Symonds shines for Aussies
Symonds muscle helps Australia win Twenty20 against New Zealand
Last Updated: December 11, 2007 1:28pm
Symonds: Big hitter
Andrew Symonds hit an unbeaten 85 as Australia completed a 54-run victory in their Twenty20 international against New Zealand.
Symonds hit a beefy 85 not out, including seven fours and three sixes, as Australia made 186-6 from their 20 overs, including 33 from new skipper Michael Clarke.
The Black Caps could not contend with Shaun Tait and Brett Lee's pace attack in their run chase and, despite a brutal 66 from Jacob Oram they were bowled out for 132.
Australia got off to a shocking start at the WACA when Adam Gilchrist went for just a single as Jeetan Patel plucked a superb flying one-handed catch out of the air to hand Mark Gillespie the first of his two wickets.
Patel then deceived Mike Hussey and he was stumped for 22, before Clarke fell to Daniel Vettori for 33.
Adam Voges made 26 before Patel bagged a second wicket and Luke Pomersbach became Gillespie's second victim when he went for 15 to Ross Taylor's third catch.
Symonds dominated the innings though and his 85 not out, including an 80-run stand with Voges, dragged the Aussies up to 186-6 in their 20 overs.
New Zealand managed to eclipse Australia and get off to a worse start as Lou Vincent went to the first ball of the innings from Lee, who also accounted for Brendon McCullum.
Tait then struck to get rid of Jamie How and Ross Taylor and the Black Caps were struggling on 30-4.
Mitchell Johnson got in on the act when he took the next two wickets with Mathew Sinclair going for a duck and Scott Styris 18 and New Zealand were all but out of it on 49-6.
Only Oram was standing up to the Australian bowling attack, and he launched six big sixes as he single-handedly tried to rescue the game.
Ashley Noffke had not even faced a ball when he was run out for nought in Australia's innings, but he did much better with the ball as he helped finish the game off.
Noffke grabbed 3-18 and Oram was left stranded on 66 not out from just 31 balls, as Australia claimed the victory ahead of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.