What He Does Best

Wellington – Josh Philippe did what he does best in the third IT20 vs. New Zealand.  His 27 ball 43 gave impetus to Australia’s innings helping the visitors to their first win in the five match series.

Batting first, Australia lost Wade (5) in the second over. With 6 runs on the scoreboard, Josh was soon showing his aggressive intentions, hitting a 6 over deep square leg.

Together with captain Aaron Finch (69) Josh kept the scoreboard moving, the pair sharing a 32 ball 50 run partnership.

The Finch-Philippe partnership added a further 33 runs. Then with Josh on 43 (1 six, 3 fours) he skied an expansive shot, the ball this time falling into Guptill’s welcoming hands.

The innings maintained its momentum thanks to Maxwell (70). Australia ended on a respectable 208-4 on completion of their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, New Zealand got off to a brisk start before their innings fell apart. New Zealand were all out for 144, giving Australia a 64 run victory.

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