Finch’s 79 not out of 55 balls helped lay the foundation for a 50-run triumph. Australia scored 156-6 in Wellington before knocking out the Black Caps for just 106.
This means the series is now on the same level 2-2, with Australia coming two points behind and playing in the final on Sunday (March 7th).
Tim Southee was furious after Finch was not dismissed at the request of the umpire after an LBW check in the first round. His response resulted in a formal reprimand for a Level 1 violation of the ICC Code of Conduct.
The fast bowler might have been even angrier if he had known Finch would continue to cause damage. The skipper made up more than half of his team and became his country’s leading goalscorer in 2,310 runs in the format.
Finch smashed four sixes in the final, this explosive spell alone brought him more runs than any of his teammates, with Marcus Stoinis ’19 being the next best record.
Aaron Finch played a blind man with 79 balls out of 55 tonight!
– Cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 5, 2021
That fact underscored the difficult nature of the pitch and New Zealand couldn’t handle it when the Australian bowlers were making hay.
Kane Richardson took three wickets while Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa each contributed two. Kyle Jamieson – who was so expensive to Finch – made 30 out of 18 deliveries the only real hit on the Black Caps’ scorecard.
With an exciting finale in prospect, fans can take part in the decision in Wellington after the coronavirus restrictions have been eased.
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