Australia chase down mammoth total

Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler of the Black Caps talks with Kane Williamson

Australia pulled off the highest successful run chase in T20 Internationals to keep their unbeaten run in the tri-nation series at the Eden Park here on Friday.

Nearly 500 runs were scored overall at Eden Park in an extraordinary display of sustained power-hitting.

A stunning chase - the biggest in T20 global history - was completed with seven balls remaining, and Short insists his belief never wavered even as New Zealand put up a commanding total.

It took Guptill's worldwide T20 career total to 2,188 runs, surpassing compatriot Brendon McCullum's 2,140, with India's Virat Kohli the next highest on the all-time list with 1,956.

It's 13-years since the T20 Internationals begun with the very same match at Eden Park in Auckland and has since seen 12 nations join to play each other.

A young fan on Friday hit the jackpot when he took a one-handed catch during the New Zealand vs Australia Twenty20 worldwide at the Eden Park, Auckland.

England captain Eoin Morgan will return to lead the team in Hamilton after recovering from a groin injury.

Martin Guptill's quickfire century in the end proved in vain for the Black Caps. On this day, way back in 2005, first ever T20I game was played between Australia and New Zealand.

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Besides Guptill, Colin Muro (70) stroked a rapid half century to lift the hosts to a mammoth 243/6 in their 20 overs. He scored 76 runs off 44 balls.

At 10 overs, New Zealand was 114-0 and Guptill and Munro were both accelerating.

Andrew Tye dismissed him, but not before he'd been dispatched for three consecutive sixes. The decision came when he realised if he used his right he would be in an awkward position and risk juggling the ball - one of the Tui Catch a Million rules is to catch the ball cleanly.

The innings consisted of eight fours and five sixes.

"I think we always believed we could do it", he said afterwards. But when we walked in at half-time and knew we were chasing 240-odd, we had to go from the start.

"And to do it with seven balls to spare, that's an awesome effort".

Colin de Grandhomme wasn't much better, bowling 3.5 overs for 56 for an economy rate of 14.60. They went for 18 wides and two no-balls, which meant two free hits - 13 runs in total - but it's not surprising with this kind of hitting the bowlers got a bit crease-shy.

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