That meant they had an overall lead of 272 runs with 75.3 overs still left in the day — plenty of time in which to declare against an England side without several batsmen well-suited to a run chase in injured all-rounder Ben Stokes...
“Our team’s success in managing COVID-19 and keeping it out over the past 12 months now opens up the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and resume Trans-Tasman travel,” Ardern said in a news conference.
Even as fans in almost all cricketing nations will be glued to TV during the India-New Zealand World Test Championship final (WTC) starting on June 18, Australian cricket enthusiasts will miss out as no broadcaster has secured rights to televise the match that will decide the world's best Test team.
"I tried to play it down as much as I could because I thought at some point in the tournament I'm going to lose a toss and we'll have to bat first. "But it did play a big part. You saw at the end there, the dew factor, the slow balls weren't holding in the wicket as much."
Australia and New Zealand both will fancy their chances of laying their hands on the maiden T20 World Cup trophy with a victory in the final on Sunday.