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15-Feb-2018 09:11:00 GMT
NZ v Aus, 5th match, Auckland

New Zealand eye Trans-Tasman final berth

Auckland: New Zealand would look to seal their place in the final of the Trans-Tasman tri-series when they take on Australia for the 5th Twenty20 International of the tri-nation T20 series in Auckland.

The hosts defeated England by 12 runs in the fourth game in Wellington on 13 February, thus registering their first win in the tournament since losing their series opener against Australia in Sydney on 3 February.

A win over Australia on Friday would take them through to the final on 21 February and set up their clash with the same opponents at the same venue.

The hosts gained some form in the previous match, with both batsmen and bowlers doing well in a close game against England.

Captain Kane Williamson top-scored with a 65-ball 72 while opening batsman Martin Guptill made a 40-ball 68 to propel New Zealand's score to 196/5 in 20 overs. Debutant Mark Chapman also chipped in with a brisk cameo of 20 off just 13 balls.

Australia have been unbeaten so far in the series. Maxwell, in particular, has been in imperious form with both bat and ball, having scored a match-winning 103 and picked up 3/10 in the second game of the series in Hobart.

Lynn has looked dangerous whenever he has come out to bat and Short remained unbeaten in Australia's last innings. The form of David Warner, who has scores of 6, 4 and 2, remains a cause for concern.

Teams from

David Warner (capt), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler.

Pitch and conditions:
Pitch should be good for batting and with small boundary sizes and humidity of 68% is expected on Friday. .

Match facts
Friday February 16, 2018
Start time: 19:00 local (6:00 GMT)

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