Australia has claimed the first victory in the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 International Tri-Series by beating the BLACKCAPS by seven wickets in a rain-revised run-chase at the SCG.
The hosts' showed their class with the ball by restricting the BLACKCAPS to just 117 from their 20 overs, with quick Billy Stanlake claiming the best T20I figures at the SCG of 3-15.
Colin de Grandhomme somewhat rescued the visitor's innings by smashing three big sixes to finish on 38* off 24 balls.
Rain delayed the start of the second innings, adjusting the Australian target to 95 runs off 15 overs.
The BLACKCAPS found some early joy as Tim Southee and Trent Boult picked up both openers in the first couple of overs.
However, the dangerous pairing of Chris Lynn (44
The BLACKCAPS return home for a short break, before hosting England in Wellington on February 13th.
As it happened
Maxwell fittingly hits the winning runs to complete a 7 wicket win for Australia. They chase the revised 95 run target down with 3 and a half overs to spare. Credit to the old foe - they were too good tonight 👏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 3, 2018
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CDG has belted a couple of HUGE sixes at the SCG!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 3, 2018
Keep them coming big feller 👌90-5 in the 16th over. pic.twitter.com/VZ44YkVUfS