After a string of low scores and a ton of criticism, Australian skipper Aaron Finch regained his lost form and smashed a match-winning half-century against New Zealand in the third T20I. Having lost the first two T20Is of the five-match series, the third encounter was a do-or-die game for the Aussies, and their skipper took the matter into his own hands. After electing to bat first at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, the opener went after bowlers from the outset and scored runs all over the park. While Finch played many impressive shots during his stellar, his switch-hit to reach fifty was nothing but jaw-dropping. RCB Fans Elated As Glenn Maxwell Scores Quick-Fire Half-Century.
Kiwi leg-spinner Ish Sodhi bowled a front-foot no-ball in the 11th over, and the subsequent delivery was a free hit. Finch, batting on 45, made optimum utilization of the free hit and deposited the ball in the stands via a switch hit. Against a flighted delivery on the off-stump, the dashing opener changed his grip swiftly and smoked the ball into the stands at sweeper cover. While Finch completed his fifty with that amazing shot, the Australian dug-out and New Zealand fielders were shell-shocked. Aaron Finch’s Wife Amy Receives Online Threats of Sexual Assault and Violence Over Australia Captain’s Poor Form.
What a way to bring up your 50 - Finch is on fire!
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) March 3, 2021
Finch, in total, scored 69 runs off 44 balls as Australia posted a mountain of 208/4 while batting first. Chasing the challenging total, the Kiwis looked in the hunt initially, with opener Martin Guptill (43) and Devon Conway (38) playing impressive knocks. However, left-arm spinner Ashton Turner ran through New Zealand’s middle-order and claimed six wickets.
As a result, New Zealand were bundled out for 144 in 17.1 overs, losing the contest by 64 runs. However, Kane Williamson’s men still have a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The fourth T20I again takes place at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on March 5 (Friday).
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