Australia stun Black Caps, chase down record-breaking 244

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Aukland (Web Desk): Australia on Friday stunned New Zealand at Eden Park, chased the record breaking target of 244 as Aussies openers out blast the kiwi bowlers.

Chasing the massive total of 244, David Warner and Darcy Short came out all guns blazing in the middle and started raining boundaries.

All the seamers Tim Southee, Ben Wheeler and Trent Boult struggled to control the run flow and found no helps from their fielders, who dropped catches and made plenty of misfields.

Warner went on to slam his fifty in just 20 balls before he was dismissed by Ish Sodhi for 59. Darcy Short slammed his fifty after which Chris Lynn departed on 18. Glenn Maxwell hammered 31 runs in 14 balls before he was dismissed by Tim Southee.

Short was dismissed by Trent Boult on 76. Aaron Finch hammered 36* runs in 14 balls to create history and defeated New Zealand by 5 wickets. It is the highest total ever chased in T20I in history.

Guptill´s 49-ball century was New Zealand´s fastest T20 ton and the team total of 243 equalled the highest ever posted by the Black Caps.

Martin Guptill has taken two T20 international records off his former skipper Brendon McCullum in the one night as he hammered a memorable century against Australia at Eden Park.

Munro and Guptill scored at more than 12 runs an over, exploiting the short boundaries down the ground. Munro hit Andrew Tye for three successive sixes off the first three balls of the 11th over.

Having won their previous three matches before Friday, Australia had already qualified for the final of the tri-series, that also includes England, at the same ground on Feb. 21.

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