That is it from this game! Australia win their 6th consecutive match and are crowned champions of the first ever T20I tri-series. Happy moments for them as they have really been struggling in white ball cricket. For New Zealand, they have not been in the best of forms in the shortest format, as they have won only 2 out of the last 8. However, they now have to turn their attention to the longer format, the 50-over format in which they have had success especially at home. They are now playing a 5-match ODI series against England with the first one to be played on the 25th of February in Hamilton at 1400 local (0100 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye.
Winning captain, David Warner, says he is over the moon. He feels they have been clinical and they have executed their plans well. Credits every player and says they have played really well. Reckons their performance have proved the depth in Australian cricket. Ends by saying the bowlers have learnt from their last game here and also the wicket played well for them.
Losing captain, Kane Williamson, says they could not assess the wicket as it was a little different. Reckons 20 runs more would have been more competitive. Admits the rain probably did not affect the result. Credits the way Australia batted. Informs they did try to take early wickets but they were not able to do so. Further adds they have performed well but have ended up on the wrong side. Reckons this format requires freedom which brings the best out of a player. Mentions he is happy for them to have made it to the finals but were outplayed by a strong Australian side. He ends by saying he is looking forward to the ODI series against the English side.
Player of the series, Glenn Maxwell, feels really good. Reckons the wicket was different today as it was on the slower side. States they have played good cricket throughout and they deserve it. Admits it is not easy to play on a consistent basis coming in the middle order but he has done well. About his bowling he says, he is happy to get a couple of wickets in Hobart but was not needed here.
Man of the Match, Ashton Agar, says it was nice for him that wicket played a little slower. Reckons it was tough for the batsmen and he did his job. Informs the length matters as it has to be good, bowling anywhere. Admits this has been the most enjoyable tour for him so far. Ends by saying they have made the most of the opportunities they have had and the boys have done really well.
The New Zealand bowlers not only needed to keep it tight but also needed to take wickets. They did manage to bowl well till the fifth over but once Short put his foot down runs-scoring became too easy. Sodhi, Santner and Munro chipped in with wickets but they were all too late. Stay tuned for the presentation.
Another dominant display by Aussies, the side which has been excellent throughout the series. To be honest, their bowlers set it up for them by restricting the New Zealand team to a below par total and then their batters added the finishing touch. Short and Warner stitched another 50-run stand, that too in quick time before the former fell after reaching to his fifty. There was drama in between with two quick wickets after that but Australia always had the run chase within their grasp. Finch and Maxwell then combined forces to build an unbeaten 37-run stand before rain intervened.
So that is it, the umpires feel the ground is not good enough to resume and hence, the players are seen shaking hands near the dug out. Australia win the FIRST EVER T20I TRI-SERIES BY 19 RUNS (DLS METHOD)!
Good news folks! The covers are off, the rain has stopped and the umpires are out having a look.
The rain has arrived again! It is harder this time and the players are running back to the pavilion. The crowd is not happy here and the groundsmen come out with the covers. Australia though are way ahead of the DLS par score at the moment.
Mitchell Santner to Aaron Finch
SIX! 30 from 32 now! Probably the over which turns the tide completely in Australia's favour. Santner floats it up on middle, Finch makes room and deposits it over the bowler for half a dozen.
On the pads, worked around the corner for a couple.
Mitchell Santner to Glenn Maxwell
Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
Just a single of the Free Hit! Full and wide outside off, Finch mistimes his slog towards the leg side for a run.
NO BALL! That has surely slipped out of his hands. A high full toss on middle, Finch though is surprised by it as he mistimes his shot towards long on. Chapman there catches it but seeing the momentum taking him over the ropes, he throws it up in the air, goes out and then jumps inside to catch it and throw it back to the bowler. The batsmen take two. Free Hit coming up.
Mitchell Santner is back on.
Ish Sodhi to Glenn Maxwell
Another leg spinner but on the shorter side. Maxwell tries to cut but gets a bottom edge back to the keeper.
Ish Sodhi to Aaron Finch
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
Drags his length back outside off, turning away. Finch chops it to the keeper.
Shorter in length outside off, cut to point.