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Stanlake, Tye get Australia off to winning start in tri-series

Glenn Maxwell scored a blistering 40 in the chase
Glenn Maxwell scored a blistering 40 in the chase

Australia 96-3 (Lynn 44) beat
New Zealand 117-9 (Tye 4-23) by seven wickets DLS
1st T20I, Tri-Series, Sydney

Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye shared seven wickets between them as Australia restricted New Zealand to 117 for nine and later chased down the revised target of 95 runs in the 12th over with seven wickets in hand to win the rain-hit first Twenty20 International in the Tri-Series in Sydney.

Rain delayed play at the conclusion of New Zealand innings and after a halt of almost 60 minutes, Australia were set 95 runs target off 15 overs.

New Zealand though started the second innings well with Trent Boult (2-14) and Tim Southee (1-27) removing David Warner (6) and D'Arcy Short (4) in the first 13 deliveries but Chris Lynn (44) struck five boundaries to take Australia to 43 for two in the first six overs.

Lynn and Glenn Maxwell (40 not out) looked in terrific form as they plundered 40 more runs off the next four overs and Australia were left with just 24 runs to get off the final six overs.

Boult did manage to remove Lynn but Maxwell struck two more boundaries in the 12th over to complete the chase in 11.3 overs with eight wickets in hand.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to field first - a decision that proved right when Stanlake (3-15) removed the openers Martin Guptill (5) and Colin Munro (3) in his first two deliveries and also followed it with the dismissal of Tom Bruce (3) in his next over.

New Zealand were reduced to 29 for three in the powerplay overs and that only became worse as Tye (4-23) had Kane Williamson (8) caught in his second delivery.

Ross Taylor (24), Tom Blundell (14) and Colin de Grandhomme (38 not out) remained the only batsmen to cross the double figures for the Black Caps as Tye returned back to claim the final three wickets to keep the visitors down to 117 for nine in the 20 overs.

The win has taken Australia to the top position in the table and Stanlake bagged the player of the match award.

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