Australia and New Zealand faced each other in an worldwide T20 this morning, for those of us in Europe, with New Zealand knowing that a win would put them into the final of the tri-series than also includes England. The Kiwis enter the game at Hamilton as the favourites, after their 12-run victory over England last Tuesday.
McMillan said aside from the New Zealand team, not many people would have left the ground unhappy with the entertainment provided.
England could still make the final if they beat New Zealand on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 5.30am, despite now having an inferior run-rate.
"To come in here and play at Eden Park is one of the more daunting tasks as an global side", Finch said on Thursday. The home side will have everything to play for when they step out the T20I match between New Zealand and Auckland on Friday in Auckland. The match was under the control of Black Caps and they were about to win the match.
It was a night of high scoring with New Zealand's batters also reaping the benefits of the short boundary. It was a great choice for Black Caps and they started to dominate the Aussie bowlers since the beginnings.
Short went on to anchor Australia's innings, reaching 76 before he skied a Trent Boult short ball to New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Siefert.
Possibly just as impressive as the catch was Australia's successful chase of the huge target. Enroute his century, Guptill also became the highest scorer in T20Is.
David Warner (59) and D'Arcy Short (76) flung the bat with abandon in the powerplay, improbably racing ahead of the rate at 91 without loss after six overs. Three wickets fell as Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme and Kane Williamson struggled to get going.
Martin Guptill, who surprisingly went unsold at the IPL auctions a few weeks ago, gave glimpses of what was in store as he began the New Zealand innings with a boundary off the bowling of Kane Richardson.
But surprisingly team Australia chased the score successfully. They reached the target 230 losing eight wickets in 19.5 overs.
"ICC should ban play and force NZ to play on a regulation size ground", Maxwell tweeted during the match.