arcy Short (76 off 44) demolished New Zealand's bowlers.

New Zealand's Colin Munro and Martin Guptill threatened to put the hosts into a commanding position by hitting five fours and a six in the first three overs, but the hosts were unable to replicate the explosive scoring of last Friday where they posted a score of 243 against Australia at the same ground.

New Zealand failed to recover and kept losing regular wickets but Ross Taylor's valiant innings and Ish Sodi's resilience took them to 150/9.

After openers David Warner (25 off 23 balls) and D'Arcy Short (50 off 30 balls) powered Australia to 55/0 in six overs, the match was stopped due to a rain interruption.

The first-of-its-kind T20I tri-series between England, Australia and New Zealand that was held in the two countries Down Under, ended with the two neighbouring countries fighting it off for the trophy at Eden Park in Auckland.

New Zealand's poor record in Auckland continues, the Kiwis have now lost five consecutive T20I matches at Eden Park in Auckland.

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.

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In a rain-curtailed match, Australia defeated New Zealand in Eden Park, once again, by 19 runs. The Proteas on the other hand, ranked seventh with 110 points, could jump up two spots if they manage to bounce back and win the remaining two matches.

Warner showed faith in his bowlers - albeit chopping and changing them over by over - and skill in his fielding strategy. So the umpires have made their decision and Australia have been crowned the champions of the tri-series final.

Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell were batting on 20 and 28 respectively and took Australia to 121 before rain interrupted the play.

The only negative for Australia was when Chris Lynn left the field after apparently injuring his troublesome shoulder diving for the ball.

"It's been fantastic. A few of us were mentally cooked after the Test series, and it's just great for those guys to go over to South Africa and inject a lot of younger guys and guys who are in form (into the T20 side)". "This last game's been the first time really that we've seen it exposed as a really small ground, because a lot of the scores have been on the lower side".

Man of the match Ashton Agar said: "This has been the most enjoyable tour ... we're having a good time".

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