Australia beat New Zealand by 19 Runs in T20 Final

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Australian spinner Ashton Agar goes up for an appeal in the T20 Tri Series final against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland.

However, they could not match the impact of left-arm orthodox tweaker Ashton Agar, who took three for 27 in a man-of-the-match performance to restrict the hosts to 150 for nine.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first.

New Zealand failed to recover and kept losing regular wickets but Ross Taylor's valiant innings and Ish Sodi's resilience took them to 150/9.

After a subdued Ashes and a struggle in the opening games, David Warner rediscovered his joie de vivre at Auckland with 59 from 24 balls, where D'Arcy Short's free-spirited walloping alongside him no doubt reminded him of his own T20 origins.

It might still be considered a bit of "hit and giggle" by traditionalists around the world, but as the rise in popularity of Twenty20 cricket has staggered all and sundry, the seriousness with which teams approach the format has gone from the heady days of retro shirts, headbands and fuzzy afros when Australia travelled to New Zealand for the first global game to big business.

Australia won all five of their matches.

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DAVID Warner has Australia on the verge of becoming the world's No.1 ranked Twenty20 team but says he hasn't spoken to Steve Smith about taking over as the full-time captain.

New Zealand (probable): 1.

New Zealand set a target three times; Australia chased it down three times, albeit with two Duckworth-Lewis method interventions. "The bowlers bowled well", Warner said.

Andrew Tye has been impressive with the ball for Australia, with eight wickets, while Trent Boult has also picked up eight wickets for New Zealand.

The New Zealand opener needed quite some time to get going, he returned with 3 and 11 in the first couple of games against Australia and England.

Despite concerns over the size of the Eden Park, Williamson agreed with New Zealand coach Mike Hesson that the ground is a "great cricket venue".

That started a mini stumble as Sodhi bowled Warner (25), and Agar (2) - batting at three with Chris Lynn having dislocated his shoulder in the field - stumped after failing to deal with wide Mitchell Santner delivery. Like the format as a whole, the world's first T20 global may have been treated as a gimmick by its participants, but the game has got rather more serious in recent times.

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