New Zealand v Australia: Vacationers defend 156 to arrange collection decider

Australia's Aaron Finch


Aaron Finch is now the sixth highest run-scorer in international T20 cricket – behind India’s Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez
Fourth Twenty20, Sky Stadium, Wellington
Australia 156-6 (20 overs): Finch 79* (55), Sodhi 3-32, Boult 2-27
New Zealand 106 all out (18.5 overs): Jamieson 30 (18), K Richardson 3-19
Australia won by 50 runs; series level at 2-2
Scorecard

Australia successfully defended 156-6 to set up a decider in the five-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand.

They lost regular wickets on a tricky pitch with captain Aaron Finch top-scoring with an unbeaten 79 off 55 balls – including taking Kyle Jamieson for 26 off the final over.

New Zealand were restricted to 107 in reply, with Kane Richardson taking 3-19 and three others taking two apiece.

The final game is at 23:00 GMT on Saturday.

The Australia innings was underpinned by Finch but he struggled for timing on a pitch that was two-paced and offered…