Wednesday 19 March 2014 

Australia Hold On To Beat New Zealand

David Warner
David Warner smashed a quickfire half-century as Australia beat New Zealand by three runs
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Australia 200-3 (Warner 65) beat
New Zealand 197-9 (Guptill 62) by 3 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 warm-up, Fatullah

Australia held on to defend their score of 200 for seven and beat New Zealand by just three runs in a high-scoring ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game in Fatullah.

David Warner (65) and Martin Guptill (62) both scored belligerent half-centuries in a game where bat dominated ball and some 397 runs were scored in 40 overs.

Warner, who hit seven fours and five sixes in just 26 balls, added 113 in eight overs for the first wicket with Aaron Finch, who scored 47 in 22 deliveries.

Both players retired at that point and Glenn Maxwell (2) fell to Anton Devcich to leave Australia at 115 for three.

Shane Watson cracked 27 in 18 balls, George Bailey 19 in 17 and Brad Hodge 25 in 20 to ensure they hit the 200-run mark with Cameron White and Daniel Christian unbeaten on six and eight respectively.

Kyle Mills picked up two for 21 and there was also a wicket apiece for Ronnie Hira, Corey Anderson and Devcich.

Guptill then got the Black Caps off to a flying start, but lost opening partner Kane Williamson (17 in 12 balls) to Nathan Coulter-Nile.

He then added 61 with Brendon McCullum for the second wicket with McCullum hammering 37 in 18 balls before falling to leg-spinner James Muirhead.

Guptill hit five fours and four sixes before he was also dismissed by Muirhead for an excellent 62 in 34 deliveries.

Ross Taylor (16), Corey Anderson (29) and Luke Ronchi (21) then took New Zealand close before Australia finally sealed victory with the wickets of Jimmy Neesham (2) and Devcich (3) in the final over, bowled by Coulter-Nile, who finished with two for 36.

Along with Muirhead, Mitchell Starc and Brad Hogg also took two wickets.

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