Clinical Australia drub New Zealand in T20 tie

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Perth: Andrew Symonds belted an unbeaten 85 to help Australia overwhelm their Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by 54-run win in their Twenty20 international at the WACA in Perth on Tuesday.

Symonds bludgeoned three sixes and seven boundaries in a spectacular 46-ball innings to help his side post a healthy 186/6 from their 20 overs.

New Zealand failed to mount a serious challenge, collapsing to 132 all out in the 19th over after their batsmen crumbled against the Australian pace battery.

Jacob Oram was the only player to offer resistance, smashing six sixes in an unbeaten 66 to prop up the innings.


Scott Styris (18) and Brendon McCullum (13) were the only other players to reach double-figures while debutant Ashley Noffke was the pick of the Australian bowlers, capturing three wickets for 18 runs.

Symonds was named Man-of-the-Match but suffered an injury scare while fielding when he hurt the same ankle that forced him to miss most of last month's second Test against Sri Lanka.

Australia made a shaky start when opener Adam Gilchrist was dismissed for one but were quickly into their stride, despite missing regular captain Ricky Ponting and fielding three debutants.

Stand-in skipper Michael Clarke made a classy 33 off 26 balls and Adam Voges chipped in with a brisk 26 off 20 deliveries before Symonds started to wreak havoc on the New Zealand bowlers to push the Australian total past 180.

The Kiwis made a terrible start to their reply when opener Lou Vincent was caught behind off Lee from the first ball of the innings.

Styris and How briefly steadied the innings but their dismissals triggered a devastating middle-order collapse. The Kiwis slumped to 69-8 in the 14th over before Oram mounted his own rearguard action to help his side reach a respectable total when he ran out of partners.


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