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David Warner, Aaron Finch power Australia to 200/7 in ICC World T20 2014 warm-up tie against New Zealand

David Warner played a blazing innings of 64 from 27 balls before retiring out © Getty Images
David Warner played a blazing innings of 65 from 26 balls before retiring out © Getty Images

Mar 19, 2014

Australia‘s explosive openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner fired once again as they shared a 113-run stand in just eight overs to set a target 201 of against New Zealand in the ICC World T20 2014 warm-up tie.

Having won the toss, skipper George Bailey elected to bat. The Aussies are fielding 13 players for the match with spinners Brad Hogg and James Muirhead not featuring in the playing XI while batting. Coming at the back of a confident 2-0 T20 series win against South Africa, the openers hammered the Kiwi bowlers all around.

After three overs, the Aussies were 23 for no loss. Finch and Warner smashed 83 in the next four overs which included 10 boundaries and six sixes. The Kiwis would thank their fate that this wasn’t a main draw match. The Australian showed some mercy when Finch retired out for 47 from 22 balls. Just about an over later Glenn Maxwell was out leg-before by Anton Devcich. Warner too went back retired out for 65 in 26 balls which included seven boundaries and five sixes.

The blazing start had given the other batsmen to swing their arms freely. Shane Watson was dismissed for a quickfire 27 from 18 balls. The run-scoring dipped from thereon as Corey Anderson removed Bailey for 19 and Kyle Mills struck twice in an over with the wickets of  Brad Hodge for 25 and Brad Haddin for a duck.

The Kiwis have looked below par in the two warm-up matches. They were outclassed by Pakistan two days ago and they find themselves under tremendous pressure to chase 201 this time around.

Brief scores:

Australia 200 for 7 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 47, David Warner 47; Kyle Mills 2 for 21) vs New Zealand.

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